Volunteering

All work at Midsomer Norton is on a voluntary basis and we are always on the lookout for new volunteers. 

There are a wide variety of jobs to be done in all of the departments on the railway, helping with practical work or behind the scenes roles. Relevant skills are useful but not essential and we do offer training for any work that requires it.

Manual work might include trackwork or signalling, telecoms, motive power, carriage & wagon, buildings and grounds and more. Examples of more behind the scenes work are: finance, planning, civil engineering & design, environmental management, personnel, health & safety.

There's no requirement to do one single job and a variety of work may be more appealing to you.

Qualifications are required for some roles such as locomotive driving, maintenance and more, but training will be provided for these roles. If you wish to pay a single visit to try things out on an 'at your own risk' basis (paid-up working members are covered for insurance purposes) drop in on a Sunday or on a Monday.

The railway also runs a once a year volunteer weekend when you can come along, have a look around the site, enjoy a train ride and learn more about the opportunities that are open to our working volunteers. Look on our Events page for dates and details.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, then send an email with your details to  [email protected] - here is a list of the kind of roles we're currently looking to fill although don't be put off contacting us if your area of interest isn't listed and you'd still like to help:

Working Weekend
Roger Burfitt

Volunteer vacancies - updated January 2022

STATION SHOP / RETAIL SUPPORT

Assist in the running of the Station Shop and newly renovated Second Hand Book Stall. Duties include selling ticket and shop items, handling cash and operating the till and card machine, answering the telephone and dealing with passenger queries. Normal Operating Days: mainly Sundays, occasional Saturdays, Wednesdays and Mondays / Fridays in August.

BUFFET  COACH SUPPORT

Assist in the running of the Station Buffet Coach serving hot and cold refreshments and snacks.  Handling cash and operating the card machine as well as keeping the coach clean and tidy. Normal Operating Days: mainly Sundays, occasional Saturdays, Wednesdays and Mondays / Fridays in August.

 MARKETING / ADVERTISING SUPPORT

Supporting the advertising and marketing of the Station operating days, events and general news.  Creating content for the website and liaising with the local newspapers and social media outlets.  Creating newsletters and emails to be distributed to our subscription lists.

 ADMIN SUPPORT

Supporting the company and Trust with general admin duties including taking meeting minutes

 ONLINE SHOP SUPPORT

Managing the online shop and ebay sales including maintaining stock levels, liaising with suppliers and publishers and dealing with the packing and postage of items.

 PLATFORM STAFF

To support in the safe dispatch of trains and assist in the general cleanliness of train carriages and the station environment such as emptying bins and keeping the toilets clean.

Our carriage and wagon, gardening and permanent way departments meet regularly throughout and offer a welcome cup of tea to new volunteers. We are also always on the lookout for people to support the operating of the train services including locomotive staff, guards and signallers.

The first in a series of interviews with our working volunteers - Matthew Harris.
The second in our series of interviews with our working volunteers - Harry McConnell  
Interview with Micheal Abbott - Head of Operations.