Ride a little Yorkshire Heritage

Yorkshire Heritage, Yorkshire Hospitality with volunteering at Elsecar Heritage Railway.

Join our 100% voluntary team to discover new adventures, new friendships, new purpose and new skills as you help us keep our heritage trains running.   With a wide variety of roles we have something to interest everyone and you don’t have to be a train enthusiast to get involved.   We offer training and support across our roles and many offer competence certificates and references that make excellent CV and skills evidence.   We welcome beginners, let us show you how a railway is run!

From giving a smile to a customer, to cleaning the loos, to making tea, to serving food on the train, to selling tickets, to answering the phone, to taking bookings, to driving or firing a steam locomotive, to repairing the track and buildings, to doing the weeding, to helping with publicity, to arranging events, or telling visitors about our history - we have many exciting activities to get involved in.     Have a chat with one of our team or ask to meet our Volunteer Coordinator to discuss volunteering opportunities at Elsecar Heritage Railway.

Volunteers are welcome from 16 years old, however, volunteers under 18 years old are not able to carry out Safety Critical Work.  To undertake railway operations Safety Critical Roles (like fireman) you will need to be be physically and mentally fit, be prepared for early starts and long days and to get filthy, and be prepared to study, train, sit examinations and be assessed you are competent to undertake the role.

For customer service roles we love to meet volunteers who can give the friendly, smiling service that Yorkshire hospitality is famed for.  For those who like to work quietly behind the scenes then we have maintenance and engineering teams who do great work in keeping everything in working order, or many administration tasks in our office team, so important to keeping our business alive.

We are an equal opportunities organisation so welcome people from all backgrounds, even from Lancashire!


Want to know more about our volunteering? Then take a look at this video created for us by Students from University of Sheffield School of Architecture.



Our Commercial Department is seeking people with business, marketing, retail, catering and event planning skills.

Our Chairman would welcome help from people with Funding Application expertise.

Our Operations Department has vacancies for Trainee Footplate Crew (must be 18 years or over, be able to pass a medical, be prepared for early starts and to get very dirty).

Not interested in these roles but would like to volunteer? -  then please get in touch as we may have the perfect role for you.


For more information, please use our Contact Us page.