Job & Volunteer Vacancies

Paid Vacancies

Vehicle Builder – Full/Part Time – 12 Month Contract

The Talyllyn Railway is a heritage railway based in Tywyn, Gwynedd. The railway has run since 1865 and attracts around 50,000 visitors every year. 

One of the unique aspects of the railway, is that the original locomotives and carriages are still used.  This does means, however, that there is a constant maintenance need – and this has given rise to the requirement for a Vehicle Builder to join our team at Pendre works.

The successful applicant will lead the repair, maintenance and construction of our rolling stock (carriages and wagons), giving help and guidance to the volunteer groups who work at the railway.

The carriages are mainly built of wood, so skills in Woodwork. Carpentry or Joinery are essential.  Other skills like coach painting, glazing, welding, general engineering and upholstery are all desirable.

The post is full time, but applications for part time/job share would be welcomed.  Salary would be dependent on skills.

The job is for a 12 month period, but could be extended depending on workloads.

Applicants would need to attend an interview and practical assessment.  We would also welcome enquiries from companies or contractors that might be able to carry out the work.

For more details or to apply to Chris Smith, Engineering Manager


Tel: 01654 710643

Volunteer Vacancies


Catering Assistant – King’s Cafe, Tywyn Wharf Station
Catering Assistant – Quarrymans Caban Tea Room, Abergynolwyn Station

We are looking for cheerful people to join our friendly and dedicated team in both of our catering outlets. Hours can be flexible to suit your needs, the main role involves:- * serving at the counter and food service * help clearing and wiping tables * helping with washing up Hours are flexible – any help would be gratefully received! Ideally, we are looking for volunteers to help over the busy lunch time periods for anything from a couple of hours, to help keep the cafes looking their best, the tables clear, the displays full and help with the washing up. You would be very much part of the team and made very welcome. If you are interested, please contact Karen our Catering Manager at, or pop into King’s Cafe at Tywyn Wharf station –  speak to Karen.

Booking Clerks

The role of a Booking Clerk is the important first link the customer has with our Railway. A broad smile, welcoming nature, and good appearance are the all important first needs of a Booking Clerk. Our Booking Clerks have a state of the art IT system for issuing tickets at their disposal, and the handling of money is a much simpler process with the computerised system managing every transaction. The role of Booking Clerk is a very rewarding position, meeting the public face to face, advising of what our Railway has to offer, as well as advising on how to make the most of the Railway. For more information please email:

Traffic Staff

The Traffic Department volunteers are often the most visible to the passenger, in their role as Guard, Stationmaster, or Blockman (the TR “Signalman”). A Guard normally begins the day by cleaning and preparing the train. This is followed by two or more trips up the line, when he or she is responsible both for looking after passengers and the safe, punctual operation of the train. All Guards begin as Trainees, working alongside an experienced Guard and possibly an Assistant Guard. As in all departments, the training is very practical – you will learn about ticket issuing and checking, and you will build up your experience of the line and the operation of the railway, which will enable you, once you have become an Assistant, to begin guarding trains under the supervision of the Guard. Guards also perform station duties. However, if you enjoy meeting the public, but do not wish to work on the trains themselves, you may decide to become a Station Assistant, which can also be a very worthwhile and rewarding experience. A Blockman is responsible for the signalling and passing of trains up and down the line. Although this may seem a more solitary occupation, particularly when you are rostered at some of the more remote blockposts, Blockmen often find that passengers are very interested in their work, and love to chat. A Controller is in charge of the operation of the Railway and experienced Blockmen and Guards can apply to be considered for this training. For more information please email: