Become a Volunteer

Help keep the Talyllyn Railway's wheels turning for future generations...

How you can help…

Become a Volunteer on the Talyllyn Railway, the world’s first preserved railway.  We look forward to welcoming you to the Talyllyn team, to work together toward a common purpose – the continued existence of the Talyllyn Railway.

The Talyllyn Railway has relied heavily upon volunteer labour since the Railway’s preservation in 1951.  An army of volunteers helped to rebuild the Railway and lay the foundations (quite literally) for the successful tourist attraction we are now.

Today, whilst several of the key roles at the Railway are full time, paid positions (Shop, Catering and Office staff) we still need up to twenty volunteers a day in roles such as station masters, track workers, steam and diesel drivers and most importantly – guards.  Why are guards so important?  Well without guards our trains wouldn’t be as safe, as clean or on time!  Don’t forget there are many other roles that may appeal to you as well  e.g. painting external wood and metalwork, looking after station gardens, hedge-laying, planting up tubs and planters for the platforms, working in the shop or cafe – there really is something for everyone and training is free.

As a Volunteer at the Railway, you can give as much or as little time as you like with some volunteers coming for a fortnight every summer and others appearing two or three times a week all year round.

If you’d like to get involved or have a query about what a day’s work at the Railway is like please get in touch with our Volunteer Coordinator, Lawrence Garvey, at the email address: volcoordinator@talyllyn.co.uk

Worried about the cost of accommodation whilst volunteering?  Why not check out our Volunteer Hostel for just £3.00 a night?

What’s in it for YOU….
  • Make new friends and become part of the Talyllyn family
  • Challenge yourself to try something different
  • Improve your self-confidence
  • Learn new skills, gain experience, discover hidden talents
  • Enhance your CV and improve employment prospects
  • Make a difference and gain a sense of achievement
…and above all have FUN!

Joining the Preservation Society is not compulsory and we welcome volunteers whether they are a part of the society or not.  So if you want you to guard trains, litter pick, man a station, lay track or simply help keep this wonderful heritage attraction running, why not become a volunteer today!

However, by Joining the Preservation Society you will help to ensure the Railway’s future further as well as receiving a quarterly magazine, The Talyllyn News, and other membership benefits.