Volunteer vacancies on the West Somerset Railway

WSRA vacancies

Assistant to the Retail Manager (paid post)

WSRA Promotions Ltd is seeking a seasonal Retail Assistant to assist and cover for our Retail Manager, working in the shop and café on Bishops Lydeard Station for 3-4 days a week (up to 32 hours) to include 1 weekend day. Flexibility is essential in this role!


We are looking for someone from a Retail/Catering background with cash handling experience, an excellent customer service record and strong people management skills with a definite ‘hands-on’ approach!


This is a seasonal role to work until October.

To apply please enquire in the shop and ask for Kate or give

her a call on 01823 432125 or e-mail shop@wsra.org.uk


WSR Journal Editor

The WSR journal is an A5 sized features based glossy magazine for our members and supporters. It is issued four times a year and run by a team of dedicated volunteers, led by the Editor, with contributions from all around the railway.

Our current Journal editor will be standing down after the summer 2017 issue and we are looking for someone to succeed him.  There will be an opportunity to work with the current editor on the summer issue, before taking over for the autumn 2017 issue.  For more information please contact either the WSRA General Manager or the current Journal Editor.


Database Adviser

The WSRA has a need for someone with database knowledge and skills.  As a fundraising membership organisation we need to store a lot of information in a safe, secure and easily accessible format - in other words a database.  We do have some databases, but they are old and need some TLC.  It may be that someone with the right skills could simply tidy them up, write a few new queries for us and all would be well.  OR perhaps it would be simpler to start afresh.

Do you have the skills to help?  Would you be able to look at our old access databases and advise on the best way forward?

Please contact the WSRA General Manager to discuss how you can help.


Steam Rally Volunteers

The annual Steam Fayre and Vintage Vehicle Rally is our major fundraising event.  This year it will be held on 5th and 6th August. It is a major event in the Steam Rally Calendar and we could not run it without an army of enthusiastic volunteers.

We need  help before, during and after the event with a range of tasks from Marshall and Safety Officer to Barmaid and Programme Seller.  For more information and to download an application form please visit  the dedicated website.

Other WSR vacancies

Quantock Belle Dining Train volunteers

The WSRA owned Quantock Belle dining train is operated and run by the WSR plc. They are now recruiting for new volunteers for the 2017 season.  Bar, Kitchen and Stewarding staff are all needed.  The work is varied, fun and rewarding and previous catering experience is not essential as full training will be given.

For more information, please contact the Train Manager.