Volunteer Vacancies

The recent restructuring of the Operating Company of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, a new department has been created to manage all the infrastructure on the Railway.

In addition to the civil engineering teams we are looking to recruit a tradespeople team of volunteers for the maintenance of our buildings, mainly stations. Listed below are the trades which this new team would, from time to time, be called upon. You don not have to fully trained in your chosen trade as we would emphasise that anyone with good DIY skills in these areas would also be very welcome.

♦  Builders
♦  Bricklayers
♦  Carpenters
♦  Joiners
♦  Drainage
♦  Electricians
♦  Plasterers
♦  Plumbers
♦  Painters & Decorators
♦  Roofers
♦  Stoneworker & Stonemasons
♦  Tilers
♦  Glazers

Signal & Telegraph Team

Main line railways are not alone in having challenges for controlling an ever-increasing growth in traffic. The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway has signalling systems to maintain and projects waiting to be developed. Just like the ‘big’ railway, the KWVR has to conform to strict signalling rules demanding safe systems of operation and control.

Like all other departments of the Railway, we are looking to recruit volunteers for our Infrastructure S&T Team. This would be of interest to trained Engineers and Technicians who would like to be involved in an ‘older’ method of operation, experience how it used to be done or for some people an opportunity to rekindle their former experience in this important skill. For more information Read more >>>

If you are interested in joining the Infrastructure Team and work alongside like minded people (enjoy good banter and drink copious quantities of tea) we would be very interested to hear from you.

Please contact Chris Jowett at chris.jowett@kwvr.co.uk for further information.

Volunteer Vacancies


Insurance Advisor

Our Insurance Advisor (Graham Bentley) has been carrying out this volunteer function for over nine years and is one of the many advisors and officers that work away in the background ensuring that the Railway is fully supported in such matters as all businesses must be.

Graham wishes to retire from this post early next year and therefore the Railway needs a volunteer to take up this important role from mid-2017 onwards. If you have any previous employment or experience in the insurance / under-writing professions, it would be of significant benefit to the Railway if you could consider taking up the post.

Graham will be only too willing to talk through what the role entails. If you can help in this important role please contact Company Secretary, Mike Curtis by email, mandscurtis@btinternet.com

Carriage and Wagon – Upholsterer

Our long-serving carriage upholstery volunteer will be retiring soon and so we’re looking for someone to follow in his well-trodden footsteps.

Apart from the Pullman cars, KWVR normally does this carriage work in-house, and other small jobs such as booking office and locomotive crews’ seats. There is a dedicated upholstery workshop at Oxenhope with necessary equipment including industrial sewing machine and the materials are available for the required work. Anyone with machining skills would be very welcome and working days are normally Saturdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays – one or more of which might be convenient for any new recruit(s).

For further information please contact Peter Eastham, Director Carriage & Wagon at p.eastham@talktalk.net or call him on 07905 382323.


If you would like to know more about volunteering and the roles for which we are always looking to fill on the Railway, visit the Volunteering page on the website.

Volunteer Job Vacancies

We are always on the lookout for more volunteers, but we have 2 specific roles available.

Two voluntary vacancies now exist for a new crucial role in the Loco Department and to fill the void in Carriage & Wagon due to retirement of a key member of the team.

♦ Loco Department Recruitment, Retention and Learning Officer
♦ Carriage and Wagon – Upholsterer

To find out more about these vital roles on the Railway, go to the KWVR website>>>>

Job Vacancies

Due to a restructure and retirement, two vacancies now exist for full time staff to work at our Head Office at Haworth Station and a new crucial voluntary role on the Board of Directors.

Marketing Officer

The role is vital for our Railway. The successful candidate will need to demonstrate an ability to develop and deliver an effective marketing and publicity plan for all aspects of the Railway, including a comprehensive marketing strategy, the creation and distribution of press releases, take overall responsibility for publicity materials, coordinate marketing volunteers and have involvement in their recruitment. Whilst the appointee will be expected to make a significant contribution to the development of what the Railway offers its customers and how it does this, most of all, their success will be judged by how much traffic on and income to the Railway increases, for which there is considerable scope.

Operations & Customer Service Assistant

The successful candidate will be the Railway’s main representative for customers, volunteers and other stakeholders in our Administration Office at Haworth acting as the main point of contact for enquiries from and solutions for all these audiences. It is essential that applicants are able to show that they understand what the Railway has to offer to these groups and be able to appreciate how this might be achieved. They need to show a high level of ability to interact with internal and external customers, their varied requirements and expectations in a very positive way. The role will involve a range of customer service, administrative, staff rostering, coordinating and railway operating duties.

Volunteer Director (Voluntary)

The KWVR has now been operating for nearly fifty years and as time moves on the challenge of recruiting, training and retaining our volunteer workforce is increasing. Recent changes to the structure and governance of its owning Charity, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway Preservation Society Limited are now cascading into the Operating Company, which in turn is undergoing a structural review to bring it into line with modern requirements and those of its business.

For further details and information visit the main website ⇒⇒⇒

Can You Help? – HR & Secretarial

As you know without volunteers the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway would not exist. We are very fortunate that we have several hundred working members contributing their time and skills in many different areas, from loco maintenance to flower bed maintenance. Along with these, we equally need volunteers to help in the administration of the Railway, not as glamorous perhaps as driving steam locomotives but absolutely essential if the Railway is to survive and thrive.

Do  you have Human Resources or Secretarial experience? If you have only limited time to spare or prefer to volunteer mostly from home, consider if you can help the Railway by volunteering for one of the following posts. Continue reading

Oxenhope & Keighley Buffets – Can YOU Help!

What better way to spend your Saturdays and Sundays than helping out on your favourite railway. Success brings its own problems and the buffets have been so busy they now need YOUR help. Passengers and working members alike appreciate the buffet facilities at either end of the line where there is time to sit and enjoy the catering facilities whilst the engine runs round to quench its own thirst before tackling the next journey up or down the Valley.

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Situations Vacant – Signalman

Damems Junction Signalmen

Whilst always sending out general appeals for more volunteers to help operate the Railway, specific vacancies often arise that may appeal to current volunteers. Additionally the vacancy may also appeal to Society members who would like to be involved and looking for a new way to put their time and energy to good use.

Following a review of the needs of the Railway in this ever challenging world, the Railway has highlighted the need to recruit additional signalmen to operate the Damems Junction Signalbox. If you fancy trying your hand at signalling on the Railway, please contact the Railway, giving your details, by e-mail to admin@kwvr.co.uk .

Featured image: Colin Smith