Working in heritage rail

Working in heritage rail

Have you always dreamt of working with steam engines? Is your ideal job restoring or looking after vintage carriages? Or perhaps you’re the kind of person who loves empowering and developing a team?   

Heritage rail is supported by a huge number of volunteers, whose input is invaluable, but the sector has always employed a much smaller number of paid staff. Whether it’s specialist engineers, marketing experts, or safety professionals, there are occasional opportunities to be a part of the sector at all levels.  

Preserving and innovating

People in heritage rail are passionate and committed to the future of this vibrant sector that contributes £600m to the UK economy and welcomes 13 million visitors each year. They understand why preserving our heritage for future generations is vital. But they’re not afraid to innovate and find new ways to tackle the challenges that the 21st Century presents to heritage rail. 

If that sounds like you, then heritage rail offers rewarding work in a practical environment and cherishes people who get things done. 

The Heritage Railway Association shares selected job opportunities from our member organisations. Please apply directly to the railway, tramway or rolling stock group using the details provided unless otherwise stated. 

Current opportunities 


Membership and Business Development Manager

The HRA is seeking an adaptable, self-motivated, hands-on Membership and Business Development Manager. The successful candidate will have a professional outlook and can-do attitude, share our values and be keen to help heritage – and our members - to prosper. 

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Personal Assistant and Company Administrator - Part time

The HRA is looking for a Personal Assistant and Compnay Adminstrator who is self-motivated and professional attitude, with good humour and resilience, plus strong organisational skills and extensive administrative and office experience. 

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Infrastructure Manager

The Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways are looking for a knowledgeable and multi-talented Infrastructure Manager to lead our Infrastructure Department and influence the development of railway infrastructure across the heritage railway sector.

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General Manager

The Railway Preservation Society of Ireland are seeking a permanent General Manager to take responsibility for overall staffing and operational effectiveness of the organisation and the day-to-day management of the Society. This role will be based at the RPSI's Whitehead Railway Museum.

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Voluntary Trustee roles

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway Trust is seeking new Trustees.

The Board of Trustees of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway Trust is responsible for the strategic leadership and governance of the incorporated charity’s activities and the achievement of its charitable purposes in line with charity and company law. Achievement of these charitable purposes requires an understanding of education, heritage management, environmental conservation, and the volunteer ethos.

The commitment needed is in the region of 25 days per year and the length of a Trustee’s tenure is three years. Trustees do not receive any payment nor reimbursement of expenses.

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