Did you know that the Tanfield Railway is operated and maintained by volunteers?

During the late 1960s a small group of friends decided that something must be done to save the North East’s railway heritage, since then the Tanfield Railway has been rebuilt and preserved by passionate volunteers.

It’s my confidence and people skills
that have developed here at Tanfield.
I find it much easier to speak to people
as I was much quieter when I started.

Youth Team volunteer

I turned up as a shy 17 year old with no
real skills at all. I’ve learnt a lot of
woodwork, quite a bit of fitting, painting,
trackwork … all sorts really.

Carriage & Waggon manager

There is loads of work and plenty of
variety. There is opportunity for
physical work of varying degrees
or activities or a more genteel nature.

Trust Secretary

Whether serving tea, selling tickets, replacing sleepers, doing joinery, painting, maintaining plant, machining parts, being a guard, cleaning locos, repairing exhibits, gardening, helping visitors, or keeping the place tidier – all the tasks needed to maintain and operate the Tanfield Railway are carried out by volunteers.

We always need people who are skilled or adaptable, regardless of age, who can give time (regularly or not), and are willing to learn while enjoying working with others. Whatever your background we should be able to find a satisfying and rewarding volunteering opportunity for you – perhaps you too could one day be a steam engine driver!

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    Operated and maintained by volunteers. Preserving North East industrial railway heritage.