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Volunteering at Lappa Valley

If you love the hiss and roar of a steam journey and would be interested in volunteering at Lappa Valley, please get in touch with us. It's a chance to give something back to the community and share your love of Lappa.

As a volunteer, you would be joining a friendly and dynamic team engaged in a wide range of different projects. Training and support is given to all our volunteers.

Maintenance Gang (Tuesdays)

Track maintenance is a key part of running the Lappa Valley Railway. During the summer months when trains are running, we will have regular days where we are out changing sleepers, levelling and packing track, greasing fishplates and general maintenance but during the winter months we undertake major relay projects, which all require manpower! Track maintenance is ideal for those people who would prefer not to interact with the public.

Trackside & Site Clearance Gang (Thursdays)

Clearing the trackside of vegetation and keeping the grass cut back is an essential part of keeping our railway presentable and safe. Jobs will include strimming, bonfires, hedge trimming and maintenance. We are looking to form a ‘once a week gang’ who will tackle different parts of the trackside every week, keeping it clear of overgrowth and looking presentable. This is not a public facing role.

Locomotive Department

Assisting in our locomotive department can mean getting involved in a number of different roles. This could include helping prepare a locomotive for a day’s service, cleaning the locomotives (both steam and diesel), cutting firewood (used to light fires in the locomotives) and assisting one of our engineers with various maintenance and overhaul work. A good job and opportunity for those not afraid to get their hands dirty and those willing to muck in with a variety of jobs.



Minimum age for volunteers is 18 years old. There is no maximum age.



Track maintenance Gang (Tuesdays) – this is non-committal role, but you will need to meet with the Railway gang once a week.

Trackside and Site clearance gang (Thursdays) – this is non-committal role, but you will need to meet with the Railway gang once a week.

Locomotive Department – this is a non-committal role, and work can be undertaken on any day by letting us know at least one day in advance of when you would like to come, or you can set a regular day a week.


Additional Information

Volunteers will need to come suitably dressed, wet weather clothes for the slightly damp days and steel toe cap boots are a must. Orange high viz vests are also required to work on the trackside. Safety is our prime concern at all times to our staff and visitors. All work carried out by volunteer or paid staff must be done in accordance the company’s rules and regulations.


For more information

Please contact Ben Harding, Railway Operations Manager for a chat about our volunteering opportunities.

Phone: 01872 510 317


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