Help us run the railway

Almost everyone you see at the Kent & East Sussex Railway is a volunteer and behind the scenes there are many more. The Trustees are volunteers, as are many of the people who are restoring and maintaining the locomotives, coaches, signalling, track and stations.

Without the commitment of our volunteers we would not exist. Can you help? We would love to welcome you. There is always lots to do.  Here is just a small selection of opportunities in our various departments:


Keep our visitors on the move as Drivers, Firemen, Cleaners, Guards, Signalmen or Crossing Keepers. Visit the K&ESR Operating Department here

Forestry & Conservation

Keep our railway safe and attractive by maintaining trackside vegetation.

Locomotive Department

Keep our visitors moving and aware of our railway heritage by helping with steam & diesel locomotive restoration and maintenance in our workshop at Rolvenden station. A group of volunteers known as The Saturday Gang contribute to the work of the department, to see what they have been up to you can read their blog here.

Carriage & Wagon Department

Our visitors spend most of their time with us in one of our historic carriages. Help us restore and maintain them in our purpose built workshop at Tenterden.

Signals & Telecommunications

Help us to provide, restore and maintain our signals, IT and internal telephone network.

Civil Engineering and Permanent Way

Give our visitors a safe and attractive railway experience by planning, maintaining and developing the railway's infrastructure and trackwork.


Provide for our visitors in the Station Refreshment Rooms at Tenterden, Northiam Tea Room, Bodiam Station, on-board our trains and on the 'Wealden Pullman' dining train.

Travelling Ticket Inspectors

Greet passengers, check their tickets on the trains provide assistance to enhance their visit.

Booking Office & Platform Staff

Welcome and care for our visitors. Sell train travel tickets and guide books.


Care for our Museum and its visitors.


The Gardening Group, co-ordinated by Veronica Hopker (01303 862811), continues to go from strength to strength. Please contact Veronica if you feel able to help in any way.

Gift Shop

Serve our customers and help maintain our gift shop. As a registered educational charity, the support of retail activities is essential to ensure the railway continues to prosper.

K&ESR Terrier Club

In order to provide an opportunity for young people between the ages of 9 and 15 years to take an active interest in the running of the railway, we have set up a club within which youngsters will be encouraged to work in small groups under experianced adult supervision.

K&ESR Staff

You do not have to be a "railway person" to get involved. Full training is given and most of our staff come from backgrounds that have nothing to do with railways.

To ensure you are properly insured, you must become a Member of the Kent & East Sussex Railway Company before you volunteer. For some jobs involving operating trains it may be necessary to take a medical.

Please contact our Volunteer Recruitment Officer, we are always in need of further help.

View our 'Help us run the Railway' leaflet


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