Job Vacancies

The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway is one of the leading Heritage Railways in the UK and one of Yorkshire’s best known tourist attractions. The Railway is owned, operated and managed principally by volunteers, but it also relies on a small dedicated team of full time staff to support the most essential functions.

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We are always keen to receive enquiries about any of our duties, here are some for example:

Booking clerk – The role of a booking clerk is that all important first link the traveller has with our Railway. A broad smile, welcoming nature, and good appearance are the first needs of a booking clerk.
Station foreman – A station foreman assists in the prompt running and safe passage of trains on our Railway, and the safe transfer of passengers and goods in the charge of the Railway.
Crossing keepers – The important role of a crossing keeper is to assist in the safe and prompt passage of trains on our Railway. A crossing keeper learns how to not just operate the crossing gates, but the signalling systems applying to those gates.
Damems Junction Signaller –  Definitely one of the most interesting jobs on the railway. It is a job with a lot of responsibility for the safe running of trains. Read “A day in the life of a signaller”.
Guards – Have two roles.  Primarily, fundamentality and overall, they are there to ensure the safe operation of the train and secondly if it is carrying passengers, their satisfaction with the train and journey.
Catering – Mention “Let’s have a Day Out “ and it invariably brings up the question of “Where can we eat?”  The KWVR can certainly put on the style from with our splendidly restored ex-Bournemouth Belle 1930’s Pullman cars.

In addition from time to time we have vacancies for jobs that require a specific skill set, a skill that not many of us possess.

Voluntary vacancies now exist to fill the void being left due to the retirement of two key members.  The position of Insurance Advisor has now become vacant and similarly a key position in the Carriage & Wagon Department.

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 382 323.

Infrastructure Team

The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway has a new department to manage all the infrastructure on the Worth Valley Railway and we are looking to recruit a tradespeople team of volunteers for the maintenance of our buildings, mainly stations, and signal & telegraph installations.

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If you are interested in joining the Infrastructure Team and work alongside like minded people (enjoy good banter and drink copious quantities of tea) then Follow the link to Read More >>>