Crossing Keeper

The all 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. A crossing keeper has, once fully passed out, the responsibility of ‘managing’ a small station such as Oakworth or Damems on the day of their duty, and which includes the safe dispatching of trains which have stopped at their particular station. A crossing keeper will be fully conversant with the rules of hand signals, train protection, and actions required in cases of an emergency as well as procedures applying to night time running and bad weather. In all a crossing keeper has a very varied knowledge which in turn is very rewarding.

If you would like to know more about training to be a Crossing Keeper, send an email to the KWVR Volunteer Liaison Officer at, or call 01535 645214 between 09.30 and 16.30.