These volunteers can be seen all round the Railway. We need Guards,
Booking Clerks and Shop Assistants
You will learn about ticket issuing and checking and will meet our passengers and visitors as they explore the railway.
The end of the day is spent cleaning the coaches and shops and preparing for the next day.
Locomotive volunteers begin by being trainee fireman assisting around the engine shed, learning about the engines and railway working practices. Fireman who have mastered the art of getting the best out of the engine under all conditions then begin to learn the art of driving a steam locomotive under careful supervision.
Drivers are deemed competent after assessment by the Locomotive Inspector.
Footplate crew must by friendly and enjoy talking to members of the public.
The Engineering Staff at Aviemore maintain the engines and undertake a large variety of engineering tasks. Jobs are available for those possessing engineering skills. However, previous knowledge is not essential, as work will be found to suit each volunteer.
The Permanent Way squad maintains the track bridge and fences along the Railway. The work can be strenuous, undertaken in all weather the Highlands can offer! Work is often concentrated around the "P Way" Weekend each month, though frequent outings are made independently during the month.
A Work Week is also organised, during July or August, which usually tackles bigger projects. You are welcome to volunteer for the Squad at any time.
Signal & Telegraph
This is another area you would be welcome to work in. You would be under the supervision of professional Signal & Telegraph Engineers helping to maintain the signals, signalling equipment and points on the Railway.
Everyone on the Strathspey took the plunge and volunteered for the first time.
You will be among people who have a great enthusiasm and passion for the Railway.
We need YOUR help and enthusiasm. Help will be given with planning your visit , what to wear whilst on duty and where to report to on your first day.
Information can also be given on accommodation (we have a Volunteer Hostel at Aviemore) and public transport to Aviemore.