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Deputy Operations Manager
Swanage Railway is an award winning railway carrying some 200,000 passengers a year on its heritage services, making it one of the leading tourist attractions in Dorset. Working as part of a team, you’ll join people who are passionate about delivering safe, reliable and punctual train services using our steam and diesel locomotives.

Adams T3 No. 563

Deputy Operations Manager
The Role

We’re now looking for someone to assist the Operations Manager as we look forward to our main running season and take the next steps towards our vision of being the UK’s leading Heritage Railway.

The successful applicant will always seek to achieve the highest standards in everything that they do by inspiring our team of c 200 employees and volunteers in the delivery of one of the most extensive heritage railway services in the UK.

They’ll have a thorough knowledge of Railway Operations, an understanding of main line operations, rail legislation and how to get the very best from their staff.

The role requires a great ‘people person’ with a passion for railways, who is prepared to work flexibly and is just as comfortable in the office as they are ‘getting their hands dirty’.

The Person

  • Demonstrable experience of successful railway operation at supervisory level or above.
  • An understanding of mainline rail operations.
  • Self-reliant as well as a team player
  • Able to manage, motivate and develop multi-disciplinary teams of volunteers and employees.
  • A ‘can-do’ attitude along with an honest and pragmatic approach to work
  • Educated to GCSE level or equivalent with a minimum of 3 subjects, including Maths and English

Information / Application form

Applications should be submitted in the form of a completed application form and CV to:
    Swanage Railway Company
    Station House
    Dorset BH19 1HB

Email to recruitment@swanagerailway.co.uk

Closing date for receipt of applications: Monday 20th May 2024

Interview date: 24th May 2024

Volunteer Document Controller
The Swanage Railway is looking for someone experience with ISO Document Control procedures to help with the control of documents across the railway and, in particular, to support work towards updating the Safety Management System and documents associated with the non-mainline safety certification.

The successful applicant will need to (amongst other works):

  • Maintain records of incoming legislation, documents & standards that are “controlled” i.e. cannot be changed and have a specific designated reference number.
  • Understand the logical sequence assigning and logging reference numbers to in house documents, procedures, work instructions, forms etc. and assigning such when a departmental manager wishes to prepare a new document. Any documents requested by staff for viewing must be in secure PDF format.
  • Preparing briefings to all managers, ensuring that they are signed for and cascaded to staff and actions followed up.

Please click the link to download a volunteer role profile:

Volunteer Document Controller
Interested persons are invited to contact: mark.woolley@swanagerailway.co.uk for a discussion about the role.

Volunteer Fundraiser
The Swanage Railway is looking for highly effective fundraiser to raise capital funds, in line with its strategy, to ensure funding for major projects in order to sustain its future.

The successful applicant will need to have experience of major fundraising or marketing in a similar or larger organisation and ideally, be a member of the Institute of Fundraising.

Please click the links below to download the advertisement and volunteer role profile:

Applications should be submitted in the form of a comprehensive CV and supporting letter (no more than 2 sides of A4) telling us why you are the right person for this role and how you meet the criteria set out in the volunteer role profile:

    Swanage Railway Trust
    Station House
    Dorset BH19 1HB

Email to recruitment@swanagerailway.co.uk

Interviews are planned for w/c Monday 19th February

Volunteer Recruitment Officer


Mick Stone fronts a professional group of volunteers including Civil Engineers, Environmentalist and Town Planner who try to assist the Railway with "Professional Services" type Projects.

The group would now value any help with draughting to a professional standard the plans etc which they have to manage. These can be anything from simple sketch plans to professional quality drafted plans for Planning Applications to the relevant external Authorities.

Anyone who is able to offer help is asked to contact Peter Milford Company Secretary, cosec@srstaff.co.uk in the first instance. Peter will forward details to Mick Stone.

There are a number of schemes for the Swanage site (and other zones along our leased Trackbed) where we wish to make improvements but desperately need to have basic plans to demonstrate to Management, Neighbours, Landlords and others the alternatives being considered.

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