Volunteer Recruitment Days

We are always on the lookout for people who would like to become part of our Volunteer Group. If you possess any of the required skills, or you would like to learn new skills then come and talk to us. We hold regular recruitment days watch this page for details of our next recruitment day.

  • Non Operating positions: Builders, Carpenters, Civil Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Electricians, Fencers, Plumbers, Painters, Gardeners
  • Operating positions: Passenger Train Drivers, Passenger Train Secondmen, Passenger Guards, Shunters, Secondmen and Goods Guards
  • Other positions: Booking Clerks, Catering Staff, Countryside Rangers, Town Guides and Information Assistants

What Our Volunteers Do

The Railway is staffed entirely by volunteers working on a whole variety of tasks, indoors, outdoors, with the public and behind the scenes. For some it’s a chance to get their hands dirty, for others it’s a chance to meet people, and for many it’s the chance get stuck in helping to run a real railway! Throughout the year a vast programme of work is undertaken by our volunteers, ranging from working on the track, running the trains, staffing our stations and buffet, to rolling stock maintenance, building maintenance… and the list goes on. In fact, many of our volunteers try their hand at most of these various jobs as and when required – and a significant number started volunteering without having specialist skills in these areas in the first place.

How About You?

If you fancy trying your hand at a new skill (or even rekindling an old one), or would like a new interest and increase your circle of friends, why not become a volunteer yourself? The list below gives an idea of the sort of jobs that you could be involved with on the Railway. If you think you might be interested, come along and meet us on any operating day – or why not put your name down for one of our Volunteer Days when we will give you a tour of the Railway to let you see for yourself what we’re up to. If you like what you see and want to get involved, you’ll be welcome to come along for a ‘hands on’ day, working alongside our experienced volunteers. We will provide you with essential Safety Awareness training before you begin (a ninety-minute course on site at the Railway), and any further training you might require as time goes on.

Examples Of Jobs At The Railway

This list aims to give an idea of the sort of work you could be involved with – you can do all of them if you like! (although that might take some time…)

  • Rolling Stock and Vehicle Maintenance and Restoration
    • Workshop Maintenance
    • Locomotive Maintenance
    • Bodywork Restoration (filling, sanding, welding, etc.)
    • Painting
    • Woodworking
    • Passenger Carriage Renovation
  • Permanent Way, Civil Engineering and Signals
    • Tracklaying
    • Track and Lineside Maintenance
    • Bridge Maintenance
    • Embankment, Cutting and Crossing Maintenance
    • Lineside Clearance
    • Signalling Construction and Maintenance
  • Stations and Buildings
    • Building Maintenance and Restoration
    • Woodwork, brickwork, plumbing, electrical, glazing, etc.
    • Gardens and Grounds maintenance
    • Painting
    • Three stations – Dufftown, Drummuir and Keith Town
  • Station, Train and Catering Staff
    • Booking Clerks
    • Travelling Ticket Inspectors
    • Station Foremen
    • Railway Shop Attendants
    • Catering and Refreshment Staff
  • Operational Staff
    • Train Crew
    • Signalmen (and women!)

Note: Certain duties require special training, the passing of examinations and/or passing of a medical before they can be undertaken, others can involve heavy lifting and so on, or may have age restrictions. That said, we can find jobs for almost everyone!

Find Out More!

For details of how to join the association, click on the Join Us link at the head of the page. If you would like to find out more about volunteering on the Railway, and our Volunteer Days, please write, stating any particular skills or interest you have, to:
Mr Alistair Coull, Volunteer Co-ordinator, Keith & Dufftown Railway Association, Dufftown Station, Dufftown, Banffshire, AB55 4BA, or via our contact form.