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Become a Volunteer

Volunteer for a wide range of activities

The Midland Railway Trust carries out a great deal of work at the Midland Railway – Butterley, with volunteers taking part in a wide range of differing activities. Whatever your interest there will always be an opportunity for you to volunteer to help with the hundreds of tasks that help run the railway and Museum Complex.

All skill levels are welcome and we are continually looking for versatile people of all ages and skills. Most of our volunteers fulfil a variety of roles and welcome the opportunity to learn new things. Full training is provided, followed by an assessment programme.

To become a volunteer or for more information on any of the positions shown further down this page, please email

Maintenance & Restoration

We are looking for help with engineering maintenance for track, carriage and locomotives, restoration skills for railway vehicles, building maintenance, and gardening and landscaping .


We need operational volunteers to drive and fire our locomotives, to act as guards, ticket inspectors, signalmen, platform staff, ticket office staff and administration services.

Visitor Services

We also need volunteers to work in our shops, buffets and bars, to organise and assist with the running of events, to staff the museum and to welcome our visitors and assist them when required.