Permanent Way Gang volunteers

West Somerset Railway

Name: Permanent Way Gang volunteers
Organisation: West Somerset Railway


Permanent Way is defined as all of the engineering structures (the track, rail sleepers, and ballast), embankments, culverts and bridges within the boundary fence, that forms the structure of the railway. Our aim is to support and assist the Railway company's gang in maintaining the structure of railway to a standard that ensures that the company's trains can run in a safe and timely manner and that passengers and rolling stock can enjoy a smooth and comfortable ride. We normally do this on a Saturday or Sunday, although during January to March we also work during the week. Tasks include: Spot re-sleepering, replacing rotten wooden sleepers with new ones, Fish plate oiling, greasing the fish plates at every other rail joint to ease expansion in hot weather. Clearing bridges and culverts of any overgrowth, clearing ditches and drains, cutting back any railway overgrowth, assisting the Company's gang with major track re-laying projects, emergency fencing.

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Organisation Description

The longest heritage railway in England - 20 miles of heritage railway through stunning Somerset countryside and coast.

Our Railway, a true country branch line of the old Great Western Railway is full of fascination whether you are looking for a nostalgic ride back in time through lovely countryside or to study the railway and industrial heritage which our line preserves..

The historic steam locomotives, coaches and wagons, and the buildings of our ten unique stations linked by a twenty mile scenic journey will repay hours of exploration. The surrounding countryside is as varied as it is beautiful.

The gently rolling Quantock hills and distant Exmoor, unspoilt villages and farms nestling in leafy lanes, the cliffs and coast of the Bristol Channel with views of distant South-Wales, confident Church Towers, Dunster's imposing Castle and Minehead's seaside charm are all waiting to be discovered.


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Cause / Interests

  • Heritage

Types of Activity

  • DIY / Odd Jobs

Skills and Qualifications


You need to be reasonably fit, happy to be part of a team and don't mind working outdoors in most conditions.

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: NA
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: No
Wheelchair Access: No
Expenses: NA
Restrictions: NA
Induction: NA
Insurance Cover: NA
Special Needs: NA
Offer: NA
Training: NA
Other: NA

Recruitment Method