Railway Guards

West Somerset Railway

Name: Railway Guards
Organisation: West Somerset Railway


The job of the guard is vital of the safe operation of each train and to share the task of maximising and protecting fare revenue. We are involved in promoting and enhancing the image of the line. There is a guard on every train. The guard is in charge of the train and has the overriding responsibility of safety. Trainee guards are recruited from experienced Travelling Ticket Inspectors (TTIs) who have completed at least 12 months or 20 turns and who are considered to have the necessary attributes. You will undergo training with experienced guards and in classroom/practical sessions guided by a team of guard trainers. Regular assessments determine their ability to shunt a train, split and join carriages, their understanding of the Rules and their confidence to manage a train in normal service during the day and at night. We want all passengers to enjoy a fun day on the WSR in a safe environment. Guards need to be able to answer the same questions over and over again and talk tactfully to folks who may ignore safety signs. A guard is responsible for preparing a train and disposing of the stock at the end of the day, so duty is normally one hour before train departure until approximately 30 minutes after arrival. Guards are responsible for the safety and security of the WSR carriages and equipment and therefore, need to be very aware of security. You will be rostered for duty up to six weeks in advance.

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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
  • Providing advice

Skills and Qualifications


Reliability, pleasant manner
Guards should be clean, tidy and look the part. Volunteers provide their own uniform and visibility vest.

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