Make new friends, have fun and learn some fantastic new skills!

Want to help run the highest standard gauge railway in Wales? Become a volunteer with us!

Blaenavon’s Heritage Railway is very proud to be an entirely volunteer-run organisation! Whether it be the engine driver, ticket inspector, catering staff or track worker, everybody that you see during your visit is giving up their free time to keep our railway running for future generations to enjoy. 


We are always looking for new people to volunteer with us! Our railway is home to various departments that all play a key role in supporting our railway. These include:

  • Carriage and Wagon – restore and maintain carriages and wagons dating from the 1890s through to the 1970s!

  • Catering – manage the Fireman’s Shovel tearoom and onboard refreshments

  • Civil Engineering – maintain and develop structures on and around our railway.

  • Diesel Traction – restore, maintain and operate our heritage diesel locomotives

  • Operations – responsible operating services during running days and events.

  • Permanent Way – maintain, relay and expand our track in all weather!

  • Stations: Meet and greet our passengers and help us recreate the golden days of rail travel. 

  • Steam Locomotive – restore, maintain and overhaul our steam locomotives


Although you may join one department, you are by no means limited solely to it! 

Find out some of the activities that our volunteers are doing to reopen our railway after the COVID-19 lockdown below!



There are three key benefits of becoming a volunteer with us.


  1. You will be joining a passionate and friendly bunch who enjoy what they do, and who love to share that enthusiasm with others.

  2. You have the chance to develop new skills. Many of our volunteers have developed and honed abilities that they have then gone on to use professionally. 

  3. You will make new friends! In addition to those from within your own department, the small size of our organisation means you are certain to meet many others from across the entire railway. Many of our volunteers say that the opportunity to make new friends is one of the best things about volunteering with us!


To express your interest in volunteering with us, simply fill out the form below. One of our friendly volunteers will be in touch shortly!

For insurance purposes, you must first become a member of either the Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway Company or its supporting society. New volunteers will go through an approval process, and for certain roles, we may also carry out DBS checks.

Full training will be provided by the department you wish to volunteer with. Due to limited resources, we very kindly ask that prospective volunteers provide to their own personal protective equipment (e.g. overalls, high visibility clothing, steel toe capped boots etc.) for relevant roles.

Register your interest in becoming a volunteer.

© 2020 Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway Company (1983) Ltd 


The Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway Company (1983) Ltd is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run charitable organisation.

Registered in England and Wales. Company number 01766049.

 Registered office: 33 Broad Street, Blaenavon, Torfaen, NP4 9NF

Website created by EDWARDS PRINT on behalf of the Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway Company (1983) Ltd

Designed by Thomas Edwards and edited by Jamie Warner.

Registered charity number: 514809 in England and Wales.


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