Volunteering at Kirklees Light Railway

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The Friends of the Kirklees Light Railway are the group of dedicated volunteers who support the small team of full time staff to maintain and operate the railway. This involves an imense amount of work undertaking a multitude of activities.

Our volunteers assist in some of the following areas: 

  • Track Maintenance 
  • Engineering Works
  • Overgrowth Clearance
  • Steam Driving
  • Diesel Driving
  • Guard Duties
  • Building Works
  • Grounds Maintainance

We are always on the look out for new volunteers to assist with the operation of the railway. If you are interested in helping, you can contact a member of staff whilst visiting the railway or alternatively send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

At the time of enquiry, an application form and medical form will need to be filled in and sent back to the office. 

Here are a few FAQs we get asked regarding becoming a volunteer:

Q: How much time do I have to give?

A: There is no minimum number of hours you have to give to become a volunteer. We have volunteers that come in 2-3 times a week, once a week, a couple of times a month or once every couple of months. We send out an availability sheet monthly, which we ask you to return with the dates you will be coming in to volunteer. This is to allow us to roster you.

Q: Are there any age limits to become a volunteer?

A: We regret that at present, we are unable to accept volunteers under the age of 16. There is no upper age limit.

Q: Can I choose which area I want to specialise in? 

A: Yes, however on occasions we may need you to help in other areas to assist with the operating of the railway e.g. on special event days. 

Q: Can I become a steam driver straight away?

A: Unfortuately not. All volunteers interested in becoming a steam driver are expected to complete their guard and diesel training prior to becoming a steam driver and be a volunteer at the Kirklees Light Railway for at least a year before steam driver training commences.

Q: Do I need previous experience working at a heritage railway to volunteer?

A: No experience is required to become a volunteer. We will ensure that training is given where required to help you complete tasks. 

Q: Do you provide any accommodation for volunteers?

A: Yes, we have an accommodation block named the "Romney Hut" located at Clayton West which volunteers are able to use by arrangement. There is a small charge per night for staying in the hut which helps us to cover the costs of cleaning and maintenance.