Track Maintenance Weardale Railway


The Weardale Railway is an exciting opportunity in bringing back train travel to the dale, a 16-mile-long heritage line which requires regular maintenance and inspection.

This is a physical role which will involve heavy lifting and carrying, working outdoors in all weathers, sometimes four seasons in an hour!


Initial training

Working as part of a team undertaking maintenance of the line including, re-sleepering, ballast tipping, vegetation clearing and fish plate greasing.

Liaising with other members of the Track team

Skills & Qualities

Is over 18

Is a punctual time keeper

Is physically fit

Willing to undertake training and attend briefings

Is able to follow instructions

Is Health & Safety Conscious

Can be good team player

Can be a good communicator

Has the ability to be non-judgemental and acknowledge an individual's right to space

Ideally is First aid trained (but this is desirable not a requirement)

When & Where?

Weardale Railway Wolsingham Depot and then out on the track

Training and Support Offered/Expenses

You will be asked to provide and wear appropriate clothing and footwear, role/activity dependent. We will train you in Personal Track Safety and provide a High Visibility Vest. The Auckland Project is unable to reimburse travel expenses.

Volunteer Benefits

t’s an exciting time! Your volunteering will be directly contributing to the regeneration of Bishop Auckland.

In joining our community of custodians, you should find that every time you volunteer, you will be setting off on an adventure, where you can achieve a sense of wellbeing, which may well include: --feeling good, smiling lots, finding or enhancing skills, meeting new people, achieving a sense of purpose and having fun. It may well be an opportunity to rediscover/discover you

What’s in it for me?

The chance to do something different

Experience, challenge, a development and ‘CV-building’ opportunity – ‘a chance to grow’

Learn new skills which are transferable

Work outdoors and as part of a team


What’s in it for the Auckland Project?

Enthusiastic, informed, kind, responsible people – ‘The Right Stuff’! – representing The Auckland Project

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