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Non-Executive (Volunteer unpaid)

Are you looking for something different, something challenging, something personally rewarding?
If so read on, it may change your life!

Why is Transport Heritage Important?

  • Heritage Transport offers a glimpse to a bygone age.
  • Preserves as a ‘living history’ of transport.
  • Offers future generations opportunity to see and experience vintage transport.
  • Supports local and sub-regional economies.
  • Provides meaningful volunteering opportunities.

The East Lancashire Railway

In 2017, the East Lancashire Railway (ELR) celebrated its 30th Anniversary since the line was reopened by volunteers, with a short journey from Bury to Ramsbottom. The railway now operates across seven stations over 12 miles of track.

The ELR is registered charity No. 1186648, not for profit organisation. In 2019, the ELR’s turnover was over £4m with around 200,000 visitors annually. As a premier leisure destination, the award winning ELR is the third highest paid attraction in Greater Manchester and is regularly No1 on Trip Adviser for its Dining with Distinction services.

The ELR enjoys the support of 800 working volunteers and some 90 permanent and temporary employees (mainly in the ELR’s two pubs).


The ongoing development of the railway and rebuilding its finances following the impact of corona virus is a top priority for the ELR Board.
Whilst Non-Executive Directors have no specific departmental responsibilities the post holder may be tasked with other railway related activities as agreed by the Board.

Board Meetings

These are held monthly (last Friday of the month), commencing at 6pm. Periodic reports may be required on any tasks as directed by the Board or to an agreed reporting schedule.

Time Commitments

Initially there will be a commitment to get up to speed with the portfolio thereafter it would be the Director’s ability to manage their responsibilities both to the Board and sphere of operations.


This post as a volunteer is unpaid.

A Board Director receives free travel on the ELR plus partner.

Any expenses incurred on authorised ELR business will be reimbursed.

Can you successfully represent and champion the ELR at Board level and elsewhere?

Have you the skill, experience, time and desire to be part of an awarding not for profit heritage railway. If you have and would like to know more, and receive a copy of the job description please contact Nicola Rooney, Business Support Manager

E mail application/CV to

Deadline for receipt of applications is Noon 4th February 2021

Person in Charge (Volunteer)

ELRs P-Way Supervisor is looking for a PERSON IN CHARGE to support the team. Support will involve planning, scheduling, rostering and supervising. The role is specifically required on Saturday’s but mid-week support would also be helpful.

Person Specification

Ideally, the Person In Charge will have proven organisational and interpersonal skills with experience of working with volunteers and managing relationships. An Engineering/Mechanical background is advantageous but not essential as the main requirement for this role is project management. Safety critical information regarding projects will be provided to the Person In Charge by the P-Way Supervisor.

The post holder is required to have a valid UK driving license, a trailer license is preferable but training will be provided if necessary.


  • Working with the P-Way Supervisor to plan and schedule work for the coming Saturday
  • Rostering Saturday volunteers
  • Being present on Saturdays to:
    • Assign tasks/morning team briefing
    • Ensure equipment available
    • Ensure clear written instruction available
    • Follow up with team on progress throughout the day
    • Monitor team and ensure tasks are undertaken safely at all times
    • Respond to team requests/requirements as necessary
    • Ensure equipment is locked away at the end of the day
    • Prepare written updates for handover to the P-Way Supervisor on Monday

These responsibilities may evolve if the successful candidate wishes to grow the role. The post holder can take on some tasks themselves should they wish to do so. ELR will fully support any training that the post holder and ELR may identify as necessary.

How to apply:

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to

Buffet Department (Volunteer)

The East Lancashire Railway is looking for friendly, outgoing volunteers to assist in staffing our Buffets, both on the Platform and on the trains themselves. Duties will include serving the public in the buffets alone or as part of a team, keeping the buffets well stocked and tidy and generally assisting the buffet manager in the completion of their duties.

This position is voluntary and the railway is grateful for any time you can dedicate to the role. Training can be provided and no experience is necessary.

If you are interested in becoming part of the buffet team please contact us on for more information.

This position is ongoing.

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