Current Vacancies

The East Lancashire Railway is constantly on the lookout for talented people to help keep this vital spark of British Heritage alight.

Do you have what it takes to be a part of our family?

Diesel Traction Fitter

The East Lancashire Railway is looking for a Diesel Traction Fitter to join the Traction and Rolling Stock Department. The job will involve carrying out safety critical examinations, performing routine maintenance and other duties.

Salary per annum: £22,468

Reports to: Primary (Head of Traction & Rolling Stock Engineering) Secondary (T&RS Admin Manager) Tertiary (T&RS Director)

Position Term: Full Time (38 hrs per week) / 6 Month Probationary period

Holiday entitlement: 28 days per annum inclusive of Statutory Bank Holidays

Benefits: ATOC Travel Pass giving reduced fares on National Rail Travel (After 6 months), Company pension scheme.

Candidate Requirements

  • Previous experience of working on diesel traction units and diesel engines, mechanical drive equipment, pneumatic and hydraulic systems.
  • NVQ Level 2 in mechanical engineering or equivalent preferred.
  • Experience of working to timescales and requirements and able to follow written instructions, read and understand basic system schematics.
  • Experience of working on Heritage Rail vehicles would be preferred, but not essential as training can be given.


General Responsibilities and Duties

The diesel fitter is required to undertake safety critical examinations on diesel traction units prior to entry into service, carry out routine maintenance on Company owned diesel traction and plant as per instructions provided.

This may include contract repairs to privately owned vehicles based on site or brought here for work to be undertaken.

Should a suitable candidate demonstrate a good aptitude to this role, and effectively carry out the duties as described below, there is a possibility of advancement to a supervisory role.


Specific Duties

  • To ensure diesel traction units are fit for service and details are recorded on examination forms provided, carry out any repairs required to ensure continued suitability for service. The candidate may require additional training and assessment prior to being given authority to sign off vehicles for service.
  • To log mileages and defects on the Company’s asset management system (HOPS)
  • To prepare air reservoirs for inspection by the Companies external examiner to ensure they are fit for further service under pressure systems regulations.
  • To notify Head of T&RS of any safety of the line concerns or any other issues that may impede the integrity of the traction unit to operate in a safe manner.
  • To check and monitor supplies of lubricants and coolants and to notify T&RS Admin Manager when we need to re-order.
  • Act on own initiative in the absence of Primary Manager and in conjunction and approval of Secondary Manager (and or his/her deputies) in accordance with the laid down requirements and prevailing workload.
  • Will be prepared to work in any other department as instructed to suit the needs of the business by reasonable request of the management. Some weekend working will be required to ensure we have engineering coverage for special events.


Special Duties

  1. Adopt a safe working attitude and acquire a full knowledge of, and compliance with, relevant parts of the Rule Book, Safety Management System, Emergency Procedures and other company and departmental procedures.
  2. Take reasonable care for the Health, Safety and Welfare of yourself and of other persons who may be affected by your acts or omissions.
  3. Do not intentionally or recklessly interfere with or misuse anything provided in the interests of Health, Safety or Welfare.
  4. Ensure compliance with all relevant legislation, including the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, the Railways and Other Guided Transport Systems (Safety) Regulations 2006 and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 so far as they apply to you and/or those you are responsible for.
  5. Occasionally and/or when instructed to attend and take part in departmental meetings at the bequest of a Departmental Manager or Director.

Closing Date for Applications: Friday 7th October 2021 @ 17:00 hrs

Email applications and CV to:, we will send a conformation email to indicate receipt of your interest.

Download the Job Description here.

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.

Find out more about volunteering at the railway.

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

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