Volunteer with
the ELR

The East Lancashire Railway relies on volunteers all day, every day. Without people like you, we wouldn’t be able to maintain and run our heritage trains, open our stations or host the events and experiences that our guests love.

We currently have over 800 volunteers who donate their free time – mid-week or at weekends – to work in a huge variety of roles on the ELR. But we need your help.

The East Lancashire Railway Preservation Society (ELRPS) needs your help to secure the future of our heritage line and all the locomotives on it. We need volunteers of all ages, all backgrounds and with all levels of experience to help us keep our Lancashire heritage – our magnificent British history – safe for all to enjoy.

From staffing the ticket office to restoring classic carriages, greeting guests or even driving a train, if you’re looking for a wide range of volunteering opportunities in Manchester and Lancashire, we’d love to hear from you.

What experience do I need to have to volunteer?

You don’t need to have any experience to volunteer with the East Lancashire Railway. All we ask is that you’re positive and enthusiastic about the ELR, you take pride in your work and you love being part of a team.

Whatever your skills or interests, whatever jobs you’ve done previously or qualifications you hold, we’ll find you a brilliant role that you’ll absolutely love.

We’ve got lots of volunteering opportunities for young people, those who’ve retired and even lots of part time options for those who can only spare a few hours each week. You just need to be over 18.

The benefits of volunteering with the ELR

Free trips

Enjoy limited free trips on the line, each and every year.

Family visits

Bring the whole family for one free trip a year and get discounted rates for all other journeys.

Regular updates

Get a free subscription to ELR News, with articles and stories every quarter.

Most importantly, you’ll get to go behind the scenes to see how
your help and support keeps our incredible heritage railway open!

Get Involved

If you’d like to volunteer with the East Lancashire Railway, the first step is to join our East Lancashire Railway Preservation Society.

We’ll then share more details about the departments you’re interested in, to help you understand the duties and responsibilities.

We also host regular site tours where you’ll see volunteers in action, learn more about their activities, and ask any questions you might have.

And remember, you donate as much or a little time as you want.

Find Out More

To find out what we do and how you can get involved please contact our Volunteer Liaison Officer who will be more than happy to tell you more:

Margaret Wilson


07585 198455