Isle of Wight Steam Railway Locomotive Section. Restoring and maintaining a fleet of historic locomotives requires dedication and a wide range of engineering skills. Cleaning, painting and greasing spare parts is just as vital as machining a complicated component, so all levels of experience and ability are welcome.

Many of the skills we need no longer exist outside the heritage railway world but we can teach them to people with the right aptitude. Whatever your engineering skills - we can use them within the Locomotive Works to keep the steam and diesel engines working and looking great. Even the ones awaiting restoration need regular maintenance to stop them from deteriorating. It doesn't have to be a regular weekly commitment, although that would be fantastic, just a few hours a month can be a real help.


• An interest in preserving an important part of Britain's national heritage

• Engineers & fitters

• Machinists

• General hands

Whether you like the idea of making new friends and just helping out or something more challenging, we can train you and find you something to do! Even helping to keep the facilities tidy would ease the workload! Our enthusiastic team includes people from a wide variety of backgrounds, men and women, young and not-so-young, so whatever your background you can be assured of a warm welcome.


  • Diversity and equal opportunities policy
  • Accessibility
  • Child Protection
  • Complaints Policy
  • Confidentially Policy
  • DBS check required
  • Ex Offenders
  • Expenses reimbursed
    For approved expenditure.
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Suitable for Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Suitable for Supported Volunteering
  • Suitable for Under 16's
  • Suitable for Under 18's
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Vulnerable Adults Policy
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 01/09/2017

End Date: 30/04/2023

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The Railway Station
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Isle of Wight
PO33 4DS

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