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If you want to meet new people and learn new skills, why not become a volunteer at Festiniog Railway?

by Webmaster, 3rd June 2021

If you want to meet new people and learn new skills, why not become a volunteer on the world's oldest narrow-guage railway?

If you’re drawn to the magic of a steam train cutting through the countryside and have spare time on your hands, volunteering with the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway could be just what you’re looking for.

As well as getting up close and personal with iconic steam locomotives, volunteering is a great way to make new friends. Many of the staff you meet on the trains and see working on the line are volunteers and there’s a wide social mix from all walks of life. 

People volunteer for all sorts of reasons; they may be enjoying a holiday in Wales, simply having a day off from their ‘normal jobs’ or using their retirement to come and help the railway. Many volunteers are also members of the Ffestiniog Railway Society or the Welsh Highland Railway Society.

In addition to the usual range of activities, volunteers are closely involved in helping with the organising and running of the annual beer festival, shows, events and the famous Santa Trains. And after a hard day's work, there’s often get-togethers at which to relax and share a meal or a drink in one of the local pubs.

So whether you’re retired or simply want a new hobby on your days off, there are lots of opportunities to help out at the historic north Wales line. All are welcome.

To apply to be a volunteer on the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway, visit

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