Train Driver Job Description

Newby Hall Train Driver


Job Purpose

To take full responsibility for the safe operation of the miniature railway at Newby Hall and Gardens.  The railway operates during the open season April – September carrying around 50000 passengers per annum.  The railway is a commercial operation within the Opening Department at Newby Hall and currently operates a refurbished steam locomotive the “Royal Scot” and 2 LPG powered engines.  On busy days the railway operates 2 trains continuously.  In addition, the Tarantella water fountains are maintained by the train driver.

The role is one that is integral to the success of Newby Hall as a visitor attraction.  You will be working as part of the Opening Department for the family owners Mr and Mrs Richard Compton.


The working hours are 6 days/week during the 6 month open season, including weekends. 4 days/week during the closed season.  Salary is dependent on experience, accommodation may be available.

An engineering background, coupled with a passion for customer service is essential.

To Apply

Please forward your CV with a covering letter to

Job Description

  • To maintain the track and engines providing a safe environment for visitors and staff
  • To manage the existing team of volunteers ensuring staffing levels are sufficient for anticipated visitors numbers
  • To operate the railway in a profitable manner, taking responsibility for the ticket office (railway shop)
  • To provide the highest possible level of customer care assisting the whole visitor management team in maintaining a first class visitor experience
  • To maintain the track and its immediate surrounds providing a tidy and safe service
  • To carry out annual risk assessments and adjust working practises to suit demands and conditions
  • To maintain all records and paperwork associated with the railway and the dancing water jets the “Tarantella”
  • Regular maintenance of the Tarantella pumps, filtration and chlorine dosing system and associated areas, working within existing, bespoke guidelines
  • As the resident engineer the train driver is called upon to undertake other engineering duties around the estate from time to time.
  • As a member of the visitor management team the train driver is expected to assist in other areas of the visitor operation from time to time
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