Train Driver and Engineer

Train Driver and Engineer


The miniature railway has operated successfully at Newby Hall and Gardens for around 50 years.  The 10 ¼” gauge railway operates on a “2 loop” layout with a station at the centre.  Around 50,000 passengers travel on the railway each 6 month season.  The engines consist of a scale steam locomotive (normally operates on Sundays and Bank Holidays) supported by a battery operated locomotive and a gas powered locomotive.  The railway operates when Newby is open to the public serving its 140,000 annual visitors and generates an important part of the sites income stream.  Significant capital development has been undertaken over the last few years with the track upgraded to steel and composite sleepers and the installation of rechargeable electric power on one of the locomotives


The train driver and engineer will have responsibility for the development and safe operation of the railway and the dancing water jets known as “Tarantella”.  The railway operation involves coordinating support from a small team of volunteers who assist with maintenance and train driving on busy day.  The basic seasonal cycle is operating a profitable and efficient railway during the open season (usually April to end of September) with maintenance work to the track and Tarantella carried out over Winter. This is a critical role with the postholder contributing to the Newby Hall income stream


The role involves a 6-day working week (including weekends) from April to the end of September with a four day week (no weekends) during the Winter months.  This is a salaried position with the salary commensurate to the seniority and importance of the position. If the postholder will be relocating, there is the potential for renting an estate property.

Job description

  • Ensure effective overall management and operation of the Railway and Tarantella water feature
  • Maintain trackway and station area
  • Maintain locomotives and rolling stock
  • Maintain Tarantella pumps, pipework, chlorine dosing and control system
  • Ensuring profitable operation, running two trains when warranted
  • Maintain and develop an existing team of volunteers to ensure safe and profitable railway operation
  • Maintain a good relationship with our professional railway suppliers and contractors
  • Ensure all identified records are kept up to date carrying out annual risk assessments, reviewing periodically
  • To provide the highest level of customer care possible whilst operating the railway and to assist the Newby Hall team in providing a first-class visitor experience
  • As resident engineer the postholder is expected to assist in other areas of the estate and visitor operation from time to time

Person Spec


  • Experience of operating a miniature railway
  • Mechanical knowledge and experience
  • Experience of a customer facing environment
  • Steam power experience
  • Prepared to work weekends April – September


  • Experience of working with volunteers
  • Experience of drafting working practises/Risk Assessments
  • Experience of automotive electrical work
  • Experience of water treatment systems
  • Understanding of income generation and budgets

To apply please send CV and covering letter to:

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