Railway Volunteer

The Brickworks Museum, Bursledon, is a volunteer run museum located by the river Hamble between Southampton and Portsmouth. The site is owned by the Hampshire Buildings Preservation Trust and governed by Bursledon Brickworks Trust. We are a unique site and the only remaining steam driven brickworks in the country.  The museum is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to volunteers and for a big Event one Sunday a month April to October.

Join our group of railway volunteers in maintaining and developing the railway infrastructure, engines and carriages on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays (hours to suit volunteers), and assist with running trains on our Event Days, which are usually one Sunday a month 10-4 (April to October).


Typical tasks and duties involved in the role:

• Assisting with maintenance work on the track, sheds, trains and carriages.

• Clearing vegetation for new track layout.

• Helping to build and install the track and points for the new project.

• Checking track, trains and carriages prior to events.

• Selling tickets to visitors.

• Managing the station and helping to maintain a safe environment.

• Acting as guard on trains (training provided).

• Acting as driver on trains (training provided).

The 7¼ miniature railway runs on Event Days and, with sufficient volunteers, we would like to also offer a service for the group and education visits. The present railway is some 20 years old, so there are plans to develop a whole new miniature railway to replace the current line, providing a longer run and an improved visitor experience. This new project will be challenging but also a great opportunity to learn new skills and practice old ones.


  • Accessibility
  • Age restrictions
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 08/06/2021

End Date: 08/06/2022

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning No No No No No No No
Afternoon No No No No No No No
Evening No No No No No No No


Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum
Coal Park Lane
SO31 7GW

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