Become a volunteer

The Friends of Kirklees Light Railway is the group of dedicated volunteers who support the small team of permanent Whistlestop Valley staff to maintain

and operate the railway.

This involves an immense amount of

work undertaking a multitude of activities.

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Our volunteers assist in the following areas:

  • Track maintenance

  • Engineering works

  • Overgrowth clearance

  • Steam driving

  • Diesel driving

  • Guard duties

  • Building works

  • Grounds maintenance

We are always on the look out for new volunteers to assist with the operation of the railway. If you are interested in helping, please speak to a member of staff whilst you are visiting Whistlestop Valley or send an email to


At the time of enquiry, an application form and medical form will need to be filled in and sent back to the office.

Work with us

If you're interested in becoming a full member of staff at Whistlestop Valley. Check out our current vacancies here.

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