In 1974 a small band of enthusiastic volunteers succeeded against the odds in reopening a small section of the K&ESR.
Today the railway has grown beyond the wildest dreams of those pioneers, many of whom are still involved. With 10½ miles of track, five historic stations and visitors of around 90,000 per year the railway is still operated almost entirely by volunteers. There is a small core of paid staff but the railway can only exist and flourish by welcoming new volunteers who bring skills, ability and character to an institution that dates from 1900.
It doesn’t matter if you can help regularly or occasionally, for a few hours or several days. You don’t need previous experience or even to be a railway enthusiast as full training is provided. But you do need to have a commitment to living history and recreating the railway that was once the lifeblood of our rural community. Male or female, young or old – everyone is welcome to share in the fun of working on the railway and giving real pleasure to thousands of visitors each year. It is their appreciation, especially the awestruck happiness of the children, that makes volunteering on the Kent & East Sussex Railway so worthwhile.
To whet your appetite for volunteering, the leaflet describes the main jobs on the railway. Although we’ve stuck to the traditional role descriptions like fireman and signalman all our volunteer posts are open to men and women. If you would like to find out more please complete and return the attached form, call 01580 765155 or email