Footplate Department - Diesel Driver & Diesel Second Man - Stephenson Steam Railway

Similar to the role of cleaner, a diesel trainee learns the route, rules, shunting and operation of diesel locomotives and will progress onto a diesel second man. The second man is not only the drivers second set of eyes, but they also carry out any shunting duties required and (similarly to a fireman) coupling and uncoupling duties.

The diesel driver's responsibility is similar to that of a steam driver, their day also starts with a thorough FTR exam, oiling up etc before driving the railway's passenger trains / shunts.


Volunteers are required to sit a theoretical exam paper and practical assessment from the railway's inspectorate before becoming qualified.


  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 24/04/2023

End Date: 01/04/2025

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Stephenson Steam Railway,
Middle Engine Lane
North Shields
Tyne & Wear
NE29 8DX

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