Footplate Department - Driver - Stephenson Steam Railway

The driver is responsible for the safe operation of the locomotive, its crew and working with the guard to ensure the safe working of the entire train. The driver's day begins with a thorough examination of the locomotive (called a Fitness to run exam) and oiling up where necessary, before heading out to drive the railway's passenger trains.

Sunday and school / bank holidays 


Drivers must know their locomotives inside out in order to investigate when something goes wrong. As a result, it takes time to achieve the knowledge and understanding required. The best way to learn the mechanical side of steam locomotives is to get involved with the workshop part of volunteering.

The minimum age for a driver is 20.

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


  • Age restrictions
    20 +
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 24/04/2023

End Date: 01/04/2025

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


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

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