Footplate Department - Fireman - Stephenson Steam Railway

Firemen are responsible for keeping a good head of steam, keeping an eye on the state of the fire and the water level in the boiler at all times.

Other duties include helping the driver with general preparation of the locomotive, coupling and uncoupling the locomotive to/from the coaching stock and teaching engine cleaners how to fire.

Sunday - plus school and bank holidays


It normally takes several turns to master the art of firing; however, this differs depending on levels of experience and how quickly an individual can learn.

The minimum age for a fireman is 16.

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


  • Age restrictions
    Over 16's
  • 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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