An expanding tourist railway is looking to add to its workforce – by recruiting a Jack, or Jill, of all trades who will help mend the trains as well as ride on them.

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The Bure Valley Railway’s narrow gauge line, which runs between Aylsham and Wroxham, is a popular attraction for passengers ranging from train enthusiasts to families.

With more than 100,000 passenger journeys a year, and growing, the venture is seeking to boost its 10-strong paid staff, who are bolstered by a platoon of volunteers.

The job, which could be a dream one for a railway fan, will involve a range of tasks, from being a guard to helping prepare the engines and get dirty in the workshop and by the trackside.

General manager Andrew Tunwell said: “We are looking for someone who can multi-task – who can be a guard, with training and deal with customers, but someone who can also help turn and coal the locos, paint, and re-lay track and ballast sleepers.

“So, as well as being good with the public, they must be capable of doing some heavy work,” said Mr Tunwell.

It was a job that had “steam, engineering and a friendly setting,” he added.

Marketing manager Susan Munday said the railway wanted to boost its staff because it had a good season last year. “It was slightly down on the previous year, but numbers have been increasing over the past few years. Four years ago we had 100,000 passenger journeys, last year it was 109,000.”

The railway had extended its running season and had been marketing itself – attracting a mixture of “some train enthusiasts but mostly families looking for a day out”.

It was also carrying out improvements to the Wroxham station, which was getting busier as a start destination, by providing a new tea room with a wider range of refreshments, she added.

The “rare opportunity” to join the railway had already attracted a lot of interest, and is being flagged as “an opportunity to turn a hobby into a career.”

Mr Tunwell said he joined the railway as a volunteer 15 years ago having visited there on a one-off driver experience day, then went on to join the staff 10 years ago.

Applications with a CV and covering letter, should be sent to Andrew Tunwell, general manager, Bure Valley Railway, Aylsham Station, Norwich Road, Aylsham, Norfolk NR11 6NW or emailed to andrew.neal@bvrw.co.uk.

More information about the railway is at www.bvrw.co.uk.

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