The RPSI is a voluntary-run organisation. Our volunteers preserve, conserve and restore railway vehicles from the era when steam trains were common. We operate mainline steam trains throughout Ireland and throughout the year.
Whether you’re travelling on one of our trains, visiting our museum or buying a book from our shop, the people you meet and those working away behind the scenes are nearly all volunteers.
Download a form today to join our teams who are dedicated to keeping Irish railway heritage alive.
You do not need any previous experience of working or volunteering on a railway; all training will be provided. Let us know the area(s) you are particularly interested in, we can then discuss your training requirements and find you a suitable position.
Volunteers must be aged 18 or over. If you are under 18 please contact us to register your interest in a Young Volunteers programme.
As an active volunteer with RPSI you will be invited to become a Member of the Society for insurance purposes. Please be aware some roles require disclosure of certain medical information or a requirement to undertake an Access NI or GAVF.
Volunteering presents you with the opportunity to meet new people, gain skills and contribute to a worthwhile cause.
There are a wide variety of roles available, from customer service based to locomotive operations, and so there is something for everyone.
If you would like to become a RPSI volunteer then you must:
- Be an RPSI Member (required for insurance purposes).
- Print and return a self-certification form (to ensure eligibility for volunteering) - download here.
- Agree to undergo a convictions disclosure check, should the need arise.
- If a vulnerable adult, be accompanied by a guardian or family member to take responsibility at all times.
- Be aged over 18. Exceptions are:14+, accompanied by a parent, guardian or family member to take responsibility at all times (Whitehead).
16+, accompanied by a letter of parental release (Whitehead).
- In the Dublin area, off-train work is done on railway property and under 18s or vulnerable adults are not permitted, even for a visit.
- Be suitably dressed - for physical work at Dublin or Whitehead, old clothes/overalls, steel toe capped boots are essential (you won't be allowed to work without them). Don't wear anything that you want to see clean again!