Train drivers wanted to help run the iconic Hogwarts Express railway route from Harry Potter

'You're a wizard — at driving trains...'

Danny Jones Danny Jones - 10th November 2023

There is currently a massive recruitment drive taking place across the UK looking to get train drivers operating the iconic railway route seen in the Harry Potter films.

That’s right, for those of you unaware, not only can you ride the ‘Hogwarts Express’ in real life but if you’re already working towards becoming a train driver or have ever been interested in becoming one, you can operate the legendary service as seen in the beloved fantasy series.

As part of ScotRail’s new personnel drive, drivers would be based out of Fort William and would regularly run the West Highland Line — which features the instantly recognisable Glenfinnan Viaduct used in several Harry Potter scenes — as part of their role.

The line itself connects Glasgow with Oban as well as Fort William and Mallaig, taking passengers past some of the UK’s most beloved and scenic landscapes which have featured in various other bits of British films and TV as well, such as Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting.

In case the pure magic and nostalgia of this role didn’t quite enchant you enough already, wait until you hear how much you’ll get for doing it…


To become a trainee driver for ScotRail, you’ll be on a very solid £32,968 per annum, with newly qualified drivers being out on an even more handsome £45,828, with further pay increase after your first six and nine months, before eventually taking home a whopping £58,028 a year.

You’ll also get a whole host of benefits on top of that including a healthy pension contribution scheme, reduced travel rates for your family (free for you, of course), a healthy holiday allowance and more.


That’s it, point us in the direction of Platform Nine and Three-Quarters right now.

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The love of this route goes far beyond fans of Harry Potter as well, it was also voted the top rail journey in the world by travel magazine Wanderlust back in 2009.

You can apply for ScotRail’s trainee drivers scheme HERE and we fully expect you to get the trolley ready for us so we can gorge ourselves on a load of chocolate frogs and Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans.


Us Muggles thank you in advance.

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Featured Image — Dennis Wilkinson (via Flickr)/Wizarding World