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Did you ever dream of becoming a railroad engineer?   Most of us did but never attained our childhood dream.  Our certified engineer training program allows the volunteer to progress through brakeman and engineer positions.  If you still have any fascination with the railroad there is a place for you.  

Have you ever enjoyed acting?  Do you enjoy working with children?  Do you enjoy history?  Do you have a sense of pride in our area and wish to make a meaningful contribution?  For those who don't want to go through the training program for brakeman and engineer there are many volunteer opportunities to work as a conductor.  Work with children and enjoy their fun as they participate in the school charter programs.  These opportunities are available to those with the desire to participate.

Other opportunities abound in fun and rewarding projects.  Volunteers are involved in daily operations of the  museum as well as specific projects which need to be accomplished.  

 

Current needs include:

  • Museum docents:  The museum is kept open with volunteers.  Anyone with an interest in history is encouraged to help welcome the tourists who frequent our museum.  
  • Engine 1364: Volunteers are needed to complete the restoration of a 1902 steam engine.
  • Car restoration: Use your carpentry, electrical, welding, mechanical, and handyman skills to restore various coaches, cabooses, and freight cars.  Many exciting projects are underway or soon to begin.  New helpers are welcome.
  • Passenger operations and school charters: Persons who have experienced the trains are particularly encouraged to join our school charters. 
  • Track Maintenance:  We are laying track for additional displays and help is always needed.

 

If you are interested send an email stating your interests or contact the appropriate person on the contact list and we will see that you are given the opportunity to become involved.

Training sessions for operation of the locomotive will be held the first Saturdays of June, July, August, and September.  This is the time to get involved for those that want to learn railroading operations.