Railtown Seeking Volunteers

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park Seeking Volunteers

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park has many events and activities planned for 2010, and is now recruiting volunteers to keep the trains rolling.  Railtown is looking for volunteers who love history, trains, and talking with the public. Prior experience with trains or public service is not required. Fall is the perfect time to “come aboard” for some hands-on training prior to formal volunteer training in March.

In addition to the weekend excursion steam trains, Railtown is looking forward to many special events in 2010, including the return of the Sierra No. 3, the most filmed steam engine of all time, which has been undergoing restoration and is expected to return by opening day.

Volunteers are being recruited for the positions of Car Hosts, Ticket Agents, Tour Guides, Public Greeters, and Fire Chase Operators. Volunteers are asked for a minimum commitment of 8 hours per month.

Many of the park’s volunteers began with little knowledge of railroads or history.  A thorough volunteer training program is presented over several weekends in March to provide a solid base of knowledge for new volunteers.   Benefits to volunteering at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park include; membership in the California State Railroad Museum Foundation, free entrance and train rides at Railtown and the California State Railroad Museum, a variety of social activities, interesting training opportunities and guest speakers, discounts at the Depot Store, and an annual volunteer recognition dinner.

Volunteer Applications are available online at www.railtown1897.org For other ways to get involved, email park staff at railtownnews@parks.ca.gov, or call Dave Rainwater at 209-984-4622.