Railtown 1897 State Historic Park
Railtown 1897 is looking for volunteers who enjoy working with the public and love to share their enthusiasm for history and railroading with our visitors. Community members are encouraged to join this worthwhile program that offers an opportunity to support the local state historic park while learning more about California’s rich history, meeting new people and developing friendships with those who share similar interests. Prior experience with trains or public service is not required.
Benefits to volunteering at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park include: membership to the park including free entrance and train rides at Railtown 1897 and the California State Railroad Museum, a variety of social activities, interesting training opportunities and guest speakers, discounts at the Depot Store, and an invitation annual volunteer recognition dinner. We ask all of our volunteers for a minimum commitment of 50 hours per year. Volunteers are asked to provide and wear a uniform, specific to the position being filled. More information will be available at your intake meeting.
Volunteers may serve, upon qualification, in a wide variety of roles at Railtown including:
- train operations (Engineer, Fireman, Conductor, Brakeman, Fire Patrol), maintenance & restoration
- concessions, and interpretive roles (Tour guide, Car host, Roundhouse host, Station master, Greeter)
- Unique volunteer opportunities are also available during the numerous special events performed throughout the year, including a top rated Polar Express train ride.
High school students volunteering with a parent or guardian will be considered on a case by case basis.