The California State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento and its sister facility Railtown1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown have put out a call for new volunteers to help with their educational activities.
The Railroad Museum seeks adults over 18 who can serve as docents, help with steam train operations, track restoration, clerical work and other types of essential jobs. Volunteers commit to 84 hours of work annually, but hours are flexible. You don't have to be an expert in rail history. Most folks learn by doing.
The Museum's volunteer orientation will be held on Feb. 25, but you must fill out an application and be interviewed prior to the meeting. Applications are being accepted through Feb. 6. Call Volunteer Training Coordinator Theresa Gonsolis at (916) 324-7593 or see the CSRM website for more information.
Railtown, home of the "movie star" locomotive, is currently recruiting Car Hosts, Ticket Agents, Tour Guides, Public Greeters, and Fire Patrol Operators (entry level engine crew). Interested people should attend the Volunteer Open House on Feb. 4 and submit an application by Feb. 6. For more information call 209-984-4408 or visit the web site.
PHOTO CREDIT: California State Railroad Museum docent Jack Seigal talks about the completion of the transcontinental railroad during a tour. 2001 Sacramento Bee photograph by Randy Pench