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Date(s) - 03/02/2021 - 03/05/2021
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Join us for our Volunteer Open House on Saturday, March 6, 13, and 20th! (via zoom). There will be two 1 hour, 30 min zoom webinars per day. For an invitation and volunteer application, email, or call 209.984.4408. Completion of at least 2 of 3 weekends required to start. A separate safety class(on one day, also presented on Zoom) will also be offered and required. Join us for the online training in March, then meet key staff on site for a one-on-one interview and tour of park facilities. When onsite masks are required at all times while at the Park. Look forward to having you as part of the Railtown Volunteers family.

In preparation to resume operations and in compliance with all state, city, and county guidelines, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown is seeking volunteers to kick off the 2021 season. California State Parks, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) and the California State Railroad Museum Foundation are now accepting applications for anyone interested in volunteering to help communicate the fascinating railroading history of the “Movie Railroad” in the beautiful Sierra foothills. A wonderful opportunity for anyone interested in sharing rail and/or movie history, wanting to become part of an operating train crew and/or connecting with a community of enthusiasts, available volunteer positions include tour guides, train car hosts, greeters, ticket agents, stationmasters, operating train crew, and more.

No previous experience with railroads or public service is required, and recruitment is currently underway. Interested volunteers able to speak multiple languages are also highly encouraged to apply. At the virtual training sessions, prospective volunteers will have the opportunity to talk with Park staff and past volunteers to learn about the various positions that are available.

Railtown 1897 SHP is known for its century-old steam maintenance shops and train rides, including popular rides behind the famous “Movie Star Locomotive” Sierra No. 3®. In addition to weekend excursion steam trains (typically April through October), Railtown 1897 SHP offers daily tours, roving interpreters, and many special events as allowed by city, county, and state guidelines.

Benefits for volunteering at Railtown 1897 SHP include membership in the California State Railroad Museum Foundation, free admission to and train rides at Railtown 1897 SHP and at the California State Railroad Museum located in Old Sacramento State Historic Park, a variety of social activities (as allowed by city, county, and state guidelines), interesting training opportunities and guest speakers, discounts at the Depot Store, and participation in an annual volunteer recognition dinner. Interested volunteers can download a volunteer application at or call 209-984-4408 (ask for Robert Reif, Park Interpreter I, for more detailed information.