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Railtown Seeks Volunteers

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown invites all residents in Tuolumne and surrounding counties who have an interest in railroading, the Sierra Railway, Mother Lode history or historical restoration and preservation to become volunteers.

Don Coleman chairman with the Railtown volunteer advisory committee says anyone who would enjoy volunteering at one of California´s premier historical attractions is welcome.

Railtown 1897 has one of only two working shortline steam roundhouses in the U.S. The other is in East Round Top, PA.

The Jamestown facility is also unique in that it´s one of only a few in the State Park System which is almost entirely operated by volunteers. The volunteers at the park do the majority of restoration, maintenance and train operations work, supplemented by paid State Parks staff, Coleman said.

Whether skills and interests lie in carpentry, costume design and creation, machining, archiving, speaking to the public, cooking and hospitality, artifact restoration and preservation, historical research, track maintenance, publications, train operation, or any of a myriad other outlets, persons will find something fascinating and rewarding to do in Railtown´s volunteer program.

Saturday, February 15 is Railtown 1897 State Historic Park New Volunteer Orientation Day. Morning sessions will introduce Railtown and the Sierra Railway, and will give prospective volunteers a feel for the many and various volunteering opportunities at the park. Lunch is provided by our volunteers. During the afternoon, interested visitors will be given a tour of the park and will have their questions answered by current volunteers.

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. at the Tri-Dam building located at the end of Fifth Street. Call Virginia Stamm, Park Asst. Manager, 209-984-5923 for more information.