Volunteers are a critical part of our operation. It is the volunteers that work on our projects, that meet and greet our visitors, and that operate our trains. We have no paid staff.
Our volunteer corps is like a family. Many meet for breakfast before the day begins or for supper after it ends. Others keep in touch with each other throughout the week.
We encourage new volunteers to come and find a place with us. All ages, abilities, and interests are welcome- there is truly something for everyone. Because of the variety of things we do, and the potential dangers of working around railroad equipment, we require that new volunteers only do work under the supervision or guidance of project managers, at least for the first couple of months, so that we can “show you the ropes”.
A few examples of volunteer work on the WW&F Railway include:
- Buildings and grounds maintenance
- Right-of-way and track maintenance
- Archival work
- Machine Shop and Wood Shop work
- Communications (magneto telephone) Maintenance
- Train Operations (Car Hosts, Trainmen, Brakemen, Engineers, Conductors, Dispatchers)
Volunteers are always present on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Typically, work begins by 8am on Saturdays (9am on weekdays) while “closing time” is after 4 PM. (During the late autumn and early winter months, when it gets dark early, we leave early.) Activities are usually rain or shine, but may move indoors during inclement weather.
A selection of current volunteer work sessions can be found here.
Railway Operations and Train & Engine Service
Railway operations are covered by the WW&F’s Safety and Efficiency Program (S&EP). Those interested in train crew service must meet the following requirements to enter the program:
- Attend a rules and practice session, or obtain equivalent training from the Training Officer
- Be issued a copy of the ‘Rules and Standards for Operation’
- Work for the WW&F in a volunteer capacity for at least four calendar days of at least six hours each.
- Be cleared for entry into the S&EP by the training officer and the Railroad Superintendent.
- Upon Entry into the S&EP, and with further approval by the Training Officer and Railroad Superintendent, a volunteer may serve in the following positions: Car Host, Trainman, Agent.