With only one paid staff member, the Florida Railroad Museum would not exist without the generous efforts of its volunteer members. From restoring old equipment and maintaining operating equipment, renewing the track and operating the train each weekend our volunteers are the backbone of this organization.
Highly qualified volunteers with thousands of hours of service will guide you through all the training needed to perform your duties. The most rigorous training can be found in the Operations Department, where volunteers work their way from car host to locomotive engineer. It is a long and rewarding journey.
As a volunteer you decide the level of service and number of hours to donate. Some positions in the Operating Department do require a minimum number of trips or days worked during the year to maintain certification.
Maintenance and restoration activities are scheduled throughout the week. Train operations and the gift shop run on weekends with occasional charter work during the week. Phone reservations operate from volunteer's homes throughout the week. Finally, this website runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is not unusual for visitors to find an e-mail reply sent at 2 o'clock in the morning.
Membership dues, donations of money and materials and vehicle mileage traveling to/from the museum for volunteer duties are all deductible under IRS 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization guidelines.
All volunteers must be members of the Museum. Membership starts at just $40 per year for an individual and includes many benefits. Detailed information is available on the Membership page. You can even join right from home, right now.
Our volunteers are the public face of the Museum every day.
Which way do you want to go? Come throw some switches and keep the Museum moving on the right track.
Without track maintenance the Museum wouldn't have a rail to run on.
Way to go guys! 50 feet of spike pulling down and only a couple thousand to go.
It's hard work but our volunteers are always smiling.