FtWRHS Seeking New Members, Volunteers

The group that operates Nickel Plate Road Berkshire-type No. 765 is seeking new members and volunteers.

Fort Wayne Railroad Historical SocietyIt recently put out a call to join on its website at https://fortwaynerailroad.org

The non-profit group currently has more than 600 members from 45 states and three countries. Nearly 100 volunteers from throughout the Midwest help staff its excursions and educational programs, as well as work in its shops in New Haven, Indiana.

“Our members and volunteers tackle some of the most logistically challenging and emotionally rewarding work in the industry,” said Kelly Lynch, vice president of the FWRHS. “We want to continue to share these rewards with our supporters and friends. There are opportunities for everyone here.”

Open volunteers positions include administrative staff, souvenir sales, docents, conductors, brakemen, locomotive crew, car hosts, machinists and shop workers.

Among the projects currently underway are restoration, maintenance and operation of steam and diesel locomotives; caboose and passenger rehabilitation; and excursion and event planning.

“Our volunteers are not limited to any specific group or person. All that matters is that you have a good attitude, a willingness to learn and time to dedicate to the cause,” said Joe Knapke, the Society’s crew chief and volunteer coordinator in a statement. “While prior experience is great, we do a lot of on-the-job training depending on what people are interested in.”

Volunteers must be current members of the FtWRHS and submit to a background check. Those under age 16 must be under the supervision of a parental guardian.

Membership benefits include invitation to members-only activities, being able to buy excursion tickets in advance of their public sale, and a subscription of the society’s newsletter, Short Lines.

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