The Railway Museum is always in need of volunteers. There are many ways YOU can support the Railway Museum. We are looking for volunteers who have an interest in museums, heritage preservation and of course, railways. There are a variety of projects to choose from including building and rolling stock restoration, museum guiding, website maintenance, grounds keeping, collections/archives development, mounting exhibits, fundraising, and painting and carpentry. The list goes on!
The station, rolling stock, grounds, and exhibits of the Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario requires dozens of people to make it work. Currently, that work is done by a small handful of enthusiasts. RMEO needs your help.
Your time is needed. You can sign up for a few volunteer hours, a day or two or for a season full of fun. There are plenty of projects to match almost any interest level and skill set. All volunteer hours are greatly appreciated.
The Railway Museum Board has appointed Brian Read to be the volunteer coordinator. Brian can answer your questions about volunteering and help you to find your meaningful role at the Railway Museum. To get involved, contact Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org. He'll put you in touch with project leaders like Gerald and his team on CAR 23 or Graeme in the Operator's Bay.
CAR 23: Join a small, dedicated team to restore Car 23, a wood and steel Canadian Pacific business car. Under the leadership of Gerald, RMEO restoration specialist, help to bring this piece of Canadian history back to its former beauty and purpose.
There is structural woodwork to recreate and install along with a warehouse full of original pieces like windows and carpeting. Volunteers don't need to be either carpenters or cabinet makers to move this project to completion. You can work a few hours up to a few years. This painstaking project is a long term endeavour that needs you!
Grounds and Maintenance: Keeping a station, related structures, and its 10 hectares of lawns, tracks, and gardens in top condition requires a track gang of workers. Join up now to help with:
Grass and shrubbery cutting and trimming
Garden planting and weeding
Painting switch stands, signal stands, railings, stairs to displays, signage, baggage wagons, hand cars, doors and door frames and more
For real go-getters there is a huge orange snow plow, box cars, and other rolling exhibits that need painting
Installing and developing signage
Track Work: Fred, a veteran railway track maintenance supervisor, is tasked with keeping RMEO rails ready for our motive power and cars to tour over two kilometres of track. There are many ways you can assist us to make our visitor experience memorable:
Laying ties and rails and spiking
Oiling and keeping clear switches
Inspecting the right of way to insure safe operations
Station Operations: Operator Graeme works the telegraph key faster than two thumbs on a keypad. He keeps trains running on schedule during special ride days. He is quartered in the Operator's Bay where he can keep an eye on the mainline.
Sweeping and dusting in the station and cabooses
Keeping the platform, platform railings, and steps clean, clear, and organized.
Cleaning washrooms and collecting garbage and recyclables.