Our volunteers and members play a key role in the organization by donating thousands of hours each year. They come from all different areas and backgrounds but all have the love for not only steam railroad history, but the special events our organization hosts that benefits not only our organization but the community as a whole.
If you are interested in helping to preserve history and serving the community, please send us a message and we will be happy to get to know you and how you can help our organization to prosper. Scroll down below for more information on the primary areas to volunteer.
Not just selling tickets, this volunteer position is public relations oriented. MCRR members, whether interacting with the public as a representative of MCRR or sharing the history of railroading, the ticket agent makes a large contribution to the atmosphere of the steam railroad.
Gift Shop Sales:
Like the Ticket Agent this position is not only just attending the checkout counter, this volunteer position is public relations oriented. MCRR members, whether interacting with the public as a representative of MCRR or sharing the history of railroading, the Gift Shop Sales personnel make a large contribution to the atmosphere of our events.
Besides the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion, the Midwest Central Railroad operates two other major events each year that require volunteer participation outside of what would be considered normal for a railroad. Our Midwest Haunted Rails and North Pole Express events require volunteers for many different activities such as Cookie Coco servers, crafts room attendants, costumed performers and more. These events also require persons with backgrounds in electronics, animation, pneumatics, theater and theater lighting/sound, set design and more. We are also in search of creative persons capable of creating scenes for our Haunted South Station and our North Pole Express events.
Every car needs two conductors, aged 16 or older (and optionally a junior conductor, see below) to collect tickets, maintain order for each running, and share the history of the railroad. If you are a current MCRR member but don't have the knowledge and know the history, don't worry, we can help with that. Your enthusiasm, love of trains, and willingness to share it with the public is a wonderful start for this position. Contact our Conductor/Junior Conductor Coordinator, Dylan Duncan, via email (email@example.com) for additional details.
In order for a young MCRR member to be considered for the Junior Conductor position, they must be at least 12 years of age, have a permission slip signed by a parent or guardian and be trained by a designated and authorized lead conductor. Prospective Junior Conductors must contact our Conductor/Junior Conductor Coordinator, Dylan Duncan, via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for additional details. Note: Junior Conductors are only allowed to work one three hour shift then must take a shift off before working another shift.
The fireman keeps the fire going in the locomotives' fireboxes, maintains the correct pressure for the steam required to run the engine, and insures the water level is correct. The fireman prepares the locomotive for the day's use and assists in its shutdown at the end of the day. This position starts with the status of current MCRR member/Student Fireman and requires at least 60 volunteer hours somewhere on the railroad. If your interests lie with the locomotives, this is where it starts. After 60 hours and/or demonstrated competency as a Student Fireman you may be promoted to Fireman.
The Engineer is the top stop in the cab of the engine. This position follows at least 60 hours and demonstrated competency as a Fireman, and at least 60 hours and/or demonstrated competency as a Student Engineer and current MCRR membership status. You will be required to follow the certification steps in order to become an Engineer with the MCRR. The Engineer is ultimately responsible for the safe operation of the locomotive and train.
The work involved in keeping the engines and rolling stock in good, safe, working order is an on-going project. We pride ourselves with keeping our equipment true to history while keeping focused on the safety of volunteers and passengers. There's always a project going on that volunteers can help with, from working on engines, cars, and equipment to maintaining the track they run on, and everything in between.