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Volunteers

The Museum is managed and staffed primarily by volunteers. Contrary to first impressions, most SRM volunteers have never been involved in any way with railroads prior to joining the museum.

You can get involved in many ways. The museum is looking for people to help with the following:

Information Desk Receptionist / Docent
As the Front Desk Docent you will be one of the first volunteers our guests meet.
We're looking for outgoing people who enjoy meeting and interacting with the public, with a pleasant telephone manner and legible handwriting.
You'll be responsible for answering the phone, providing general information to guests and handling administrative tasks associated with birthday parties and event rental space.
Community Service Work Coordinator/Supervisors
As a CSW Coordinator or Supervisor, you'll be working with various community service workers at the museum. This involves coordinating work assignments and completing administrative paperwork.
We're looking for folks with leadership qualities, attention to detail, and good phone and computer skills. Because this does involve interacting with people doing community service either as a pre-trial diversion program or as a requirement of their probation, we require you be 21 years old to fill these positions.
Train Crew - full scale
As a member of the museum's full scale train crew, you'll get hands on experience with the museum's collection of rolling stock. Routine operations include vintage diesel locomotives, cabooses and passenger cars. On a less frequent basis, other rolling stock is moved around to create/refresh exhibits and or move items to the shop for restoration and maintenance work.
Opportunities exist to for engineers, brakemen/women and conductors. We also have a need for mechanically inclined volunteers to participate in the maintenance and restoration of our full scale rolling stock as well as track and ROW maintenance.
These positions are outdoors and do require occasional lifting of up to 50 lbs. These positions do require that you have the physical ability to climb steep stairs as well. There is training provided and you get to interface with a lot of our visitors so we're looking for friendly, engaging volunteers.
Park Train crew
As a member of the Park Train Crew, you'll have an opportunity to be involved with the museum's vintage miniature train operations.
We have positions for engineers and conductor/ticket taker. We also have opportunities for mechanically minded volunteers to get involved with the restoration of additional equipment and expansion of the layout.
These positions are primarily outdoors and require occasional lifting up to 40 lbs. We provide training and you'll get an opportunity to interface with visitors.
Party hosting
The museum has a growing need for birthday party and family events Hosts as the number of birthday parties and events continue to grow.
Much of this activity takes place in one of our party spaces where you'll have the opportunity to be involved with folks throwing parties. We expect you to be detail oriented, friendly and courteous.
There is some limited amount of lifting involved and the party spaces do require you to be able to climb moderate stairs.

Other positions available (and we'll be providing more detail shortly similar to the ones above) include...

  • Group tours - we need help both in leading tours, presenting educational programming and preparing materials
  • Exhibit construction, maintenance, repair
  • Landscape maintenance
  • Gift shop sales
  • Events planning and hosting.

No matter what your interest, the Southeastern Railway Museum offers you a fulfilling opportunity to get involved with a dedicated group of people trying to share the history of railroads in the south with a new generation.

For more information about how you can get involved, contact the , call (770) 476-2013, or just come visit the museum during normal hours and ask about volunteering. 

So that we have some basic information about you, we ask that you fill out our volunteer information form located here. (The online form opens in a new window so you don't loose your place here)

 

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The Grand Scale / Park Train project

Many of us can fondly recall the small train sets that operated at fairs, zoos, parks and even the occasional drive in theater. Trains such as this reached their peak popularity during the “Baby Boomer” years. While some of these trains still operate around the country, most such attractions have faded away.

Several years ago, two such park train sets were donated to the Southeastern Railway Museum by Ben and Joy Black. These train sets (2 Locomotives, and 8 Passenger Cars) were originally purchased, and used at the Birmingham Zoo. They were manufactured by the Miniature Train Company in 1957, and used by the zoo until they were retired in 1976. The 900 and 902 train sets are pictured to the right in their original “as built” paint schemes (at the Birmingham Zoo).

The staff of the Southeastern Railway Museum is actively working to bring a miniature/park train ride back to the museum. This ride will use the previously donated, former Birmingham Zoo rolling stock. In support of our plan, one locomotive (the 900) and two passenger cars have undergone a complete cosmetic and mechanical restoration and entered service Oct 6, 2012.

As you might expect, this is an expensive undertaking for the museum.

Phase #1, consisted of the installation of ~1600 feet of track and was opened for public rides Oct. 6, 2012 with the #900 engine. The Phase #1 layout can be seen in the drawing to the right and is represented by a solid blue line.

Phase #2 will add another 2500 Feet of track. The expected start date for this phase is in the Spring of 2014. The Phase #2 layout is represented by a dashed blue line in the layout drawing.

The Southeastern Railway Museum is owned by the Atlanta Chapter, National Railway Historical Society and operated by the volunteers of the Southeastern Railway Museum Inc. a not for profit 501(c)3 organization. The museum does not receive operating funds from any government agency. As such, a project like this requires us to look for donors and sponsors.

 

Help Us Build

Do you know of someone, or an organization that might sponsor a portion of the Park Train project? Would your business consider sponsoring a passenger car? If so, we can place an ad for your business on the side of the car. Contact us for more

No donation is too small, examples of expenses below show how any donation can be utilized.

Make a tax-deductible donation for the park train today!

 1 rail spike $1
 3 cross ties $10
 3 feet of rail $125
 5 tons of ballast $150
 1 switch $3000
 Sponsor a car
and have it carry your advertising
$4000

 

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Save-A-Train

Please donate today to our first "Save a Train" project, to restore historic Park Train Locomotive #902. This locomotive carried happy children at the Birmingham Zoo for many years. Our goal is to restore this historic engine to operating condition, including a major mechanical restoration. The goal is to bring it back to service carrying a new generation of happy children, like it's sister #900 is doing every weekend.

Our fundraising goal for this project is $20,000. With a little help from a lot of people, we can meet this goal and get #902 back on the tracks where she belongs in 2014.

Make a tax-deductible donation for the Save-a-Train project today

 

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Membership

Membership in the museum is a rewarding way to help preserve history and save money at the same time. All memberships include unlimited visits for a 12 month period, discounts on gift shop merchandise and a free train ride with each visit.

You can join the museum during any visit or download the membership application (here) and mail it in.

For museum membership questions, please contact our membership team by clicking .

 

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