Mid-Continent's nearly 600 members live in 30 states and 3 foreign countries. They come from all age groups, from both genders, and from a great variety of interests and occupations. Some are full-time or retired railroaders (representing roads such as the Central Vermont, the New York Central, the Wisconsin Central, the Alaska Railroad, and many more). Others are teachers, machinists, nurses, law enforcement officers, journalists, government workers, aircraft pilots, students, farmers and engineers. The ranks include budding enthusiasts, as well as some of the best known rail artists, photographers and writers in the land. Many volunteer their time to carry out the many tasks required to operate and improve a living, operating railway museum. Regardless of their "day jobs," members work as brakemen and locomotive engineers, as steamfitters and carpenters, as researchers and writers, as cooks and waiters, as designers and gandy dancers. But volunteer work is never required of members, and many are content to observe from an armchair, knowing that their dues and contributions help as well.

Membership in the Mid-Continent Railway Historical Society brings the usual benefits, including publications, museum store discounts, and a pass to ride. More importantly, it brings the satisfaction that you are supporting what Trains Magazine publisher Kevin Keefe called "one of the most authentic, essential institutions of its kind." Won't you join us today?

Every member begins at the Associate level. Annual dues are $40 a year. The membership year begins January 1 and you will receive a dues renewal notice after the first of the year. Many members have been content to stay at the Associate level during their entire involvement with the museum. However, those wishing to take a more active role in the museum's administration can upgrade to Regular or Life status after two consecutive years as an Associate member in good standing.

The cost to upgrade to the regular level is one-time initiation fee of $100. Annual dues for a Regular member are $50. Regular members have the privilege to vote on board elections, may run for election to the board of directors, or accept an appointment to an officer position.

For upgrade to Life membership, the one-time initiation fee of $100 is required. Dues for a lifetime members are $1,000, after which you will no longer be assessed annual dues. A portion of dues and the cost of membership upgrades may be tax deductible.

A copy of the bylaws and board minutes may be requested from the office by any member by sending a self-stamped-addressed envelope.

Mid-Continent members receive the following items as part of their membership

• Railway Gazette published several times per year;
The member-designed calendar;
Quarterly issues of the Steamer newsletter;
10% discount in the gift shop;
Access to the members-only Web page;
Free coach rides when space is available

Or, print out the handy Membership Application form and mail today. And welcome aboard!