Mid-Continent Railway Museum is made possible by its volunteers. In 2021, over 50 volunteers combined for over 5,000 hours of volunteering. Join us in helping to preserve and share railroad history through the operation of our vintage railroad rides and display of our nationally-acclaimed collection of railcars, locomotives, and railroad equipment.

Contact us at inquiries@midcontinent.org to participate in one or more of the following upcoming volunteer sessions or use the Sign Up or Request More Info button. Museum membership is not required to volunteer in most areas.

Upcoming Volunteer Sessions

September 16-17-18, 2022

Mechanical Department volunteers will be working on the front truck of the Western Coal & Coke #1 locomotive. Project contact: David Wantz.

September 17, 2022

Restoration Department volunteers will be working on the cosmetic restoration of the Dardanelle & Russellville #9 locomotive. Work begins at 10 AM. Project contact: Jason Reiman.

September 17-18, 2022

The Mechanical Department will be working on the C&NW #1385 locomotive tender, including tasks needed to fill the tender with water to check the truck spring compression and brake pipe fabrication. Persons with experience heating/bending pipe are highly encouraged to participate. If there is sufficient help, other tasks in the Engine House will be tackled. Project contact: Ed Ripp.

September 17-18, 2022

The Buildings & Grounds Department will be hosting a work session beginning at 9 AM in the office parking lot. Work will include clearing out a semi-trailer of its contents and moving them to Storage Building #1, and cleaning the area around the office and newly acquired Storage Building #2. Please bring chain saws, pole saws, and gloves. Bring a lunch or eat in town at noon. Work will end at 5 PM. Project contact: Andy Spinelli.

September 24-25-26, 2022

The Restoration Department will be continuing work on the EJ&S #2 (exterior), the Soo Line #203 caboose (painting the interior), the LS&I #64 and the Montana Western #31 (cleaning). We need volunteers with interest in painting, woodwork, metal working and people who are jacks of any or all trades. Come join us in the Car Shop and see these vintage railroad cars come back to life. We start each day by 9 a.m. Project contact: Bill Buhrmaster.

September 30 & October 1-2, 2022

The Restoration Department will be working on various projects in the Car Shop as well as preparing for and hosting the Vintage Rail Car Tours.

October 14-15-16, 2022

The Restoration Department will be working on various projects inside the Car Shop building.

October 28-29-30, 2022

The Restoration Department will be working on various projects inside the Car Shop building.

November 11-12-13, 2022

The Restoration Department will be working on various projects inside the Car Shop building.

November 25-27 2022

The Mechanical Department is seeking volunteers to assist with the operation of the steam generator car during the museum’s Santa Express event. No prior experience needed, new volunteers will be partnered with experienced personnel. Contact person: Ed Ripp

December 2-3-4, 2022

The Restoration Department will be working on various projects inside the Car Shop building.

December 3-4 2022

The Mechanical Department is seeking volunteers to assist with the operation of the steam generator car during the museum’s Santa Express event. No prior experience needed, new volunteers will be partnered with experienced personnel. Contact person: Ed Ripp

TBD

Wheel replacement on caboose C-74. Date(s) to be announced after the museum’s heavy-duty forklift is repaired.


Open Volunteer Positions

Dining Services Superintendent

Mid-Continent is seeking a volunteer to serve as the Superintendent of Dining Services. This person coordinates with caterers, vendors, and volunteers to schedule and operate the museum’s popular dining service trains. This service is very popular with museum visitors. Contact person: Jeff Huttenburg.

Dining Services Volunteers

When Mid-Continent is able to fill the position of Dining Services Superintendent, the department will require a team of people ready to volunteer as servers, bartenders, dishwashers, etc. to be able to again host these popular trains. Contact person: Jeff Huttenburg.

Train Crew

Volunteers operate Mid-Continent’s train rides. Our in-house training program is offered each spring in April/May and allows new volunteers to become qualified as a Mid-Continent trainman. After gaining sufficient experience, trainmen can go on to become Mid-Continent conductors, firemen, and locomotive engineers. Contact person: Colin O’Brien.

Librarian/Small Artifact Collection Assistant

Volunteers are needed to assist with cataloging, sorting, scanning, etc. of Mid-Continent’s library and small artifact collection. Contact person: Rick Thiele.

Handyman

Mid-Continent is seeking volunteers able to address small maintenance projects around the museum, either on their own or by leading volunteers of varying experience levels. Examples of projects that may come up include building repair, winterization, light plumbing work, light electrical work, painting, and tree trimming. Contact person: Andy Spinelli.