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

Summer is a busy time at the Mid-Continent Railway Museum as well as in the MCRM Restoration Department. Following is a summary of the volunteer work sessions that will be taking place in the MCRM Car Shop:

July 7-9 – Restoration Department volunteer session

July 22-24 – Restoration Department volunteer session

August 4-6 – Restoration Department volunteer session

August 25-26 – Restoration Department volunteer session

Any and all volunteers are welcome to participate in any of the above sessions.

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.


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.