New Leader Expanding Community Outreach

 New Leader Expanding Community Outreach

Joe Fuller, an information technology consultant with Hewlett-Packard, was recently elected President and CEO of the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris.

The board election of this Lakewood resident comes at a time when the museum is becoming more than a place to see and ride the historic rail cars and trolleys that helped create the Southern California we know today.

The Orange Empire Railway Museum is forging partnerships with public schools and community colleges to become a hands-on training facility for the railway industry.

"We committed to serving the community in many ways, finding ways to give back," said Fuller who first volunteered for the 1,600-member museum in 1999. He started in diesel maintenance, getting his hands dirty changing oil and tightening bolts on some of the 200 historic cars on the 90-acre site. He later became a diesel operator, moving locomotives in and out of sheds for maintenance.

Fuller, who is retired from the military and aerospace industry, originally became interested in trains because of their historic importance to the economy. Under his leadership, the railway museum is poised to expand its role in historic preservation by opening an archive center in late 2014 and a permanent exhibit on the Harvey Girls, a pioneering women's work force in the Western railroad.

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