Become a Volunteer at Orange Empire Railway Museum

We have preserved a great many rare and impressive pieces of rail history, but our most valuable asset is our volunteers.

We’re a non-profit museum of all volunteers. We have 200 active volunteers, but it is not enough to do the important work of keeping Southern California’s rail heritage alive.

We especially need a younger generation of train enthusiasts who can work one on one with our many skilled volunteers.

Why don’t you pitch in and become a part of the history we continue to make? All you need is long pants and some sturdy shoes and a budding interest in trains or a skilled expertise.

At Orange Empire Railway Museum, we work with metal, wood, mechanics and electronics to preserve and restore our historic rolling stock. We paint, landscape, sell food and souvenirs, punch tickets, give tours, plan events, handle crowds and do the many things our living museum needs.

Volunteers at OERMYou can be part of a train crew and give rides to the public on weekends. You can learn to be a motorcar conductor, motorcar operator, brakeman, train conductor, engineer and more. Volunteer as a mechanic, restorer, docent, track maintainer, grounds keeper, overhead wire maintainer, machine operator or other.

We have training programs for many of our areas. We train volunteers who operate our railroad equipment under Railroad Safety Technical Training Standards of the Federal Railroad Administration. Volunteers must be museum members to participate.

If you’re new to the Orange Empire Railway Museum or just looking for something to do, you’ve found the right place. We will help you and your family finds a spot that’s rewarding. Come visit us in Perris to begin working in your field of choice. Or call our volunteer coordinator, Rob Zanin at 951-662-3023 or email him at rjzanin@msn.com


Upcoming Events

May 17 - May 18
Jun 14

Museum News

April 22, 2014 - 05:57
You're invited to a family celebration of Southern California's railway heritage on Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18 at the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris. The annual Spring Rail Festival...
March 12, 2014 - 17:16
See antique trucks, step onto train cars, take a ride on trolleys! Thousands of truck enthusiasts and rail fans will gather Sunday, May 4 at OERM for the annual Antique Truck Show. This one-day...

OERM 2014 Calendar

OERM 2014 CalendarThe Orange Empire 2014 Calendar titled "The Street Cars of Los Angeles" is now available. Photographs of the Los Angeles Railway and the Pacific Electric Railway in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas enhance each month.. The price is $12.95 each plus sales tax and $5.00 shipping. To order your calendar call 951-943-3020 or e-mail info@oerm.org for more information.