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


Museum News

March 31, 2015 - 05:51
You're invited to a family celebration of Southern California's railway heritage on Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19 at the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris. The annual Spring Rail...
March 7, 2015 - 21:44
Hop on board! The Easter Bunny makes a stop at Orange Empire Railway Museum the weekend of March 28 and 29 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Perris. Kids of all ages will experience the magic of trains and...

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OERM 2015 Calendar

OERM 2014 CalendarThe Orange Empire 2015 Calendar  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 shipping. To order your calendar call 951-943-3020 or e-mail info@oerm.org for more information.