If you have ever wanted to be “workin’ on the railroad”, this is the place to be…

 Orange Empire Railway Museum operates an all-volunteer staffed demonstration railway. Any able-bodied member is able to participate in our regular operations. We run electric city streetcars and the big interurbans which once ran in regular service, real live steam, and authentic diesel trains retired from the railroad and restored by our own members. We are always looking for responsible men and women to become part of the Orange Empire Railway Operations team.

 Becoming an Operator is means making a significant time commitment to the Museum, because it is the Operators who make our railroad run for our guests every weekend, and sometimes during the week. Our Operators are our main connection to the public and do double duty as our docents and tour guides on the cars and trains.

 To operate, we require a valid current driver’s license, and a paid up full membership in good standing at the Museum. The job can be physically demanding at times, so you should be in good health. However, we have many operators of advanced age and various conditions, so everyone is able to participate at their own comfort level.

 To earn a license to Operate; (i.e. streetcar motorman, streetcar conductor, train conductor, brakeman, engineer), we offer classes and provide the reading material for:

 The Orientation Class – to learn about our museum and its artifacts

The Rules Class – to learn the rules of railroad train operation

The Motorman Class – to learn what makes them go and stop, safely


For those who want to advance, there are additional classes

 The Train Conductor Class – to learn how to be in charge of the train

The Brakeman Class – to learn how to make up trains and guide the Engineer

The Engineer Class – to learn to operate the locomotives

FRA Engineer Certification


So, if you always wanted to be an engineer, conductor, motorman, or just wanted to say “I’ve been working on the railroad”, WELCOME ABOARD.

 Please email “The Membership Coordinator” at info@oerm.org or contact the Reception Center at (951) 943-3020 leave a message to be put in touch with the Operating Department instructors.

Visit the OERM operations website (username and password required).





Upcoming Events

Apr 19 - Apr 20
May 17 - May 18

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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.