Operations Volunteering

Since its historical beginnings in 1987, the York-Durham Heritage Railway has been run primarily by our members and volunteers. Our organization would literally fall off the rails without the dedication of the many friends of the railway. Our volunteer members come from all walks of life, and all have something unique and valuable to offer the railway. Memberships are available for individuals, couples, or families.

We have the following positions available for volunteers:

Train Ambassador

If you enjoy interacting with people, this is the job for you!

Operating Crew

Receive training in some railway basics and help to ensure a smooth ride! No background experience necessary, just a willingness to learn.

Track Department

With more than 12 miles of track, maintenance is important! Help us out by clearing brush, repairing signs, and inspecting the line.

Locomotive Maintenance

For those who enjoy the challenge of working with a first generation diesel-electric motor, this is the position for you.

Car Department

Assist in maintaining our passenger coaches, including carpentry, window repair, and plumbing.

On-Board Services

From ticket sales, to selling souvenirs and operating the snack car, on-board services is the place to be if you really enjoy meeting people.


We're always looking for more videographers and photographers to capture the magic of the YDHR!

Railway Artifacts Museum

Be a part of history. We still have multiple coaches that need refurbishing and repairs before they can take their place in the museum.

General Maintenance

Maintaining the grounds takes a lot of work. Carpentry, painting, metal-work, and organizing the yard is the perfect position for anyone handy and energetic.


Membership fees:

  • 1 YEAR MEMBERSHIP $50.00 + HST

Attention High School Students

Volunteer with YDHR to complete your community service hours needed for graduation! Learn More

Interested in Volunteering - Contact us

Fill out the following form to volunteer in the listed areas of our organization. Please make sure to tell us the specific area(s) of our Operations you'd like to volunteer in.

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