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Volunteer with Us

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.

Multimedia

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.

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Volunteer Membership

All volunteers are required to maintain Membership status for insurance purposes. Look at the many advantages to being a YDHR member.

  • Members who volunteer their time can ride the train for free. Certain conditions apply; please refer to the “Members Benefits” section in the 2019 YDHR Membership Application
  • You will receive our quarterly newsletter, the Connecting Rod, with YDHR updates and interesting rail articles.
  • You will have the opportunity to vote at our annual general meeting
  • Friendships with fellow rail-fans!
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Membership fees:

  • SINGLE MEMBERSHIP $40.00 + HST
  • COUPLES MEMBERSHIP $45.00 + HST
  • FAMILY MEMBERSHIP $50.00 + HST
2019 YDHR Membership Application
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Attention High School Students

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

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