VOLUNTEER

Do you want to learn how to drive BCER 1225? Talk to the passengers and tell stories about ‘the good old days’ on the rails? Greet and guide passengers on board, or at the stations?

We are always looking for volunteers!

Volunteers are needed on weekends during our operating season of May through to October to help with greeting guests, ticket sales, guided tours and more.

Additionally, we are always seeking volunteers with electrical, mechanical and woodworking skills to help maintain and restore the cars. For a complete list of opportunities, see below.

GETTING STARTED

  • Volunteer orientation is given at times throughout the year for all positions
  • All ages are welcome – we have active volunteers from 12 – 80s, both men and women
  • All Volunteers must fill out the FVHRS Vol Application
  • Forward your filled-out FVHRS Vol Application to the Coordinator of the Volunteers indicated on the form and they will send it to the coordinator of area that you are interested in
  • Volunteer duty reference handbooks are provided
  • Volunteers are expected to become FVHRS members
  • Contact the Coordinator of your area of choice for any additional information

Scope of Volunteer Opportunities

At the Station

During the operating season of May to October:

STATION – minimum commitment of 2 x 1/2 day , or 1 full day per month

• Greeter at the front gate
• Greeter at station entrance
• Guide in the museum
• Souvenir sales
• Ticket sales
• Platform Guide and Electric Lift Assistant
• Stationmaster (position available following experience in most station areas

Contact: Liz Aubert, Station Volunteer Coordinator
(email) lizfizz@shaw.ca
(tel) 604-538-3505
(cell) 604-928-3505

BARN TOURS – minimum commitment of 2 x 1/2 day or 1 full day  per month

Give guided tours of the Carbarn – instruction provided.

Contact: Gary Ridout, Volunteer Coordinator Barn Tours and Speeder Ops.
(email) gridout@telus.net
(cell) 604-594-3049

On the Train

During the operating season of May to October:

TRAIN OPERATOR – min. commitment of 2 full days per month

Needs to pass a medical and must be prepared to take a course on various sections of the Canadian Railway Operating Rules and pass a written exam. Must be willing to take the time to practice operating the Heritage Interurban with a qualified operator.

• Conductor – assists Train Operator, is also a qualified Operator.

Contact: Terry Nichols, Operations Coordinator
(email) tdnichols@telus.net
(cell) 604-313-5505

PASSENGER ATTENDANT – min. commitment of 2 x 1/2 day  or 1 full day per month

Needs to be familiar with the FVHRS Safety Management System and Passenger Handling Document, and pass an open book test on each. Volunteer should enjoy meeting and interacting with the passengers. A working knowledge of the history of the Fraser Valley Line and BCER 1225 would be beneficial.

Contact: Terry Nichols, Operations Coordinator
(email) tdnichols@telus.net
(cell) 604-313-5505

SPEEDER OPERATOR / BRAKEPERSON – min. commitment of  2 full days per month

Needs to be familiar with FVHRS’s Safety Management System and Passenger Handling Document and pass an open book test on each. Speeder Operator should be willing to take the time to practice operating the Heritage Interurban with a qualified operator. Brakeman should enjoy meeting the public. The speeder operator will require a medical (good for 3 years).

Contact: Terry Nichols, Operations Coordinator
(email) tdnichols@telus.net
(cell) 604-313-5505

Restoration and Maintenance

All year, during the week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9 am to 2 pm:

RESTORATION VOLUNTEERS – min. commitment of 2 full  days per month, 9 am to 2 pm.

In the Carbarn, various projects are available for restoration, annual and monthly maintenance, refurbishing of mechanical and electrical parts of FVHRS equipment and property. People with a variety of skills in electrical, mechanical, woodworking and painting are required.

Contact: Ray Crowther, Director of Buildings and Grounds and Carbarn Volunteers
(email) rjcrowther@telus.net
(cell) 604-866-8045
OR: Terry Nichols, Maintenance Coordinator
(email) tdnichols@telus.net
(cell) 604-313-5505

All Volunteers must fill out the Volunteer Application Form and submit it to FVHRS. Download the application form here.    FVHRS Vol Application

TICKET INFORMATION

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THE HISTORY

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