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Tuesday, 19 February 2013 13:54

Community Service

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If you are looking to complete community service hours for high school or college then visit us and help us to preserve this historic location!

 

While we offer several events where you can interact with visitors and staff, we also have several projects where you can work on a specific assignment such as bringing  a train car back to life!

 

The process is simple:

  1. Download and print the application
  2. Read the dress code.
  3. The application must be completely filled and must be brought on the first day of volunteering.
  4. Once you have turned in the application you are free to participate in any of the events posted!

NOTE: If you are a high school student you will receive credit for your hours. This will be verified in a letter to your school/group. You are responsible for picking up this letter and delivering it to your school. Letters are usually ready a week after an event. You will receive an email after every event.

 

If you plan to volunteer on a regular basis, your hours will be totaled upon request and a letter with the total will be created.

 

If you are a college student doing service learning you will not receive a letter, instead you will receive credit on the log provided by your institution. However, a letter can be created upon request for your personal records.

 

***GOLD COAST RAILROAD MUSEUM DOES NOT ACCEPT COURT ORDER COMMUNITY SERVICE***

 

Please click here to download the volunteer application.

Friday, 06 July 2012 22:55

Traincrew Member for a Day Application

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GOLD COAST RAILROAD MUSEUM
Train Crewmember For-A-Day Application

To apply, print out and complete this form, and mail it with deposit to:

The Gold Coast Railroad Museum 
12450 S.W. 152nd Street
Miami, Florida, 33177-1402
U.S.A. 

Name: ______________________________________________________________________________

Address: ____________________________________________________________________________

City: ___________________________ State: ___________ Postal Code: ________________________

E-mail Address: ______________________________________________________________________

I am at least 18 years old: YES:____ NO: ____     Phone number: (________) ________-___________

Known medical conditions and/or Allergies_________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________________

Emergency contact: Name: _____________________________________________________________

Address: ____________________________________________________________________________

City: ___________________________ State: ___________ Postal Code: ________________________

Phone number: (________) ________-___________

Select a Program:

____ Bronze Spike ($85.00 = $50.00 Program Fee plus $35.00 Individual Memberhip)

____ Silver Spike (Weekends only, $145.00 = $110.00 Program Fee plus $35.00 Individual Memberhip)

____ Gold Spike (Weekends only, $185.00 = $150.00 Program Fee plus $35.00 Individual Memberhip)

Requested dates: 1st choice: ____/____/____   2nd Choice: ____/____/____   3rd Choice: ____/____/____

Method of Payment: ____ Cash     ____ Check     ____ Visa/MasterCard     ____ American Express

Account Number: __________________________________ Expiration Date: _______/_______

Signature and Name (printed) as it appears on card:___________________________________________

  • A deposit of 50% will be required to reserve a date. Dates are not guaranteed until a deposit is received.
  • Deposits are nonrefundable once a date is confirmed by the Gold Coast Railroad Museum, except as below.
  • Deposits may be refunded, or dates may be rescheduled, only if equipment failures or other extenuating circumstances prevent the Museum from honoring the reservation.
  • Dates are subject to availability and equipment is subject to change.
Tuesday, 12 June 2012 17:46

Crewmember Program

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Train Crew Member For-A-Day

The Gold Coast Railroad Museum "Train Crew Member For-A-Day" program enables the general public to act as a part of the Train Crew on Museum trains. The program will provide for thirty minutes or more of run time (actual throttle time) in one of the Museum's active locomotives. All participants in this program will be under the strict supervision of instructors at all times.

At this time the Museum operates our ACL GP-7 #1804. Other locomotives are rotated into active service from time to time including, ALCO S-2 #1, EMD E-8A #1594, and EMD E-9A #9913.


Testimonial


"I want to thank [the crewmembers] very much for an excellent and exciting "Crew" day. The experience of actually running the #1804, with switching and excursion duty thrown-in for good measure, was a totally unique experience. In all my years of rail-fanning, this is the only time that I have seen a museum offer this kind of interaction. I hope you can continue to offer this opportunity, and have a successful museum for many more years ahead. I certainly hope to visit your museum again during my next visit to Florida, and of course be a crew member again." - John Majkot, December 2003

 

 Program Packages

The Bronze Spike

The Bronze Spike package will provide the following:

  • Individual Membership to the Gold Coast Railroad Museum
  • Half-hour of locomotive operations
  • This package may be split by two people.

The Silver Spike

The Silver Spike package will provide the following:

  • Individual Membership to the Gold Coast Railroad Museum
  • Instructions that will review all safety procedures and general operations; overview of Engineer, Conductor, Fireman, and Trainman positions; locomotive characteristics (including engine starting procedures if participants can arrive before opening), signals, and the Gold Coast Railroad Museum Operating Rules. The operating rules will be provided prior to arrival when possible.
  • Pre-start inspection and starting of the locomotive
  • Familiarization of locomotive operations
  • Act as Engineer during the operation of a Gold Coast Railroad train
  • Shut down procedures

 

The Golden Spike

The Golden Spike package will provide the following:

  • Individual Membership to the Gold Coast Railroad Museum
  • Instructions that will review all safety procedures and general operations; overview of Engineer, Conductor, Fireman, and Trainman positions; locomotive characteristics (including engine starting procedures if participants can arrive before opening), signals, and the Gold Coast Railroad Museum Operating Rules. The operating rules will be provided prior to arrival when possible.
  • Pre-start inspection and starting of the locomotive
  • Act as Conductor during a 45 to 60 minute switch move
  • Familiarization of locomotive operations
  • Act as Engineer during a 30 to 45 minute switch move
  • Act as Engineer during the operation of a Gold Coast Railroad train (operating weekends only)
  • Shut down procedures

 

Reservations

The program will be by appointment only and space will be limited to two persons per day for the Sliver and Gold Spike packages. Up to two family members and/or friends may observe with a paid admission, however seating space in the cab is limited subject to Museum regulations. Questions regarding program details or to check date availability may be directed to the museum store by calling 305-253-0063. All scheduling will be subject to crew member and equipment availability.

 
Operations

Program must be scheduled in advance as hours may vary. Participants interested in taking part in pre-start inspection and locomotive starting procedures will need to arrange their program to begin prior to opening of the Museum. Locomotive familiarization will begin after the locomitive is ready. Switching activities will be arranged around available schedules. All package operating times are flexible depending on crew and equipment availability.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012 16:55

Be an Engineer

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Be an Engineer—Opportunities to Become Part of Our Crew

The Gold Coast Railroad Museum offers several opportunities for visitors and members to take part as a crewmember on Museum trains.

For adult visitors, we offer a Train Crewmember For-A-Day Program providing for anywhere from a half-hour to an all-day adventure at the controls of historic railroad equipment. This program may also be utilized by Museum members who may not desire to actively participate as a permanent crewmember.

The Museum also offers a Junior Trainman Program for children under age 18 who are interested in learning about operating trains and railroading in general.

For General Members who desire to become an active part of the Museum's Operating Crew, we encourage enrollment in our Crewmember Program. The Museum depends on the dedication of volunteer crewmembers built from within its general membership to operate its trains as part of its endeavor to educate our visitors.

 

Tuesday, 12 June 2012 16:03

Donate Items

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Donate Now

The Gold Coast Railroad Museum is in need of the following items and you can Help. You or your organization can donate the specific item needed or donate money to the designated Fund. Please keep in mind that ALL DONATIONS of specific items or money are Tax Deductable. Please call Michael Hall or the store museum for information how you can donate items. We can be reached at 305 - 253 - 0063.

Items that we need:

 

  • Any Available Working Utility Vehicles and Trailers
  • Outdoor Tables and Chairs
  • Picnic Tables
  • New or Working Used Golf Carts
  • Weed Eaters
  • Lawn Mowers
  • Riding Lawn Mowers
  • Hurricane Shutters for our Administration Building
  • Miami-Dade Approved Storage Buildings
  • Bicycle Rack
  • 1920's and 1930's baggage & trunks for display in our bags cars and floats
  • New flooring for our Cafe Car
  • 200 metal folding chairs would greatly expand our ability to host functions
  • Store Display Fixtures
  • Shrink Wrap Machine for the Museum Store
  • French Barricades
  • Wood-working tools and equipment for our "Wood Shop"
  • Computers
  • Laptop Computer with a DVD burner & wifi capability Web Maintenance
  • Trash Bins
  • DVD Players for Displays
  • LCD Projector
  • Cleaning Equipment
  • Display Cases
  • Air Conditioning Equipment
  • Electrical Equipment
  • Stanchions
  • Paint Brushes
  • Halloween Lights and Decorations
  • Holiday/Christmas Lights and Decorarions
  • "Check Out" counter for the Museum Store
  • Mannequins
  • Office Supplies
  • Basic Camera DVR Security System for the Administration Building
  • Commercial Napkins and Table Clothes (Dining Cars)
  • Carpeting For Passenger Railroad Cars
  • Silk and Live Plants

 

Click Above to donate money to the museum through Paypal

Tuesday, 12 June 2012 02:38

Volunteer

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Be an Volunteer - Opportunities to Become Part of Our Crew (Non-Community Service)

The Gold Coast Railroad Museum offers several opportunities for visitors and members to take part as a crewmember on Museum trains.

For General Members who desire to become an active part of the Museum's Operating Crew, we encourage those interested to call the museum, or stop by on a weekend. The Museum depends on the dedication of volunteer crewmembers built from within its general membership to operate its trains as part of its endeavor to educate our visitors.

For adult visitors, who do not wish to be members, we offer a Train Crewmember For-A-Day Program providing anywhere from a half-hour to an all-day adventure at the controls of historic railroad equipment.

The Museum also offers a Junior Trainman Program for children under age 18 who are interested in learning about operating trains and railroading in general.

To become part of the operating crew, it is first necessary to become a Museum member. Insurance considerations require that only members of the Museum may operate our equipment.

 

Railroad Operations

The first step in becoming a crewmember or volunteer is meeting with an Train crew volunteer. They can talk with you about your interests and arrange for a good time to begin your training. For information, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call the Museum at 305-253-0063 for details.

Interested volunteers will learn the basics of railroad operation at the Museum. Attendees will spend approximately two hours in classroom instruction covering the Museum's Operating Rules including whistle/horn signals, hand signals, railroad safety, and operating procedures.

The remainder of the class is conducted outside, in and around the Museum's cars, equipment, and right-of-way, where railroad terminology is discussed and the physical properties of the railroad are explained, including coupling cars, brakes, switches, and more.

After completion of the course, attendees may take the class materials home to review and study. When they feel ready, attendees can schedule to take the Operating Rules Written Exam. If attendees obtain a passing grade on the exam, they will gain the title of Trainman, become an official crew member.


Edwin Link Train

Upon becoming a Trainman, new crewmembers can assist with operations at the Museum and begin further training in the various positions.

New Trainmen will first be instructed on the operation of the "Link" Train. Trainmen will work alongside qualified crewmembers and learn the mechanics of operating a small scale steam locomotive on compressed air during regular train operations. This training will also familiarize new Trainmen on the general operating procedures at the Museum and day-to-day activities.


Operating the Link Train will teach the principles of safety, responsibility, judgement, and equipment care, that will be required for advancement to standard gauge operations. At the same time, learning on this relatively small scale equipment ensures that any errors, mistakes, or accidents during training are not exacerbated as they might be with standard gauge operations.

In addition, the steam locomotive is perhaps the most difficult piece of equipment to learn to operate smoothly and effectively and thus will provide an excellent base for further advancement. To some, it is the most difficult piece of equipment to master at the Museum.

After sufficient training, Trainmen will gain the title of Link Engineer and will have the authority to operate the Link Train on their own. Link Engineers will be monitored for a period of time before advancement to standard gauge equipment can begin.

 

Fireman Position - Standard Gauge

Concurrent with Link Training, Trainmen who have demonstrated responsibility and adequate knowledge of the Museum's Operating Procedures may be trained by qualified crewmembers in the Fireman position on Cab Rides and other standard gauge operations.

After sufficient training, Trainmen will gain the title of Fireman and will have the authority to act as Fireman on their own on standard gauge trains.

 

Engineer Position - Standard Gauge


After acting as Fireman for a sufficient period, training may begin in the positions of Engineer and Conductor. Written and practical exams may be required for each position.

Engineer training is engine specific and qualifications will be issued per engine, and further, for specific operations (i.e., cab rides, coach rides, switching, etc.)

Engineer trainees will work alongside qualified crewmembers to learn the operating and physical characteristics of each engine, including handling and braking, as well as safety and dealing with emergency and unusual situations.

 

Conductor Position - Standard Gauge


Conductor trainees will learn the groundwork required in making and breaking trains, moving equipment, and working effectively with groups of crewmembers.

Qualified Conductors hold the highest rank on Museum trains; collecting tickets, attending to the needs of passengers, guarding the rear of equipment during reverse movements, and control train movements.

 

Mechanical Department

While it is possible to become qualified in various positions without participating in the care and maintenance of equipment, it is strongly preferred that crewmembers assist in these activities wherever possible.

Engines may only be started by crewmembers qualified by the Mechanical Department and specific training is arranged for each piece of equipment.

All mechanical work is arranged through the Chief Mechanical Officer, and all crewmembers and members are invited to assist wherever their skills may be useful. The Museum depends on volunteers to help maintain our collection.


Commitment and Duty

Becoming an active crew member may be considered a free "bonus" for members who volunteer time and/or services at the Museum and is not a privilege of membership. In return for the opportunity to become and remain an active crewmember, we offer a free museum membership to the individual who volunteers his or her time.

There is no defined contribution requirement, but we aim to ensure that the program is fair and crewmembers have an equal opportunity to operate equipment given consideration to personal schedule, physical ability, and level of commitment to the Museum.

Our members' skills are as varied as their interests and we understand that not every member is mechanically inclined, and we also understand that time is always a premium resource. We offer to teach people the following areas, and some examples of crewmember contributions are:

  • Assisting with regular maintenance of locomotives\
  • Assisting with regular maintenance of other equipment
  • Painting
  • Offering tours of equipment or structures
  • Grounds and Building Maintenance
  • Assisting with the Museum Store
  • Computer work, displays, promotions, marketing, etc.
  • Answering patron questions
  • Assisting with Opening and Closing the Museum
  • Supervising Community Service Workers
  • Track inspection and repair
  • Historical Research
  • Work with the model trains (almost any scale is represented)
  • Just about anything else


For members who may not desire to actively contribute and participate as a permanent crewmember, but desire to operate our equipment on a one time basis, we offer a Train Crewmember For-A-Day Program.

For more information on the volunteer program, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.