North Shore Scenic Railroad Resuming Volunteer Training
DULUTH, Minn. – After seeing record attendance in 2021, the North Shore Scenic Railroad is hoping to see this trend continue in 2022.
They are in need of volunteers to help run their various excursions, and they are offering free training starting next month for those interested. Unlike in years past, there will be no waiting for new trainees to get on board when the season begins in May.
“Right now, because of the last two years not training anybody new, you know, you have some attrition, some people move on, leave the area, something like that,” says Executive Director Ken Buehler. “We have so many openings right now that once you take this training, you are guaranteed of being out on the trains this summer.”
Buehler adds the training volunteers will receive is similar to what those who want to work on any railroad line get. “At the completion of this training, graduates will be full-fledged railroad conductors. Which means they can work on the North Shore Scenic Railroad, or they can go to Canadian National, Canadian Pacific, Union Pacific, Burlington Northern and Santa Fe; it’s the same kind of training that the professional railroader get that we train our volunteers to get. You are fully qualified at the end of this course to become a conductor or fireman.
Those interested will need to attend all six classes in February and March to meet federal standards. It will also include on-site training both in a controlled environment and on the various excursions during the 2022 season.