It’s nearly here! Safety Training Weekend is going to be here before we know it. May 4,5, and 6 with all weekend activities beginning at 8:00 AM.
So, the first question that always comes up is, “Do I have to be here?” If you want to be operating crew, Yes. Also, even if you aren’t operating crew doesn’t hurt to come, as you will get to know the rest of the volunteer family. Second, “Do I have to be there all three days?” We would like you to, but it is not necessary. The schedule this year is as follows:
Friday May 5th: Work day. If you can make it we would love to have you here. Many hands make for light work, and we have a lot of jobs that need the doing around the yard. From weed removal to painting, helping prep the cars, etc.
Saturday May 6th starting at 8:00 AM: Training day, this is required. We will have food for everyone, as well as hopefully good weather. The training will start first thing in the morning and go till dinnertime. Be rested and ready to learn.
Sunday May 7th Starting at 8:00 AM: This will be further hands-on training as well as a work day for those who choose to stay by. The more work we can get done to spruce up, repair and get ready for the season, the less work we will have when the season begins.
Before you come to Safety Training Weekend, we have a few things you can do ahead of time to make your time and ours more productive.
First: Take a few evenings and (re)familiarize yourself with the SVRR Rulebook. Take special note of the Code of Conduct section, as well as signals and basic operation rules. If you don’t have one, it is available via our homepage in the Volunteer section.
Second: If you have other things you want to help out with like painting and prepping, set aside the clothing and tools you will need to do this. We will provide as much as we can, but all of us have our favorite paintbrush or other basic tools, if you bring them PLEASE put your name on them so if they are misplaced they will find their way home again.
Third: Talk to your friends! If you have some friends or neighbors who would like to find out what you are disappearing on weekends to far off places to do, invite them to come.
Fourth: Have a complete list of what your current certifications are. If you have your documentation with signatures, bring that as well.
Fifth: Make sure you have a valid driver’s license. As we will need to make a copy of it for our records. Please be assured all private information will remain that way. Remember, if we don’t have a copy of your driver’s license, and you don’t have a valid ID card and current certification card, which we will be making for you on the Saturday, you are not allowed to run trains.
Sixth: Go to the VOLUNTEER section of the SVRR website and review any other documentation you have not read in the last year that is applicable to you.
Last: If you have a spouse or significant other who may not want to run trains, but likes working with people, we are looking for members to help out with depot duty this year. It is a great job that allows you to meet lots of people, and charm them into becoming volunteers as well as riders. The only requirements are a willing spirit and a warm smile. We will provide the necessary training.
In summary, here is the checklist:
When: May 4,5,6 starting at 8:00 am on the 5th and 6th.
Where: Sumpter Valley Railroad restoration shop, near the backshop.
What Do I Need to Bring: A readiness to learn, Your certifications and documentation, Your driver’s license, A friend or other family member who may like working on other parts of the railroad.
If you have any questions about the weekend please contact our Trainmaster at firstname.lastname@example.org and one of the coordinators for the weekend will get back to you with an answer.