Model Railroad Museum of Hampton Roads: Volunteer Program

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The Model Railroad Museum of Hampton Roads (MRMHR) is a non-profit organization made up of volunteers who are dedicated to providing service to the community without salary or compensation. There are many benefits to becoming an MRMHR Volunteer...

Benefits of Becoming an MRMHR Volunteer

  • An easy way to become involved in the hobby of model railroading without having to spend the money or the time to create your own layout at home.
  • Achieve a sense of accomplishment by helping to build something you can be proud of and by providing a service to the community.
  • Fellowship and camaraderie with other like-minded model railroad museum volunteers
  • Learn more about the hobby of model railroading.
  • Something interesting to do that would benefit others.
  • Get free passes for you and your immediate family to visit the Museum and take part in the activities. (10 hours of volunteering = one free pass for you and your immediate family.)

What Types of Volunteers are Required?

We need volunteers of all kinds including those with the following skills:

  • Building maintenance and repair
  • Carpentry
  • Electrical
  • Electronics, wifi, sound, lighting, Arduino, JMRI, computer technology
  • Landscape painting for backdrops
  • Engineering - civil, mechanical, electrical
  • General cleanup
  • Teachers of railroad history, engineering concepts, artistry, crafts, layout design, railroad track-work, building mountains and rivers, buildings, 3D printing, laser cutting and etching, etc.
  • Librarians to help manage the Library containing books, DVDs, and videos
  • Customer Service
  • Lots of helpers

How to Become a Model Railroad Museum Volunteer for MRMHR

Just fill out the form below and you're all set! We'll call you as soon as we need you.

Thank you for your willingness to contribute your time and energy to this very worthy cause.

Volunteer Form

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The Model Railroad Museum of Hampton Roads will be a fantastic community center based on running, operating and even building your own model railroads! There's something for every age here.

Learn about the real history of this area and how important it was in the building of America. Watch how railroads were built, the people involved, where America's roots were formed. 

As they build their own railroads, students will be learning about science, electronics,  architecture, technology, engineering, mathematics, and the art of 3 dimensional model landscaping. They can earn rewards for completing projects and winning contests.

Try to solve yardmaster problems on a switching layout like getting the lumber from the forest to the furniture store, by way of the saw mill and the lumber yard.

Run your train around blockades and other trains to get to the station on time without speeding or crashing.

Play railroad monopoly using model railroads. Winner is the one who can collect the most cars into his yard within an hour.

There will be programs for autistic and special needs kids, disabled adults and veterans.

School tours. Holiday Shows. Library and video rooms. Scouts are welcome. Even youngsters will have their own wooden models to enjoy. Classrooms and hands-on clinics for adults. Learn how to get started in the hobby. Or just enjoy the fun.

Everybody loves trains and this will prove it!  Just click on the either the blue or the yellow DONATE button below to make it happen... 

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