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You may purchase or renew a membership by completing our online application and paying with a credit card.

Membership Application & Payment Portal

You may purchase a membership by downloading the Membership Application (PDF), filling it out, and mailing it with your payment to:

Southern California Railway Museum
Attn: Membership
PO Box 548
Perris CA 92572-0548

You may also purchase a membership in person at the Museum or charge your membership to a credit card by calling the Museum at (951) 943-3020.

If you have questions, please call the Museum at (951) 943-3020 or e‑mail

Operations Training
Download "Welcome to Volunteering" PDF

Join us in supporting our mission as we restore, preserve and share Southern California’s rail transportation history. When you are a member of the West’s largest railway museum you can enjoy the following benefits:

  1. Unlimited train and trolley rides on regular operating weekends/holidays
  2. Free or discounted admission to events (may exclude some third party events)
  3. Free docent tours
  4. 10% discount at the Museum Store
  5. Receive training on how to operate Southern California Railway Museum’s historic trains and trolleys—become a volunteer to provide rides to the public!
  6. Become a volunteer and help restore/maintain SCRM’s collections and facility, as well as assist with signature events
  7. Receive Museum’s quarterly Gazette Magazine which describes events, plans, operations, preservation activities, and the colorful history of our collection
  8. Receive member-only Monthly Happenings email which provides updates on events and other activities
  9. Receive member-only Whistle Stop emails with important updates and information as they arise
  10. Vote in yearly Board of Directors election and run for the Board of Directors (excludes special memberships)

Regular Memberships

Individual Member
$40 per year
Individuals 18 years or older, includes all benefits listed above.
Family Membership
$60 per year
Includes individual membership benefits for two adults and children under 18 who live in the same household and visit the Museum with one of the two family adult members. (Only the primary member can vote in yearly Director elections and be eligible for Board of Director Nomination)
Sustaining Member
$100 per year
All benefits above for an individual or family. Includes five (5) single-use weekend train and trolley ride passes for friends.
Benefactor Member
$250 per year
All benefits above for an individual or family. Includes ten (10) single-use weekend train and trolley ride passes for friends, and invitations to special Benefactor events.
Life Member
$800 one time payment
Individuals 18 years and older. Includes Individual Member benefits for life.

Special Memberships

Corporate Member
$500+ per year
Includes the Gazette and members-only events plus ten full-year Museum passes, and 10 One-time limited Museum passes to give to clients, employees, or friends. (Voting and Director nomination not included in corporate memberships)


Volunteer members are essential to the Museum’s success. They operate our trains and trolleys, do much of our collection restoration and maintenance, and maintain and improve our grounds and buildings.

You may have skills, knowledge, and experience that we can use. You could learn something new—our volunteers love to explain what they’re doing. Some people come out frequently, others only as their schedule permits. Everything helps, no matter how small.

Please note: Volunteers must be Museum Members for insurance purposes. Learn more about JOINING the Museum as a Member.

To learn more, visit the links below or contact us at (951) 943-3020 or by e mail at

RV Volunteer Friends

On April 21 a group of 34 volunteers arrived on the grounds of SCRM with their RV’s with a plan to help complete an extensive list of projects. The RV Volunteer Friends (RVVF) was founded on December 30, 2022 by Jeff and Susan Spencer. The RVVF group consists of people they met and worked with during previous RV volunteer projects. Most of the RV Volunteer members travel across state and even the country to join the team on a project.  They have completed eight projects and have six more planned in 2024. Museum member and volunteer John Cole had worked with RVVF at the Pioneer Museum in Minden, NE last year and convinced them that a trip to So Cal in the spring would be a great idea.

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Restoration Projects

The Museum has many important restoration projects underway! Each project has been made possible by the generous support of friends and members. Your financial support is leveraged by Museum volunteers who put thousands of hours into each project. We also use contractors to assist when special skills or equipment is needed, greatly speeding up the time restoration. Restoration work is assisted by our extensive photographs, documents and technical information library.

Each restoration project has many participation opportunities! Whether you are able to provide financial support, material donations, or hands-on help, you are welcome to join us. Membership is required for hands-on assistance. You must be 18 to participate.


The Museum hosts several fund-raising events during the year, such as our Day Out With Thomas the Tank Engine. These events depend on volunteers for their successor . We need greeters, ticket sellers, car hosts, gift shop staff, cleaners, and many others. You can work part of a day or all day as your schedule (and energy) permits.

Call the Museum at (951) 943-3020, e‑mail, or check our Volunteer Application Form for more information.

Prefer to print the form? PDF Version


Our trains and trolleys depend on trained volunteers who know how to correctly and safely operate them. Being an operator, conductor,  or car attendant is a popular activity at the Museum. You’re welcome to join us. We offer classroom and on-the-job training for these jobs, and we give qualification tests—safety is very important to us.

Call the Museum at (951) 943-3020, e‑mail, or check our Volunteer Application Form for more information.

Prefer to print the form? PDF Version

Facility Maintenance

The Museum’s 100-acre grounds include dozens of buildings, many roads, and an extensive utility infrastructure. Think about your home; it needs regular maintenance, from cleaning and landscaping to painting and repair. We’re no different except that the scale is much larger. Many of our volunteers don’t operate trains or maintain rail equipment, they help keep up our facility. They bring a variety of skills and experience—carpentry, electrical, plumbing, painting, landscaping, and much more. You can join us, regardless of your abilities; we can train you. Our volunteers like to explain what they do and how it’s done.

Call the Museum at (951) 943-3020, e‑mail, or check our Volunteer Application Form for more information.

Prefer to print the form? PDF Version