Local women volunteer as trainmen for the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
My Town NEO | By Laura Freeman, December 14, 2017
The whistle of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad has called to local women to volunteer as trainmen — that person in each car who helps you board, punches your ticket and explains the history and scenery of the area as the locomotive pulls the passenger cars from Akron to Rockside station or back.
To become a trainman, volunteers work 50 hours on the train with an experienced trainman. At 150 hours, a trainman receives a cap and at 250 volunteer hours, they receive a name plate from the National Park Service, a partner of CVSR, said Sherri Lemley, CVSR Manager-Volunteer Relations. Also when a volunteer reaches 100 hours, they receive 10 complimentary scenic tickets, she added. They can receive jackets after 300 and 500 hours and complimentary event tickets after 1,000 volunteer hours.
A trainman provides the uniform which consists of a black vest, coat, pants and shoes with a white shirt and black tie. Volunteers work as much or as little as they want.
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