‘Volunteers are the core’: Help needed as RRM is full steam ahead

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — The wheels are in motion for the opening of the Wichita Falls Railroad Museum. However, the museum needs volunteers to help in various ways, from groundskeepers and cleaners to historians and actors.

"Volunteers are the core of how we will operate at the railroad museum. So, we are reaching out now to build our volunteer base," said program director, Jan Saville. "They are critical. They are going to handle every aspect of how we operate, at least in its infancy."

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Saville added that the museum will need volunteers to perform and design sets and sounds for historical reenactments.

After closing down during COVID-19, these trains have been idle for four years, collecting that Texas dust. They are asking for help on Saturdays, but even if you can't offer physical labor, monetary and cleaning supply donations are also needed to help this museum navigate toward success.

According to Saville, the museum hopes to pique visitor interest by adding new exhibits, reenactments, and guest speakers, giving residents a reason to visit the Railroad Museum more than once.

"In the past, once you toured the cars, you might not need to come back again because there wasn't a need. You didn't need to see them twice," she explained. "We hope to change that by offering exhibits and guest speaker tours and educational opportunities."

By volunteering, community members not only support the museum's re-opening efforts but also become part of a legacy that celebrates Wichita Falls' rich history.

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