Since 1992, the Adirondack Railway Preservation Society (Adirondack Scenic Railroad) has been operated and maintained by volunteers. Our volunteers are what make our excursions exceptional and our nonprofit organization a success. If you have an interest in historic railway preservation, community development, tourism or meeting new people- we have place for you here at the Adirondack Scenic. Our volunteers provide critical support for all aspects of our nonprofit organization and heritage railway. They range from 12 to 90 years of age and are comprised of individuals, couples, families, retirees, railroad workers and more. These volunteers contribute more than 15,000 volunteer hours annually, doing a variety of jobs, ranging from ticketing to car-hosting or by operating the fleet as part of our hours of service crew. Not only will you be helping by making a difference, but you will learn new skills while being on board with us. If you are interested in keeping this valuable piece of history alive please fill out the volunteer application form and broaden your skills here at the Adirondack Scenic Railroad.
Polar Express Casting Call
Adirondack Scenic Railroad Polar Express Casting Call
Location: Kids Oneida, 310 Main St. Utica, NY 13501
Auditions: Tuesday October 4, 2016 @5:00pm
Orientation Meeting: Tuesday November 1, 2016 @5:00pm
Expectation Meeting: Tuesday November 7, 2016 @5:00pm
Dress Rehearsal @ Union Station and Train: Tuesday November 15, 2016 @5:00pm
Event Opens: 11/ 18/2016- 12/18/16
Roles Available for the plot of Chris Van Allsburg, Polar Express.
- Conductor– Role is at Utica Union Station and will include photos with passengers and performing a theatrical skit where the Conductor invites the Hero Boy to ride the train, in the end taking passengers to the train.
- Hero Boy– Role is at Utica Union Station and the North Pole. Hero Boy accepts an invitation from the Conductor to travel to the North Pole. The Hero Boy will not ride the train, however will be transported to the North Pole by vehicle to perform a skit at the North Pole with Santa.
- Chefs– Role will be on the train and will include dancing, entertaining passengers and passing out cookies and hot chocolate to passengers.
- Elves– Role will be at Utica Union Station and will include performing a skit, games, singing and dancing. Then elves will be transported to the North Pole by vehicle to perform a skit with Santa and the Hero Boy.
- Hobo– Role will be on the train where the Hobo claims the train as his own. The Hobo is mysterious and strange leaving the passengers in wonder. Props will be provided as well as a theatrical dialogue.
- Santa- Role will include a ride on the train to the North Pole. Once the skit at the North Pole is completed then Santa will enter train coaches greeting each child with the first gift of Christmas, a silver bell.
- Mrs. Claus- Role is on the train in Cocoa Class. Mrs. C will turn pages of the story while the audio book is being played. She will also assist Santa with passing out the first gift of Christmas.
Bethan Maher, Executive Director 315-724-0700
Erin Crowe-Lewis, Station Manager 315-724-0700 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Brenda Brucker, Volunteer Coordinator 315-724-0700 or email@example.com
Café & Car Host
- A Trainman is considered part of the Hours of Service Crew. As such, he/she must annually pass the ASR rules test and examination.
- The Trainman is an extra set of eyes and ears for the Conductor and Engineer. As such, he/she must be aware of all conditions and activities on and around the train.
- The Trainman performs switching movements under guidelines or instructions of the Conductor and Engineer. This includes coupling/uncoupling cars, connecting brakes hoses and setting up head-end power cables.
- The Trainman sets or releases the handbrakes on cars.
- The Trainman performs both brake tests in conjunction with the Conductor and Engineer.
- On a back-up move, the Trainman is responsible for “guarding the point” (i.e., ensuring that track is and remains clear for the train’s movement).
- A Trainman watches crossings to be clear of traffic and looks for obstructions on the right of way and for potential hazards.
- A Trainman will assist the Conductor with passengers, baggage, bicycles, canoes, kayaks, etc. if requested by the Conductor.
- A Trainman is subject to random drug testing per FRA Regulations and NORAC Rules of Operation.
- The trainman performs the servicing of passenger cars (i.e., water, sewage, etc.) as well as the adjustment of all utilities (heating, lighting, etc.)
- Under the direction of the Engineer, the Trainman assists the Engineer in the servicing of locomotives (i.e., adding oil, water, etc.)
- Trainman must be physically capable of performing activities that require lifting of light to medium loads, climbing ladders, bending/squatting, pushing and pulling.
- All Conductors will be qualified as a Trainman prior to serving as Conductor in addition they must successfully pass NORAC and be qualified by the railroads designated individuals.
- The Conductor’s primary role is to be in charge of the train. As such, he/she is responsible for compliance with FRA regulations and NORAC Rules of Operation.
- The Conductor will communicate with and receive the proper forms from the dispatcher.
- The Conductor ensures that proper air brake tests and inspections are made.
- The Conductor ensures that Hours of Service regulations are observed.
- The Conductor coordinates switching moves with the Trainman and Engineer.
- The Conductor determines the loading and unloading points for passenger and directs passenger’s arrangements when and if required.
- The Conductor performs/directs the servicing of passenger cars (i.e., water, sewage, etc.) as well as the adjustment of all utilities (heating, lighting, etc.)
- The Conductor directs all in-route stops and starts by communicating with the Engineer.
- The Conductor serves as the on-board Safety Officer. As such, he/she must be aware of the location and condition of the First Aid Kits, Fire Extinguishers, and Emergency Phone Systems.
- In the event of an on-board injury or emergency, the Conductor makes decisions regarding first-aid, obtaining outside professional help, and reporting all incidents to the appropriate authorities.
- The Conductor supervises, directs and trains the Trainmen.
- The Conductor calls “All Aboard” at the start of each trip and announces station stops as appropriate (may also be assisted by Trainman).
- The Conductor directs the boarding and de-boarding of all cars. He/she also helps passengers board and de-board the train safely, and ensures that a crewmember is on duty at every open trap.
- The Conductor ensures that all Special Needs passengers are properly boarded/de-boarded and wheelchairs are positioned and tied down correctly.
- The Conductor provides a positive customer experience and ensures good customer relations by being patient, professional and pleasant at all times. He/she must also be knowledgeable about schedules, destinations, directions, descriptions, etc. and strive to ensure the comfort and safety of all passengers.
- The Conductor completes and submits all required reports following a scheduled run.
- The Conductor ensures that the train is locked and secured at the end of the day.
- The Conductor is subject to random drug testing per FRA Regulations, and is subject to vision and hearing testing.
- Conductors must be physically capable of performing activities that require lifting of light to medium loads, climbing ladders, bending/squatting, pushing and pulling.
- An Engineer is considered part of the Hours of Service Crew. As such, he/she must annually pass the ASR rules test and be trained and qualified by ASR Railroad Foreman.
- All Engineers must be licensed as a Conductor and Engineer prior to serving as Engineer.
- The Engineer has the primary safety control of the train, and runs the locomotive under the authority of the Conductor in accordance with all applicable rules. He/she is in charge of the locomotive and cab.
- The Engineer performs FRA required daily inspections of the locomotives.
- The Engineer checks oil and water levels on the locomotive(s) and reports irregularities as appropriate. He/she also adds fluids to the appropriate levels as needed.
- The Engineer sets and releases the hand brake on locomotives, and must always know the status of the locomotive’s brakes.
- The Engineer (in conjunction with the Trainman and Conductor) performs switching moves and conducts all brake tests.
- The Engineer must be knowledgeable regarding schedules, destinations, and descriptions of the trip area and be prepared to answer passenger questions.
- The Engineer is subject to random drug testing per FRA Regulations and NORAC rules of operation and is subject to vision and hearing testing.
- Volunteers involved in corridor maintenance must be trained on applicable rules and pass NORAC.
- Volunteers involved in corridor maintenance perform their tasks under the direction and authority of the Maintenance of Way Supervisor.
- Corridor maintenance perform tasks such as brush and tree cutting, track repair, culvert maintenance (i.e., removing obstructions) and tightening track joints.
- Where maintenance activities involve the use of machinery and equipment, volunteers must be trained prior to use.
- Individuals involved in track maintenance must be physically capable of performing activities that require lifting of light to medium loads, climbing ladders, bending/squatting, pushing and pulling.
- Metal fabrication, (i.e., cutting and forming)
- Prep-painting and Painting
- Electrical wiring and electrical system troubleshooting
- HVAC system maintenance, trouble shooting and repairs
- Plumbing system installation and repairs.
If you want to be a part of this organization and are not sure where you would be well suited please feel free to call Brenda Brucker – Volunteer Coordinator at 315-724-0700 ext. 111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and she can assist you.
Map of All Locations
Click on the map locations for more information about all of our stations!
Utica Union Station
321 Main Street Utica, NY 13501 1-800-819-2291
Thendara Station 2568 State Route 28 Thendara, NY 13472 1-800-819-2291
Lake Placid Station
Saranac Lake Union Depot
Saranac Lake Union Depot 42 Depot Street Suite #1 Saranac Lake, NY 12983 1-800-819-2291
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