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Trolley Operator and Museum Guide Training 2012


Did you know that the trolleys at the Shore Line Trolley Museum are run by an all-volunteer crew, and that there are over 70 volunteers of all ages, walks of life and places of residence? The Museum is actively seeking additional volunteers to operate the trolleys and present the story of the trolley to visitors. No prior experience is needed, as the museum's comprehensive training program, will teach you everything you need to know.

To sign up for the Museum Guide or Trolley Operator training course, please contact Nathan, our office manager, by phone (203-467-6927), fax (203-467-7635) or email
Office@ShoreLineTrolley.org.

Become a Trolley Operator!

The training course for new trolley operators will be held on the following Saturdays: February 25th, March 3rd, March 10th, March 17th, March 24th.

What?! You've never operated railway equipment before?! Don't worry. Your training crew comprises some of the most seasoned operators on our all-volunteer staff, and they are very patient and helpful too. Most of our volunteers started with no prior experience.

The class will cover the mechanics of the trolley car, operating technique, the Branford Electric Railway rules, characteristics of the cars and the line, our signal system, our operating policies, and a little bit of historical information. We'll also coach you on interacting with visitors.

The $50 training fee includes: training manuals, your official BERy. rulebook, your official engraved brass hat badge, your official Shore Line Trolley Museum nametag, and some additional materials. Upon completion of the first four weeks of training, you'll have the opportunity to take the written rules examination, and then the practical or ``road test.'' You'll then be a provisionally qualified motorman, pending successful apprenticeship during the season. Soon, you'll be at the controls of a genuine, antique trolley car, and you'll be operating it with skill and pride!

You must be at least 18, or turning 18 during the 2012 season, to take the class this year.

Become a Museum Guide!

Being a Museum Guide is a fun way to meet new people and provide an entertaining and educational experience for our visitors. Guides interact with visitors at the station building, on the trolleys, and in our display areas. They also give one or more special, guided tours of the collection and facilities at scheduled times during the day.

You don't need to know anything about trolleys beforehand to become a guide! Our two-week introductory course will get you up to speed quickly on the history of the trolley car, how it affected American society, and how it shaped our local community. You'll also learn the history and significance of many of the representative vehicles in our collection.

Do you have a fear of public speaking? Not to worry. Your coaches will show you the tips and tricks to making a comfortable, confident presentation. You'll learn how to gauge your audience and adjust your presentation to their needs. You'll also learn techniques for weaving isolated facts and figures together to form a cohesive, compelling story.

After your initial training, you'll be able to work alongside an experienced guide during the regular season, to gain additional experience and confidence, until you feel you are ready to work solo!

Absolutely no heavy lifting or heavy machinery is involved in being a museum guide! You will be given basic railway safety training, but you will not be required to learn how to operate the trolleys. Of course, you may take that class too, if you like.

The fee for the museum guide class is $20. This includes training handouts, engraved name badge, guidebook, and copies of all relevant museum documents.

The first Museum Guide class for 2012 will be held on Saturday May 12th and Saturday May 19 th. Each class will be from 9:30 AM until 4:30 PM, and will include plenty of coaching and practice.

To sign up for either or both courses, act now! Please contact Nathan, our office manager, by phone (203-467-6927), fax (203-467-7635) or email
Office@ShoreLineTrolley.org.


The Shore Line Trolley Museum
17 River Street
East Haven, CT 06512
(203) 467-6927

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