Friends volunteers restore a boxcar, 2003. Photo by Tom Cardin.
The most important function of the Friends of the C&TS involves the volunteer work done each season on the structures and rolling stock owned by the railroad. Maintenance of a railroad such as this is a full time job, to say the least and the operator of the C&TS, has its hands full just keeping the equipment needed for its passenger operations in good condition. As a result, some of the historic structures and freight equipment, not needed for daily operation of the line, do not get as much attention as they require. The Friends help fill this gap by providing volunteer labor to keep these historic items in good repair, thus enhancing the experience for all visitors of the railroad. Also, since we’re a non-profit organization, expenses for registration, travel, food and lodging are tax deductible contributions to the Friends.

The organization and planning of our work sessions is a complex and time consuming process and has been described in an article, "Volunteering on a Grande Scale," reprinted from the Spring 1999 Railway Museum Quarterly, the official publication of the Association of Railway Museums.


2009 WORK SESSION SCHEDULE

The 2009 work session registration materials will be available for downloading in the spring of 2009.

May 18-22 Work Session A
May 25-29 Work Session B
June 15-19 Work Session C
June 22-26 Work Session D
August 3-7 Work Session E
August 10-14 Work Session F

2008 WORK SESSION PHOTOS

May 12-15 Work Session A (click for images)
May 19-23 Work Session B (click for images)
June 16-20 Work Session C (click for images)
June 23-27 Work Session D (click for images)
August 4-8 Work Session E (click for images)
August 11-15 Work Session F (click for images)
August 18-22 Work Session S2

2007 WORK SESSION PHOTOS

May 7-11 Work Session S (click for images)
May 14-18 Work Session A (click for images)
May 21-25 Work Session B (click for images)
June 18-22 Work Session C (click for images)
June 25-29 Work Session D (click for images)
August 6-10 Work Session E (click for images)
August 13-17 Work Session F (click for images)

2006 WORK SESSION PHOTOS

May 8-12 Work Session S (click for images)
May 15-19 Work Session A (click for images)
May 22-26 Work Session B
June 12-16 Work Session C (click for images)
June 19-23 Work Session D (click for images)
August 7-11 Work Session E (click for images)
August 14-18 Work Session F (click for images)

2005 WORK SESSION PHOTOS

May 9-13 Work Session A (click for images)
May 16-20 Work Session B (click for images)
June 13-17 Work Session C (click for images)
June 20-24 Work Session D (click for images)
August 1-5 Work Session E (click for images)
August 8-12 Work Session F (click for images)

2004 WORK SESSION PHOTOS

May 10-14 Work Session A (click for images)
May 17-21 Work Session B (click for images)
June 14-18 Work Session C (click for images)
June 21-25 Work Session D (click for images)
August 2-6 Work Session E (click for images)
August 9-13 Work Session F (click for images)