Amherst Support for RailCampers
Each year, the National Railroad Historical Society (NRHS) offers high school students a unique opportunity to learn about railroad history, preservation, maintenance, and operations. Known as RailCamp, the unique program gives students valuable insights and hands-on experience with many different facets of railroading. Two camps are held, one in Newark, Delaware, at the University of Delaware, and the other in Tacoma, Washington. Students will learn how diesel, electric, and steam locomotives function, how track is built and maintained, and how early freight and passenger cars were constructed. RailCampers participate in real railroad operations, interact with railroaders, learn about preservation techniques, experience railroad history, learn about railroad career opportunities, and work with actual railroad equipment. The program is open to high school students (boys and girls) who are currently freshmen, sophomores, juniors, or seniors. All interested in attending RailCamp must complete an application provided by the NRHS and be accepted into the program. The Amherst Railway Society (ARS) offers financial support to ARS student members attending RailCamp. To apply for financial support, please complete the ARS request form and return to Joe Biagioni at: Biagioni@charter.net before January 31, 2020.