TrainWeb has a lot of information, photographs and links of interest to
the rail community that have not yet been posted online. We need volunteers
to help sort, process and post this information to TrainWeb.
Some of the volunteer tasks can be done by people at their own homes.
Other volunteer tasks require people that can come into our office for
a few hours each week. Our office is located upstairs in the Fullerton
Amtrak Station (with windows that overlook the station platforms and
Most of our volunteer positions require that you have a computer and
can put HTML code into documents. If you don't know HTML coding, you
can pick up a book on how to do it at almost any bookstore or computer
store. We use the most simple of HTML coding at TrainWeb, just enough
to create headings, paragraphs, lists and links. From an HTML book,
that would take a day to learn at most. You won't need to use any of
the advanced HTML commands and do not need to learn any more than
just the information in the first few chapters of an HTML book. We
will also provide you with free FTP software and a free web account
at trainweb so that you can upload your work to TrainWeb, and even
download, modify and re-upload information you have previously posted.
Below you will find two lists of available volunteer assignments. One
is of tasks that can be done at your home and the other is of assignments
that need to be done at our office. If you would like to volunteer for
any of these positions, send e-mail to me at:
If you would like to volunteer, but are not interested in any of the
assignments listed below, still send me e-mail. I'll let you know as
other needs arise and you can review each one to see if you are
interested. Let me know if you are interested in working from home
or at our office.
Note: These are UNPAID volunteer positions. The tasks involve
helping TrainWeb provide information of value to the rail hobby and
travel community and will not involve any work on our commercial
pursuits. Although the positions are unpaid, TrainWeb can provide
volunteers with free web accounts on our server that may be used for
almost any legal non-commercial purpose.
Here is a list of the current volunteer assignments available
that can be done from your home (or from our office):
- A volunteer is needed to look through all of my travelogues,
especially for the last year, and look for the radio frequencies
used along the segments of each Amtrak route. At some point I
started keeping track of the radio frequencies used by Amtrak
along each segment of each route. I would like to post a summary
of these frequencies for each segment of every route. This volunteer
would have to look through each of my travelogues, extract the radio
frequency information, and then create HTML pages with a summary of
this information for each route.
- We have a LOT of Amtrak related information that needs to be
typed or scanned. A basic knowledge of HTML is needed to code for
paragraphs, titles and lists. So far, we have not used a document
scanner on any of this material but have just been typing it in.
Since scanned documents need to be corrected and then coded for HTML,
I'm not sure it wouldn't be faster just to type them in than to scan
them. The information to be typed is very useful to Amtrak travelers
and is not copyright material. These materials include the very
detailed Amtrak Route Guides. Thus, one of the tasks that we need done
that can keep a lot of volunteers busy is a lot of typing (plus
inserting HTML coding into those documents)!
- TrainWeb receives a few travelogues each month from readers.
I like to post these travelogues at TrainWeb. You will find
them under "http://trainweb.com/travelogues". To do this task, you
need to have some basic HTML skills. The travelgoues usually need
to have HTML code added to them and sometimes need to have the
paragraphs aligned left. If you accept this task, I'll forward the
travelogues to you which usually arrive via e-mail. You will then
save the e-mail to your local disk, put in the HTML code, and then
upload it into a special web account that I will set up for you at
- A few requests are sent to me each week inquiring about rail
travel information. People want to know how to get from one city
to another city by Amtrak. I try to respond in a timely manner to
these requests, but this is not always possible. One or more
volunteers are needed to be the "front line" to handle these requests.
As a start, you will neet the "Amtrak National Timetable", the
"Amtrak Northeast Timetable" and the "Amtrak Travel Planner." You can
either pick these up from your local Amtrak station, call 1-800-USA-RAIL
and have them send them to you, or I can send a set of them to you.
Before you answer anyones request for information, you should visit the
"http://trainweb.com/routes" page and read everything that is posted
about the routes that they will traverse. This is where you will pick up
unique insights about the routes and trains to pass on to the traveler.
Without that additional information unique to TrainWeb, they could
probably get all the help they need by just calling 1-800-USA-RAIL.
You can even give them a really close ballpark figure about what their
trip will cost and even check the availability of reservations by
using "http://reservations.amtrak.com". If the person is ready to make
their reservation, you could even pass them over to one of the Travel
Agencies that we work with that has an expertise in Amtrak travel.
No promises, but there is even the possibility that we might be able
to arrange some small "finder's fee" for those that book travel through
them. The reason we can't pass these rail travel requests directly to
the travel agencies themselves is because of the number of people that
like to do "armchair rail travel," but never make an actual reservation.
Since travel agencies earn their income from bookings, they are a bit
fearful they might spend a lot of their time doing research without
earning any income for their effort. If you are doing this research
just for fun, to learn more about Amtrak travel yourself and to be
helpful to the visitors to TrainWeb, then you don't need to worry about
whether these people actually ever do make a reservation.
- There are many rail events throughout the year. I'd like to post
as comprehensive a list of these events at TrainWeb as possible. Thus,
TrainWeb needs a volunteer to find and post these events. HTML coding
experience would be very helpful or willingness to learn some basic
HTML. I will forward magazines to you that list upcoming rail events
or might even enter subscriptions to such publications in your name to
be delivered to your home address. You will need to enter the events
into a special web account that will be created for you at TrainWeb.
Also, readers often submit notice of rail events. Those email messages
will be forwarded to you.
- (This position has been filled):
New and updated web addresses of other railroad related web sites
are submitted to TrainWeb daily. We need someone to check, sort and
post these links to TrainWeb. A basic knowledge of HTML or web page
design would be helpful, but is not mandatory.
Here is a list of the current volunteer assignments available
that need to be done from our office in Fullerton, California:
- We have well over 3,000 photographs in the TrainWeb database.
We are months behind posting these photographs to the web. We need
someone to come into our office to prepare and post these photographs.
Preparation involves using PhotoWorksPlus to convert the photos to a
100% JPG file, a 50% JPG file, and a 10% JPG thumbnail file. An HTML
file then needs to be made that integrates the photos with text labels
that describe each photo. Experience with creating HTML web pages
would be very helpful, but expert knowledge of HTML is not necessary.
(It is possible to do this from home, but you would initially have
to come to our office for us to explain how to do this task).
If you are interested in any of the above volunteer positions, please
send e-mail to me at:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to
specify which position you are interested in. I'll be looking forward
to your e-mail!
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