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Program: RailCamp

The NRHS’s annual RailCamp program offers a unique opportunity to high school students providing hands-on training in one of America’s oldest and most important industries. During the one-week program campers will learn about railroad history, preservation, maintenance, operations and experience firsthand how to couple rail cars together, to inspect equipment and help to maintain steam and diesel locomotives.

About RailCamp

RailCamp is an educational experience for high school students who have an interest in railroads and railroading. The program is designed to teach students about 21st century railroad operations, dispatching, and maintenance while providing a simultaneous experience in the early history of U.S. railroads in the development and settlement of our country. Students will learn both modern and historic elements of America’s most vital transportation mode, including how diesel, electric, and steam locomotives function, how track is built and maintained and how early freight and passenger cars were constructed.

With a focus on the ways in which revolutionary technical changes in modern railroading affect today’s business, students will attend a week-long camp where they will participate in railroad operations, interact with railroaders, learn about preservation techniques, experience railroad history, career opportunities, and work with real railroad equipment. Camp opportunities are offered in both Newark, DE and Tacoma, WA during the summer months.

Applying to RailCamp

The program is open to high school boys and girls who are currently freshmen, sophomores, juniors, or seniors (class of 2020). Individuals who enter their freshman year in 2020 will also be eligible to participate.

The cost for attending either camp location is $1,390 per camper, including a non-refundable $50 fee when an application is submitted. Transportation arrangements and expenses are the responsibility of the camper. Scholarships are available, but do not cover transportation. Applicants do not have to be NRHS members to attend.

Applications for the 2020 RailCamp will be posted early next year.