Restoration Works International is pleased to be partnering with Colebrookdale Railroad for our first US-based project, launching this summer. This August 3-8, we’ll be taking our first volunteer trip to Boyertown, Pennsylvania, USA, about a 1 ½-hour drive from Philadelphia. Colebrookdale Railroad opened in 1859, connecting the country’s first iron-making sites. Now the cornerstone of an ambitious plan to increase visitors to the region, it operates as an 8.6-mile tourist line as expansion work continues. The railroad’s rehabilitation as a heritage tourist railroad plays a major role in the region’s community and economic development plan, bringing visitor dollars, creating jobs and helping local businesses grow, while preserving a unique and important part of the local culture.
The Colebrookdale Railroad offers one of the only US-based opportunities to join a railroad restoration program. Volunteers will participate in hands-on restoration tasks, including painting and wood staining (train wheels, lamp posts, train interiors), landscape work, washing train interiors and exteriors. No special skills required – just a willingness to get a little dirty and have a lot of fun. It’s open to all ages (children aged 10-years-old and above; children must travel with a parent/guardian, please).