As an all-volunteer, non-profit organization, the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society tackles new restoration projects each year as it works to preserve, maintain, and operate these lasting icons of American innovation.

General Membership


Sustaining Membership


Family Membership


Corporate Membership

Starting at $765.00

Our members support and take part in some of the most challenging railroad preservation in the Midwest, racking up thousands of hours each month preserving and making railroad history, and operating steam locomotive no. 765 through dozens of cities each year.

Our members come from all over the world and from nearly all 50 states and contribute a collective 15,000 hours annually to railroad preservation efforts. They range from 7 to 77 years old and our supporters are comprised of couples, families, retirees, railroad workers, and more.

Volunteer Hours

Member Training

Members Area



• Volunteer and participate in Society operations, excursions, and events
• Subscription to Short Lines, the official quarterly newsletter of the FWRHS
• Invitation to members only activities
• Support one of the largest and long-standing mainline steam locomotive operations in the country
• Access to our new and exclusive online members area
• Weekly updates from the shop and ongoing projects
• Archival materials including vintage railroad paper materials, manuals, documents, newsletters, and more
• First-run media, images, and photos before they’re made public
• On the road updates from the 765 and up-to-date excursion and operating information

Join or Renew Today


Memberships strengthen the backbone of the Society, and keep the lights on and the wheels rolling. They are crucial to the financial foundation of the organization and its ability to operate the 765. Annual memberships start as low as $30.00. You can sign up online or by downloading and mailing this form.

How Memberships Benefit Us

Have you ever wondered how memberships benefit non-profit preservation groups like ours? Annual memberships fund excursion start up costs, administrative expenses, marketing, and more. The image below demonstrates how important memberships are to the success of the Society.

Rail Preservation, It's a Business