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. Our members come from all over the world and from nearly all 50 states and contribute a collective 10,000 hours annually to railroad preservation efforts.

Annual memberships start as low as $30.00. You can sign up online or download this form and mail it in today.

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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. Memberships come in three convenient types allowing you to support the railroad society at a level of your choosing.

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 range from all ages and are comprised of couples, families, retirees, railroad workers, and more.


  • Invitation to members only activities
  • Discounts and presales where applicable
  • Volunteer and participate in Society operations, excursions, and events
  • Subscription to Short Lines, our quarterly newsletter
  • Access to our new and exclusive online members area
  • Archival materials including vintage railroad paper materials, manuals, documents, newsletters, and more
  • First-run media, images, and photos before they’re made public
  • Volunteer and participate in Society operations, excursions, and events

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