Volunteer at the National City Depot and become a part of transportation history. Help restore vintage trolleys. Explain the local history of trolleys to visitors, tourists, and students at the National City Depot. You will grow, learn, and make new friends as your personal contribution becomes a part of SDERA’s mission to restore and preserve the history of electric railways and trolleys in the San Diego region.
Who are SDERA Volunteers? Our volunteers are from all walks of life -- seniors, juniors and in between, students and former students, professionals, technicians, trades and crafts people, working people and retirees, willing to give a few hours a month to help bring history alive for visitors.
How can you help out? There are many possibilities for Volunteers to help. Whether you have craft, computer or technical skills, administrative or people skills, or want to learn, it is your contribution of your interest and your time that counts.
Restoration: Woodworking, Welding, Electrical, Track building and maintenance, Mechanical. Master craftsmen to learners willing to help are needed.
Docents, Guides, in Museum and Gift Shop: Explaining the museum exhibits to visitors, students, providing tours of the vintage trolleys outside, helping staff the Gift Shop.
Historical Research: A vast number of historical documents and photographs require cataloging and filing. Specialists and workers needed here.
When are volunteers needed? Work parties for restoring the vintage trolleys meet Tuesdays and Thursdays. Work sessions are scheduled based on availability of the volunteers. Docents and Guides are needed for the Museum and Gift shop from 9 am to 5pm Thursdays through Sundays.
If you can help in any of these areas, please contact Dave Slater ( ), Tom Matson , or Chris Higgins .
We are also looking for volunteers for the San Diego Vintage Trolley project. This effort to restore three PCC cars for use in the San Diego downtown area will require people with mechanical and electrical skills or those willing to learn. Please contact Dave Slater () for more details on the project or check out the San Diego Vintage Trolley pages.