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All Aboard for a Unique Volunteer Opportunity!

The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park will be beginning its second year of the Trails & Rails program onboard Amtrak’s Capitol Limited between Cumberland, Maryland, and Washington, DC, in May, 2012.  A new addition to the National Park Service Trails & Rails Program, this route runs through the Potomac River valley parallel to the historic C & O Canal and through the town of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. 

Volunteers will work in teams of two, boarding the train in Cumberland in the morning around 9 a.m. and returning there about 7:30 p.m. at night. While on the train, volunteers will provide narration and information to passengers about the history of the canal, the railroad, the Civil War, nearby towns, and natural features along the route.  Training will be provided by Trails & Rails, NPS, and Amtrak staff in March, 2012. 

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity or would like to sign up as a volunteer, please contact Park Ranger Rita Knox at the Cumberland Visitor Center by calling 301-722-8226, or via e-mail at rita_knox@nps.gov.