The Riverfront Trolley Association's historic trolley, Old 300 is coming off its best year ever with nearly 60,000 passengers riding it. As the summer season heats up, the organization is looking for more volunteers to help operate Old 300.

Want to ring the bell, wave at kids, impress your friends and family and have a great time? Become a conductor or motorman on Old 300.

Conductors are the folks that provide the narration as the trolley rolls on the tracks along the waterfront. Motormen have been trained as conductors and have had additional training driving and operating the trolley.

Conductors and motormen sign up for three-hour shifts of their own choosing and work as often as they like. Most people work about three or four shifts a month. Conductors and motormen aren't paid, but are rewarded with the smiles of their passengers and the waves of people walking along the tracks.

The Trolley Association is holding the first training classes of the year for conductors this month. The first class will be held 9 a.m. Saturday. A second class will be held at 6 p.m. May 18. The classes last about three hours. Conductor candidates only need to attend one class.

To become a motorman, candidates must attend a conductor training class and a motorman class. Motorman class dates will be announced.

Class size is limited. Call the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce at 325-6311 to reserve a space.

For more information, contact Jeff Newenhof at 325-4511, 325-2652 or (


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