Where else but at RailCamp can high school students replace a knuckle on a tank car, learn how to inspect a working steam locomotive in a real roundhouse, learn about state-of-the-art modern day railroad or take a course in railroad operations and dispatching? Every year, the NRHS sends lucky high school students to spend 5 days learning hands-on rail preservation techniques, study railroad history, and even learn about current career opportunities in the railroad industry.
The NRHS offers two RailCamp programs; one at Wilmington, Delaware and a second in Tacoma, Washington. The program is open to high school boys and girls who are currently, Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, or Seniors (class of 2014). Individuals who enter the Freshmen year in 2014 will also be eligible to participate.
At RailCamp Wilmington, students are housed in the University of Delaware dorms. Activities center around the Strasburg Rail Road, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania and Amtrak facilities in Delaware.
At RailCamp Northwest, students are housed in University of Puget Sound dorms in Tacoma, Washington. During RailCamp students will be presented with a variety of railroading experiences including station operations, observing heavy maintenance on the high-speed Talgo trains, conducting an annual inspection on an in-service Amtrak locomotive and much more.
Applying to RailCamp
2014 RailCamp sessions are now open for enrollment. Detailed program information and an application can be downloaded here as a PDF document (updated August 12, 2013).
RailCamp, East (Wilmington, DE): July 6, 2014 - July 11, 2014
RailCamp, Northwest (Tacoma, WA): July 27, 2104 - August 2, 2014