MEMBERSHIP Membership in the Society is open to anyone interested in railroads or rail transit.
Members receive a copy of Wheel Clicks each month, as well as advance notice of meetings, excursions, and other special activities. Member discounts are offered on excursions. Of course, dues also contribute to the costs of maintaining our fleet of historic railroad equipment, and to our efforts at historic preservation.
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PRS has a fiscal year (and membership year) that starts on April 1st and ends on March 31. Those joining between February and March will have their membership applied to the next fiscal year. Those joining after November can take advantage of the Pro-Rated Membership. Lifetime members do not have to worry about when their membership renewal is due. Support Pacific Railroad Society by becoming a member today.
PRS General Donation
PRS National Forum Donation
We have a number of dedicated funds. Each year, at dues renewal time, we have reminded you of their existence in case you may be able, in addition to paying your dues, to make a donation for a specific purpose alone. Here are descriptions of the dedicated trust funds.
NATIONAL FORUM FUND - To help keep Pacific Railroad Society’s 1956 Pullman Sleeping car, the “National Forum” in operating condition and compatible with modern Amtrak trains. The National Forum Fund (formally the Amtrak Compatibility Fund) has provided money for the addition of head end power and a ”40 year inspection" for the National Forum.
PACIFIC RAILROAD MUSEUM - This fund is devoted to operating, improving, and expanding our museum. Currently, we operate a museum and library in the former Santa Fe depot buiiding in San Dimas. Contributions to the Museum fund have been used to paint the building, restore the ticket office, install a new tile roof, maintain the utilities and grounds, and more recently provided materials and modern technology to archive and catalog the ever-expanding collection including important historic photography collections.
CHARD WALKER MEMORIAL FUND - For the preservation of the Descanso - Formerly known as the Leroy "Doc" Donat Fund, the name has been changed to honor Chard Walker at the request of Doc Donat's family. The purpose of this fund is to preserve and to restore the Los Angeles Railway Funeral streetcar, Descanso. In the early 1990's, donations were used for a major cosmetic conversion of the car from its one-time use as a clubhouse at Summit back to its 1909 funeral car configuration. Future uses of the fund may include purchase of traction motors and mechanical repair for powered operation. The Descanso is currently on display at the Orange Empire Railway Museum.
GENERAL FUND - Donations to the General fund are absolutely necessary to keep the society solvent as our present dues would not be sufficient to cover all of the rising costs of continuing our programs and projects in today's world. This is the basic operating fund for the organization. Except for the specific trust funds listed above, all functions are financed from the General Fund. This includes publication of Wheel Clicks, excursions, special events, rent for meeting locations, insurance, postage, and dozens of miscellaneous other functions. Donations to the General Fund have enabled PRS to accomplish much more than what simple reliance on membership dues would have allowed.
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Pacific Railroad Society, Inc.
210 W. Bonita Ave.
San Dimas, CA 91773
Phone: (909) 394-0616