North American Railcar Operators Association
How You Can Operate a Railcar
on NARCOA Excursions
 

The list below details the steps that you can follow to join NARCOA and to be ready to operate your rail vehicle on excursions sponsored by NARCOA affiliates. 

Joining NARCOA

You can instantly join NARCOA or renew membership on line or, if you prefer, you can complete a form and then print and mail it. The cost is $36 per year. 

To Join or Renew On Line

  • Click on the "Join NARCOA Online" box in the menu bar at the top of this page and select "Membership Application" or just Click HERE.
  • Follow the instructions on the page

To Join or Renew by Mail

  • Do not send an additional $5 for a rulebook. Do not send the NARCOA agreement.
  • Processing is usually completed within one month.
Once you have Joined:
  • You will receive a rule book and insurance information. There is no membership card issued.

  • The NARCOA magazine, The SETOFF, is published 6 times per year. You will start with the next issue. Thus you may wait up to 2 months before your first issue of The Setoff arrives.

  • If you indicate that your name and address can go into the NARCOA roster, it will be added. This roster is available upon request from members in electronic format. The link to request an email containg the roster is located on the "Members Only" area of the Narcoa web site.

  • You can add information about your rail vehicle into the roster or add your name, street address, phone and email address to the NARCOA members email listing by completing and mailing the NARCOA Roster Information Form

Getting an Operator Certification Card

  • To operate your car on a NARCOA excursion you must pass an operatorís test and receive a certification card. 

  • Learn the rule book that you received when you joined NARCOA.

  • Follow the process listed in the NARCOA Operator Certification Card document.

  • Processing is usually completed within 2 weeks.

Getting Liability Insurance

  • To operate your car on a NARCOA excursion you must buy NARCOA liability insurance. 

  • To get NARCOA liability insurance you must have a current operator certification card (see above)

  • Download an insurance application from the NARCOA Documents page

Getting Ready for an Excursion

  • To operate your car on an excursion sponsored by a NARCOA affiliate, you must have a current operator certification card and NARCOA liability insurance (see above).

  • Read the rule book. Your vehicle must meet the standards that are detailed in the rule book. Until it does, you will not be allowed to operate it on a NARCOA-sponsored excursion.

  • To operate your car on an excursion sponsored by a NARCOA affiliate, you must have a current operator certification card and NARCOA liability insurance (see above).

  • If you have questions, ask them on one of the online forums such as the NARCOA forum. Alternatively, call your NARCOA Area Director, who name is listed in the Setoff, or an officer of your local NARCOA Affiliate.

  • If you have never operated rail vehicles before, you need practice and mentoring before your first excursion. Many NARCOA affiliates offer some form of mentoring. Contact an officer of your local NARCOA Affiliate.

  • You will find excursions listed in The Setoff and on the NARCOA website. It is a requirement that all excursions sponsored by NARCOA affiliates be open to all members. There are no closed or private NARCOA sponsored excursion.

Updated 04/20/16

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