You can be a Astoria Riverfront Trolley Conductor or Motorman.All volunteers learn the Conductor's duties. Those who wish to operate the Trolley undergo additional training and certification. Volunteers work one or more three-hour shift per month.
Call (503) 325-6311 to get your name on the list for the next training opportunity or leave message at (503) 325-8790.
Conductors are true ambassadors for the City of Astoria. Conductors get a chance to tell visitors Astorias history, what places to visit, where to eat and what things to do. Conductors get the rare opportunity to talk to people about what makes Astoria a great place to visit and live. Be an ambassador.
Dont be afraid to use the microphone and talk. Ham it up, be honest and have fun. Use the narration as a guide, and feel free to add stories, anecdotes or jokes of your own. If you are a Motorman and only want to operate Old 300 and never use the microphone, find a full-time Conductor to team up with. Passengers who ride Old 300 with someone who doesnt give the narration miss out on the best part of the ride.
Make sure you and your passengers have fun. If they enjoy the ride, maybe they will stay and visit other attractions like the Maritime Museum, Heritage Museum, Flavel House, the Astoria Column, Fort Clatsop or Fort Stevens. Encourage visitors to explore Astoria.
Conductors should make a sales pitch on every round trip, encouraging passengers to spend time and money shopping in the huge gift shops at each end of Old 300. All money raised through sales of goods on Old 300 goes toward the trolleys continued maintenance and restoration.