Become a Member


  • Ride any regularly scheduled weekend train for free*.
    (Special events and special trains are not included.)
  • Get members-only discounts on items in our Sunol Gift Shop.
  • Be invited to and attend special members-only events
  • Receive our monthly newsletter “The Club Car ” to learn about special events, group updates, and museum projects.

*For those members wishing to ride a specific weekend train ride, please email our Station Agent ( with your name along with when date and time you wish to ride so you can be added to the manifest. Please try to do this at least 1 day prior to departure. We may not be able to accommodate all requests if a particular ride is sold out.

Our Sunol Gift Shop is now open during our weekend special operations if you are looking for some new NCRy gear, books, and more and want to exercise your member discount while helping support us.


You will enjoy working with a great group of people and experience the behind the scenes activities of a working railroad. We offer a rare opportunity to learn how to work on our railroad and also become a member of our train crew.

Our all-volunteer organization encourages individuals to share their time and expertise on all levels.

Please see our Volunteer page for more information.


The basic price of membership in the PLA is $48.00 per year.  Family memberships are also available, where more than one member resides at the same address.  The primary member pays the same basic rate. 

Additional adult members of the family pay one half the basic rate, or $24.  Additional members under the age of 18 pay one quarter the basic rate, or $12.

Non-Descrimination Policy

Policy BOD-9.0
Non-Discrimination Policy
The PLA and its Niles Canyon Railway does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of members, volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for board members, members, association department managers, contractors, PLA/NCRy contractors, vendors, passengers and visitors.