Become a Member


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

Temporary Changes effective August 17, 2020

Currently our regular Sunday schedule is temporarily suspended in favor of Special Event trains that will operate starting in September with limited capacity and with new protocols in place to comply with our local Alameda County Public Health guidelines. Member discounts and free rides are not available for these specials at this time.

Our Sunol Gift Shop is temporarily closed due to the pandemic. The Online Gift Store has a variety of categories, Special Sale items, books for kids and adults, caps, DVD’s, toys, magnets, ornaments and pins. Please review the online Store Policy and contact us if you are looking for a specific item.

Please bear with us as so many unknowns prevent us from planning any Members Only events and offering our Member’s Discount for special events at this time.


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.