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Railways played a key role in the development of communities across the United States and Canada and throughout the world. Railway museums and tourist railroads interpret this exciting and pivotal history, and provide an opportunity for the public to experience rail travel as it once was. 

We invite you to explore our website and learn about the history of railways by seeing trains and trolleys restored to their original appearance and the infrastructure that was vital to the success of the railroads and street car operations. Learn what it was like to sleep on a Pullman car and eat breakfast in the dining car. See how important the mail car was to the distribution of mail across the continent. Take a scenic ride on an old narrow gauge railroad or an urban ride on a restored trolley.

The Association of Tourist Railroads and Railway Museums (ATRRM) fosters the development and operation of these unique preservation efforts through education, research, and the free exchange of information among members.  Railway museums and tourist railroads are invited to join ATRRM, a dynamic organization dedicated to the success of its members, the protection of railway preservation efforts, and the enjoyment and education of the public

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TRRM Online:

TRRM Online, ATRRM's open access digital magazine, is now LIVE and ready for postings and comments!  To share a story or restoration project, e-mail Aaron Isaacs, Editor, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  ATRRM welcomes member and non-member contributions (but you must be an ATRRM member to submit comments to postings).  To view TRRM Online, click on "TRRM Online" in the menu box above. 


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Recommended Practices

Recommended Practices for Railway Museums, as adopted by the Association of Railway Museums in 1997, is a great resource for Railway Museums.  ATRRM is pleased to make this collection of practices available to everyone. 

Click here to open the pdf file:  Recommended Practices for Railway Museums   

An updated edition of Recommended Practices for Railway Museums will be available in the Fall of 2016.  The new edition will cover many topics that were not issues some 25 years ago, including the Internet, social media and child labor.


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FRA has published its long awaited final rule on grade crossing inventory requirements.  The link below takes you to a Regulatory Action Summary describing the rule, with links to the rule text/preamble, draft reporting form and reporting guide.  The rule is technically effective on March 9 of this year, but the compliance deadline isn't until next year (March 7, 2016).   RAS:  Grade CrossingMembers can find more regulatory information under the Resources tab.



Click HERE for a copy of the response



From the bookshelf of the Town House Restoration Shop, Street Railway Journals and documentation among museums prove to be the best resources when trying to understand construction techniques and inisight on how to
perform a restoration.  Click HERE to access the collection (you may need to refresh your browser after accessing the site)



February 22-23, 2016:  Museums Advocacy Day, Washington, D.C.

April 14-16, 2016:  Colorado Railroad Museum, Golden CO

November 8-12, 2016:  Georgia State Railroad Museum, Savannah, GA

Spring 2017:  Great Smoky Mountain Railway, Bryson City, NC

Fall 2017:  Minnesota Streetcar Museum, Minneapolis MN



ATRRM is continuously building its database of individuals with expertise in various areas of restoration, management, and operations.  This is a resource for members seeking information and advice.

Please help your fellow members by submitting the names and expertise areas for yourself, volunteers or staff in your organization.  Be sure to first ask their permission to be listed and to accept questions and emails from fellow members.  To submit names, please click here.