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Online registration for conference attendees and companions IS NOW OPEN.  Conference overview and registration forms are available for download now! 

2017 Fall Conference Overview

2017 Fall Conference Registration Form (PDF)

2017 Fall Conference Online Registration



The host hotel for the 2017 Fall Conference and Annual Meeting is the Loews Minneapolis Hotel, located at 601 1st Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55403.  Conference rates are available from Monday, October 2 through (and including) Saturday, October 7 for $169 per night.  Make your reservations early using the hotel booking link or calling 1-877-878-5670 and referencing the group name: HeritageRail Alliance.


From G. Mark Ray, President:

As I return home from Bryson City, I’m reflecting on the past days events - the spectacular train rides on the Great Smoky    Mountain Railroad, the visit to this little place outside Asheville called the Biltmore, and the Cherokee dance and story telling we experienced prior to the best meal of the conference.  Buried in the middle of all this was a presentation by officials of the Transportation Security Administration or TSA.


Most of us associate the TSA with those pesky airport screeners so most of us presume that’s all they do.  Well, there’s more to the TSA than checking your pockets and carry-on luggage.


Several of HeritageRail Alliance members are already familiar with the TSA.  Those of you that have some kind of freight operation should already be part of the TSA’s Surface Transportation program.  You’re being audited on a quarterly basis as described in Title 49, Part 1580 of the Code of Federal Regulations.   You have a Rail Security Coordinator and understand the requirements to report any security concerns to the TSA.


The focus of the presentation was for the balance of HeritageRail members.  This was not about screening your boarding passengers.  Nor was it about x-raying their carry-on backpacks and personal items.  Instead, it was about awareness of how the TSA can help us identify potential vulnerabilities through an assessment and communication.


None of us probably consider our museums or operations as a high-value target for terrorists.  But, when you look at recent attacks on soft targets with little or no security, we need to take homeland security seriously.  If a suspicious package was found at your museum, how would you respond?  It can happen as one of our members can attest.


I encourage each of you to pay attention to future postings in the newsletter regarding the TSA.  Information will be added to the Alliance website to help everyone better understand how to work with the TSA when they come calling.

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Fall 2016: Conference Presentations are Still Available for Download!

Here are just a few of the presentations from the 2016 Fall Conference in Savannah, Georgia.  Members, to access additional presentations, including presentations from prior conferences, click on "Resources," select "Conference Presentations" and scroll down to open the link of your choosing

   Advocacy Basics

   Preserving Trades Education

   Focusing on the Human Element

   The Railroad Historical Center Preservation Project


Did you know....

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. 

HeritageRail Alliance Avatar 1We 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.

HeritageRail Alliance (formerly known as 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 HeritageRail, a dynamic organization dedicated to the success of its members, the protection of railway preservation efforts, and the enjoyment and education of the public


HeritageRail Online ("The Magazine")

The Magazine, HeritageRail'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  HeritageRail welcomes member and non-member contributions (but you must be a HeritageRail member to submit comments to postings).  To view The Magazine, click on "HeritageRail Online" in the menu box above. 


Recommended Practices

Recommended Practices for Railway Museums, as adopted by the Association of Railway Museums in 1997, is a great resource for Railway Museums.  We are 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 is in production.  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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If you're a tourist railroad that is part of the General System, then you need to be aware of the changes to Part 219 that are about to go into effect.  The new Drug/Alcohol Rule becomes effective June 12, 2017 (download the Rule and the accompanying presentation).


TRRM IN PDF:   Volume 4 Now Available for DOWNLOAD



October 5-7, 2017:  Minnesota Streetcar Museum, Minneapolis MN  (pre-conference events Oct. 3-4)

Spring 2018:  The Strasburg Railroad, Strasburg, PA

Fall 2018:  Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, Chama/Santa Fe, NM

Spring 2019:  California State Railroad Museum, Sacramento, CA

Fall 2019:  West Coast Railway Heritage Park, Squamish, BC CANADA


If you are a member interested in hosting a conference, e-mail Lynette Rickman, Executive Director



The Alliance 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.