NEW: Post-conference Opportunity for Spring Conference Attendees:
All HRA members attending the conference in Strasburg are invited to visit the Rockhill Trolley Museum and the East Broad Top Railroad in Rockhill Furnace on Sunday April 15 after the conclusion of the official convention at Strasburg. Members of the Friends of the East Broad Top will be offering a tour of the East Broad Top Railroad shops and roundhouse at 10:00AM, lasting approximately until 11:30 AM. Several trolleys from the collection at the Rockhill Trolley Museum will be operating starting at 10:30 that morning until 3:00PM. Tours of the carbarns and shop will also be available.
If you plan to attend this day in Rockhill Furnace, please let us know so we can prepare to have enough volunteers available for the day for the railroad shop tour and the trolley operations. Please contact Joel Salomon at firstname.lastname@example.org 610-428-7200 or Lawrence Biemilller at email@example.com for additional information or if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you visit with us in Rockhill Furnace!
Spring Conference Registration is NOW OPEN:
Conference registration is $125.00 per person until April 1, 2018 and includes all seminars, opening reception, shuttle transporation, Choo-Choo Barn and Toy Train museum admissions, tours and Saturday cocktail hour and banquet. Registration prices increase on April 2, 2018, to $225.00. Refunds less a $50.00 administrative fee will be made before April 1, 2018. No refunds will be made beginning April 1, 2018. Acommodations are available at the Historic Strasburg Inn / Clarion (717-687-7691) for $79.00, and The Holiday Inn Express (717-455-4700) for $90.00. Mention the 2018 Strasburg Conference when making your reservations.
From G. Mark Ray, President:
Every current member of the Board of Directors will tell you that our biggest organizational concern is succession. We’re all getting older. Many of the Directors will not seek another term when their current term expires. We must find those willing to lead railway preservation deep into the 21st Century.
When I look at those who attended this year’s Fall Conference in Minneapolis, I can only smile. While we expected a bigger crowd, it was the make-up of the attendees that made me smile. Not only was this the crowd full of young preservationists, but also it was full of both male and female young preservationists. My conversations with them have continued post conference, and I can feel the enthusiasm in their voices and their words.Our job as the current leaders is to harness that enthusiasm and produce the next generation of HeritageRail Alliance leaders. Names like Travis Stevenson, Steven Butler, Meg Warder, Rikki Puz, Bethan Maher, Stathi Pappis, Andrew Durden, Tyler Trahan, Trey Davis and many others will soon fill the pages of our newsletter.
For starters, I am filling out the HeritageRail Alliance Committee rosters for 2018. I’ll reaching out to many of these up and coming stars to serve on these committees. We’ll also be inviting them to our Strategic Planning and Board Meetings so they can be involved in our future path.
Before Minneapolis, I wasn’t so sure about our future. After Minneapolis, I am excited about our future!
Fall Conference Presentations
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 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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