SAVE THE DATES: OCTOBER 3-7, 2017
Every year the HeritageRail Alliance Fall Conference brings railway preservationists together to network, attend seminars and visit tourist railroads and railway museums. This year it will be held in Minneapolis October 5-7, with optional pre-conference trips on October 3 and 4…. [Continue Reading]
By Aaron Isaacs, editor
The Association of Tourist Railroads & Railway Museums has re-branded itself. Its new name is the HeritageRail Alliance, accompanied by a new slogan, “All the bells and whistles”…. [Continue Reading]
By Don Evans, West Coast Railway Association and ATRRM Director
The Association of Tourist Railways and Railway Museums (ATRRM) held its annual fall conference in Savannah, Georgia from November 9 through 12, 2016. The event was well attended, with over 210 present to enjoy the Southern hospitality. … [Continue Reading]
By Don Evans, West Coast Railway Association
Following a vote to integrate the Canadian Council of Railway Heritage into ATRRM, the ATRRM conference in Savannah included the first meeting of CCRH under this new arrangement as a committee of ATRRM. Members from five Canadian organizations attended. ATRRM currently has 18 Canadian member organizations…. [Continue Reading]
By Aaron Isaacs, ATRRM editor
TRRM will be on hiatus while I attend the ATRRM fall conference in Savannah, Georgia. This year is a special treat, because I’m riding the heavyweight Pullman parlor car Dover Harbor from Washington, DC. The car is operated by the Washington, DC Chapter NRHS. I’ll also take a side trip to visit the St. Marys Railroad, and that will be a future post.
If you haven’t attended an ATRRM conference, you’re missing a great opportunity to meet your railway preservation peers, see some really interesting railroads and learn a lot in the bargain. Next spring we’ll ride behind steam on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. The fall 2017 conference will travel to Minneapolis, to be hosted by the Minnesota Streetcar Museum, my home base.
Look for more posts later this month. Until then, scroll back through the older features, because there’s plenty to read.
Each year at its annual meeting ATRRM recognizes museums, tourist railroads and individuals for outstanding achievements with the following awards:
Significant Achievement Award–to an ATRRM member organization or individual for a significant achievement during the last year.
Lifetime Achievement Award–to an ATRRM member organization or individual that’s made a significant contribution to the tourist railroad and/or museum field over a long career.
Friend of ATRRM Award–to an individual for distinguished service to ATRRM itself.
William B. Purdie Award–Recognizes significant work done by a member organization or individual to promote youth involvement in railway preservation.
Nominations are due October 1, 2016. Please send them to Editor@atrrm.org.
By Aaron Isaacs, TRRM editor
The Progress Reports section of TRRM has been quite popular with readers, but until now they’ve had to scroll through all the projects and hope they found it any updates. Now we have a tool to tell you when a Progress Report has been updated and which one it is. Look at the Recent Posts in the lower right column of this page. The notification will also show up on the ATRRM Facebook page, and in the alert to our subscribers.
The institutional members of the Canadian Council for Railway Heritage (CCRH) have voted to integrate into the Association of Tourist Railroads and Railway Museums (ATRRM). This move will serve to both strengthen resources in support of railway heritage in Canada, as well as to consolidate ATRRM’s role in serving Tourist Railroads and Railway Museums more effectively on a North America wide basis…. [Continue Reading]
By Aaron Isaacs, TRRM editor
ATRRM President G. Mark Ray suggested that readers might like to know more about this magazine’s approach to covering railway preservation, so here we go.
The overall goal of TRRM is to support the mission of ATRRM. This breaks down into the following components, in no particular order of priority.
- Cover internal ATRRM news.
- Provide a forum for ATRRM leadership to communicate official policy and promote organizational priorities.
- Cover railway preservation news across North America.
- Communicate best practices and innovations in railway preservation, organizational development, business methods and technology.
- Share the experiences of tourist railroads and railway museums across North America.
Any opinion pieces in TRRM will be labeled as such. Every effort will be made to ensure that all facts are correct. The goal is journalistic objectivity.
As a trade publication, TRRM will concentrate on good news, and will avoid criticism of individuals and organizations.
Behind the scenes
Dry lists of policies like the one above don’t tell the whole story, so here’s some commentary on how this magazine is edited…. [Continue Reading]
By Bob Opal, Chair, ATRRM Regulatory Committee
Editor’s note: This is a modified version of the ATRRM Regulatory Committee’s report, prepared for the ATRRM Board at its upcoming Spring meeting in Golden, CO. For more info on each regulatory action, approved or proposed, Bob prepares Regulatory Action Summaries, which are always available on the main ATRRM home page. You can also see them at the end of this article.
MAJOR ACTIVITIES SINCE LAST MEETING in September 2015:
- Glazing Rule Revisions -FRA published its Part 223 glazing rule revisions, effective April 11. This is a favorable rulemaking which eliminates the need for most of the waivers tourist railroads have been filing covering old equipment. ATRRM participated extensively in the proceeeding, including filing comments and participating in the RSAC review. See attached Regulatory Action Summary for further information.
By G. Mark Ray
As we start the 4th year of ATRRM’s existence, I’d like to preview our upcoming Spring and Fall Conferences. I’m excited about them and you should be, too!
In April, we’ll gather in Golden, Colorado, at the Table Mountain Inn.
By Aaron Isaacs, TRRM editor
Although we’ve had commercial advertisers since TRRM Online started last Spring, it occurred to me that many readers probably never thought to click on their logos. When you do that a full-page ad appears. And when you click on the ad it takes you to their website, where you can really learn what they do for railway preservation.
These folks are commercial members of ATRRM and their financial support is important to keeping this online magazine going. Please check out their products and services, and please give them your business.
ATRRM is looking for more commercial members, so if you do business with tourist railroads and museums, please consider joining ATRRM and advertising here. Just click on that box to the left of this story.
By G. Mark Ray
The Windshield is much Bigger than the Rearview Mirror
It’s that time of year again: Christmas bells are ringing, Charlie Brown is griping about the commercialization of Christmas, and thousands of children are taking train rides to the North Pole. Those train rides to the North Pole are part of a major shift that’s been seen in one segment of our industry over the last 15 plus years. What was once a nostalgia-based industry is now becoming an entertainment-based industry. A similar shift has occurred in the other segment of our industry: Static displays are no longer the norm; Interactive displays are now mainstream…. [Continue Reading]
By Aaron Isaacs, with photos by Jim Vaitkunas and Paul Knowles
200 ATRRM members converged on the middle of the continent–the Chicago suburb of Crystal Lake, IL, to attend the 2015 ATRRM Fall Conference, sponsored by Illinois Railway Museum. … [Continue Reading]
TRRM Online is taking a break this week so the editor can attend the ATRRM Fall Conference at Illinois Railway Museum. Look for new material around the middle of next week.
In the meantime, scroll back through our older posts and see if you missed anything. Also, if you haven’t looked through Progress Reports recently, there are plenty of new entries. If one of yours is missing, let us know.
Finally, if your museum or tourist railroad isn’t a member of ATRRM, you need to join. This magazine doesn’t publish itself–ATRRM pays for it, which means our members pay for it. They also pay for the terrific advocacy work that protects small operations like yours from the unintentional effects of regulation. Our conferences bring together the real experts in the field–these folks have already confronted every problem you might ever have. Learn from them and make some great friendships at the same time.
ATRRM is becoming the essential resource for railway preservation expertise and advocacy. Get on board. You’ll be happy you did.
Hosted by the Illinois Railway Museum, the 2015 Railway Heritage Preservation Conference & Annual Meeting will be held in Union Illinois, from September 17 through September 19, with pre-conference events taking place on September 14, 15 & 16, and a post-conference trip opportunity on September 20.
Learn all about it on the ATRRM home page http://www.atrrm.org/index.php/2015-atrrm-railway-preservation-conference
By Aaron Isaacs, TRRM editor
TRRM Online went live in April. After a certain amount of trial and error, it’s up and running. Editing a continuously updated blog is quite different from a quarterly print magazine.
News in the quarterly magazine isn’t timely. Material accumulates for three months, then is laid out to fit a fixed 36-page format. It goes to a commercial printer who also does the mailing. About 10 days later the finished product starts hitting the mailboxes of member museums and railroads and those on the individual mail lists. And I sit back and relax for a couple of months, except for gathering and typing news stories for the next issue.
By G. Mark Ray, President
Since early March, ATRRM has been beta testing an online blog as a potential replacement for TRRM. We wanted to do this testing for a number of reasons: We wanted to expose any errors in the code, collect some analytical data, and get the overall feeling of digital versus paper. The last two data points were very relevant at the Spring Board Meeting recently held in York, PA…. [Continue Reading]
At its Spring meeting in York, PA, the ATRRM Board decided to publish the print version of TRRM until the end of 2015. Meanwhile, TRRM Online will continue to appear in the continuously updated format you’re now reading.
Welcome to ATRRM’s new online Tourist Railroads & Railway Museums.
The stories are divided into 4 categories:
Heritage Railnews (short newsworthy items)
Features (longer feature stories)
Regulation (Bob Opal’s FRA advisories)
Within each category, the newest stories appear first, but readers can scroll down to view previous stories. All photos within stories can be enlarged by clicking on them.
By G. Mark Ray
One key component of ATRRM’s governance structure is the committee. ATRRM has two types of committees: The Standing Committees (Executive, Nominating, and Finance), which are required by our Bylaws, and the Select Committees (Awards, Advocacy, Marketing, Parts, and Regulatory). Each committee has a defined function and its workload is determined by action items assigned through ATRRM’s Strategic Planning process. Each committee is also responsible for submitting any budget needs as part of the ensuing year’s budget preparations and then managing their budget as approved by the Board…. [Continue Reading]
At the annual banquet in Tyler, TX, ATRRM announced its annual awards.
Significant Achievement Awards
Two awards for significant achievement were given…. [Continue Reading]