ATRRM sponsors two conferences annually: The Railway Heritage Preservation Conference held in the fall and a shorter spring conference. To help offset the costs of attending the conference, ATTRM awards stipends and scholarships to qualified applicants. More information and links to applications appear below.
2014 Railway Heritage Preservation Conference & Annual Meeting
November 6-8, 2014 (pre-conference events November 4 and 5)
Hosted by the Texas State Railroad, the 2014 Railway Heritage Preservation Conference & Annual Meeting will be held at The Holiday Inn South Broadway in Tyler, Texas from November 6 through November 8.
Optional pre-convention events, which are available for an additional fee, include the dinner train on the Texas State Railroad on November 4 ($125 before Oct. 1) and Tours of McKinney Avenue Transit (Dallas) and the Museum of the American Railroad (Frisco) on November 5 ($75 before Oct.1).
An optional spousal event is available during the conference on November 7 ($75 before Oct. 1). This limited seating event includes tours of the Tyler Rose Garden, the Goodman-LeGrand and Witacker-McClendon houses, wine tasting at the Kiepersol Winery and lunch at the Potpourri House.
Conference registration ($250 for members; $325 for non-members) includes all seminars, breaks and evening events, incuding the Saturday night banquet. Additional banquet-only tickets are available for $50 and can be added to your registration.
Updated conference agenda: 2014 Fall Conference Agenda
FINANCIAL SUPPORT - ATRRM offers two opportunities for free or reduced cost to attend the Annual Conference: The Youth Scholarship Award and the Stephen J. Patrick Memorial Stipend.
There are two Youth Scholarships for individuals 18 - 25 years old. These cover the registration fee including the pre-conference tours, hotel, and $150.00 toward transportation and food costs. Applications must be made by an ATRRM member organization. Appy here: 2014 Youth Scholarship Award
The Stephen Patrick Memorial Stipend is a $500 matching award for a member organization's volunteer or staff person attending the conference for the first time. Two awards will be made. Apply here: 2014 Stephen J. Patrick Memorial Stipend
AWARDS - In addition to its three recognition awards for organizations and/or individuals who have made significant contributions to ATRRM and to the field of railway heritage, ATRRM announces a fourth award, the William B. Purdie Award, which recognizes significant work done by a member organization to promote youth involvement in railway. If your organization would like to apply for one of these important awards, click on the application link: 2014 Achievement Awards
Tyler, Texas is located 100 miles southeast of Dallas, Texas. Flights are available into Dallas, Tyler and Longview. Amtrak stops in Mineola, Texas, which is 25 miles from Tyler, as well as Longview, which is 34 miles from Tyler.
The Holiday Inn South Broadway is now accepting overnight reservations for the November 2014 conference at the conference rate of $89.00/night. Please call 903-561-5800 and mention you are an attendee of the ATRRM conference or click HERE to book your room reservations online.
BOOK EARLY: Conference Registration Rates after October 1, 2014, are as follows:
Conference: $300 (members); $375 (non-members)
Banquet: $75 per person
Texas State Railroad Dinner Train (pre-conference): $175 per person
McKinney Avenue & Museum of the American Railroad (pre-conference): $125 per person
Spousal Trip (limited to 14 people): $100 per person
PLAN AHEAD! Additional upcoming conferences include:
April 15-18, 2015: Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad Preservation Society, York, PA
September 18-20, 2015: Illinois Railway Museum, Union, IL
Both Spring and Fall conferences include interesting train rides and tours, a full educational program, and many social events for networking and getting to know colleagues and friends. The Fall conference also features an exhibit hall with a chance to see new products and services and visit with suppliers to tourist railroads and railway museums.
Members gather at the fall conference for their Annual Meeting where elections are held and reports of association activities are given. This is an important place to be if you want to take an active role in your association and influence its future direction.
ATRRM conferences are held in interesting cities with great sightseeing and lots of regional activities. Many members make the Annual Conference an extended vacation. All agree that, for learning opportunities, a friendly atmosphere, and good conversation with others who love the rails, the ATRRM conferences are the place to be!