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WHY JOIN ATRRM

Railway Museums and Tourist Railroads with staff and volunteers who want to expand their knowledge of rail history, rail operations, restoration and preservation, management strategies, safety, and best practices will find in ATRRM like-minded friends and a wealth of information available nowhere else.

Companies and organizations providing services and products to tourist railroads and railway museums are also invited to join ATRRM. They are a vital part of our organization, are appreciated, and receive full member benefits. They receive discounted advertising rates in our magazine, priority choice of booth space at our annual conference, and are listed on our web site.

ATRRM offers its members multiple opportunities for growth.

The ATRRM Annual Railway Heritage and Preservation Conference provides seminars on a broad range of topics from social media to locomotive restoration to marketing. In addition, this conference and a shorter spring event give all members a chance to get to know one another, share experiences, and ask questions.

Our quarterly magazine, Tourist Railroads and Railway Museums, is a great source of information about activities at member museums and railroads, information on grants and awards, updates on regulation and legislation, as well as articles on restoration and rail history.

The ATRRM web site is visited regularly by members for information on regulation, upcoming events, past issues of the magazine, to locate a part or piece of equipment, and for help with specific questions.

ATRRM strives to help members pass on the love of rail travel to younger generations by listing member locations on our web site and by publishing a list of members offering discounts to associates of fellow museums and tourist railroads. ATRRM supports the efforts of the American Alliance of Museums to promote museums and to encourage all citizens to visit museums and historic sites.

The association is actively involved in advocacy efforts on both legislation and regulation. We hold a seat on the RSAC Committee of the FRA and we publish current information about proposed regulation on our web site and in our magazine. We support Museums Advocacy Day in Washington each February where ATRRM members have an opportunity to visit their members of Congress to discuss legislation and to provide them with education on tourist railroads and railway museums.

Large and small, volunteer and professional museums and tourist railroads recognize the value of membership in ATRRM. Members are dedicated to the preservation, restoration, operation and display of historic railroad and street railway equipment, related artifacts and archives and to providing scenic railway travel experiences to the public.

Every railway heritage organization has something to contribute to the railway preservation movement. And every organization can gain from the experiences of others. One way to contribute and to receive is to be part of the Association of Tourist Railroads and Railway Museums.