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WHY JOIN HERITAGERAIL ALLIANCE?

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 HeritageRail Alliance.

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 HeritageRail Alliance 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 a vital and appreciated part of our organization and receive full member benefits in addition to discounted advertising rates in our online magazine, and discounted conference rates and exposure on our website and in our monthly e-blast with the purchase of one of our conference packages.  The HeritageRail 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, and our public and private Facebook pages give our members the opportunity to expand their audience reach and ask real-time questions of fellow members.  Our online magazine, The Magazine, 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.

HeritageRail conferences provide seminars on a broad range of practical topics from social media to locomotive restoration to marketing. In addition, our conferences give all members a chance to get to meet, share experiences, and ask questions in an interactive and focused setting.

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 website, in our monthly newsblasts, and in our online magazine. We support Museums Advocacy Day in Washington each February where HeritageRail 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 HeritageRail. 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 HeritageRail Alliance.