Tourist Railroads & Railway Museums, the ATRRM magazine, is now being beta tested in a new, online format. This is a continuously updated web page format, not a pdf of the quarterly print magazine. The goal is to provide more timely information, more photos (and video), and more in-depth coverage of all aspects of railway heritage and preservation, including long term construction and restoration Projects.  This test is also a chance to get the bugs out (at the moment the Comments program isn't working, so don't be surprised by that), but feel free to explore the rest!  To view TRRM Online, click on "TRRM Online" in the menu box above.



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.

The Association of Tourist Railroads and Railway Museums (ATRRM) fosters the development and operation of these unique preservation efforts through education, research, and the free exchange of information among members.

You are invited to 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.

Railway museums and tourist railroads are invited to join ATRRM, a dynamic organization dedicated to the success of its members, the protection of railway preservation efforts, and the enjoyment and education of the public.


Recommended Practices

Recommended Practices for Railway Museums, as adopted by the Association of Railway Museums in 1997, is a great resource for Railway Museums.  ATRRM is pleased to make this collection of practices available to everyone. 

Click here to open the pdf file:  Recommended Practices for Railway Museums   


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FRA has published its long awaited final rule on grade crossing inventory requirements.  The link below takes you to a Regulatory Action Summary describing the rule, with links to the rule text/preamble, draft reporting form and reporting guide.  The rule is technically effective on March 9 of this year, but the compliance deadline isn't until next year (March 7, 2016).   RAS:  Grade CrossingMembers can find more regulatory information under the Resources tab.



April 16-18, 2015:  Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad Preservation Society, York, PA



From the bookshelf of the Town House Restoration Shop, Street Railway Journals and documentation among museums prove to be the best resources when trying to understand construction techniques and inisight on how to
perform a restoration.  Click HERE to access the collection,



February 23-24, 2015:  Museums Advocacy Day, Washington, DC

April 16-18, 2015:  Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad Preservation Society, York, PA (click to register)

September 16-19, 2015:  Illinois Railway Museum, Union IL (Pre-conference tours September 14 & 15) 



ATRRM is building a database of individuals with expertise in various areas of restoration, management, and operations.  This will be a resource for members seeking information and advice.

Please help your fellow members by submitting the names and expertise areas for yourself, volunteers or staff in your organization.  Be sure to first ask their permission to be listed and to accept questions and emails from fellow members.  To submit names, please click here.

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