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NEW:  Post-conference Opportunity for Spring Conference Attendees:

logoAll HRA members attending the conference in Strasburg are invited to visit the Rockhill Trolley Museum and the East Broad Top Rairhf4lroad in Rockhill Furnace on Sunday April 15 after the conclusion of the official convention at Strasburg.  Members of the Friends of the East Broad Top will be offering a tour of the East Broad Top Railroad shops and roundhouse at 10:00AM, lasting approximately until 11:30 AM.  Several trolleys from the collection at the Rockhill Trolley Museum will be operating starting at 10:30 that morning until 3:00PM. Tours of the carbarns and shop will also be available.

If you plan to attend this day in Rockhill Furnace, please let us know so we can prepare to have enough volunteers avlogo2ailable for the day for the railroad shop tour and the trolley operations.  Please contact Joel Salomon at 610-428-7200 or Lawrence Biemilller at for additional information or if you have any questions.  We look forward to seeing you visit with us in Rockhill Furnace!

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Spring Conference Registration is NOW OPEN:

train station nightConference registration is $125.00 per person until April 1, 2018 and includes all seminars, opening reception, shuttle transporation, Choo-Choo Barn and Toy Train museum admissions, tours and Saturday cocktail hour and banquet.  Registration prices increase on April 2, 2018, to $225.00.  Refunds less a $50.00 administrative fee will be made before April 1, 2018.  No refunds will be made beginning April 1, 2018Acommodations are available at the Historic Strasburg Inn / Clarion (717-687-7691) for $79.00, and The Holiday Inn Express (717-455-4700) for $90.00.   Mention the 2018 Strasburg Conference when making your reservations.  

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From G. Mark Ray, President:

GMarkEvery current member of the Board of Directors will tell you that our biggest organizational concern is succession.  We’re all getting older.  Many of the Directors will not seek another term when their current term expires.  We must find those willing to lead railway preservation deep into the 21st Century.
When I look at those who attended this year’s Fall Conference in Minneapolis, I can only smile.  While we expected a bigger crowd, it was the make-up of the attendees that made me smile.  Not only was this the crowd full of young preservationists, but also it was full of both male and female young preservationists.  My conversations with them have continued post conference, and I can feel the enthusiasm in their voices and their words.
Our job as the current leaders is to harness that enthusiasm and produce the next generation of HeritageRail Alliance leaders.  Names like Travis Stevenson, Steven Butler, Meg Warder, Rikki Puz, Bethan Maher, Stathi Pappis, Andrew Durden, Tyler Trahan, Trey Davis and many others will soon fill the pages of our newsletter.
For starters, I am filling out the HeritageRail Alliance Committee rosters for 2018.  I’ll reaching out to many of these up and coming stars to serve on these committees.  We’ll also be inviting them to our Strategic Planning and Board Meetings so they can be involved in our future path.
Before Minneapolis, I wasn’t so sure about our future.  After Minneapolis, I am excited about our future!


Fall Conference Presentations

Promote and Protect: Public Relations in an environment of instant news

Telling Compelling Stories

Making Events Special


Did you know....

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. 

HeritageRail Alliance Avatar 1We invite you to explore our website and 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.

HeritageRail Alliance (formerly known as ATRRM) fosters the development and operation of these unique preservation efforts through education, research, and the free exchange of information among members.  Railway museums and tourist railroads are invited to join HeritageRail, a dynamic organization dedicated to the success of its members, the protection of railway preservation efforts, and the enjoyment and education of the public


HeritageRail Online ("The Magazine")

The Magazine, HeritageRail's open access digital magazine, is now LIVE and ready for postings and comments!  To share a story or restoration project, e-mail Aaron Isaacs, Editor, at  HeritageRail welcomes member and non-member contributions (but you must be a HeritageRail member to submit comments to postings).  To view The Magazine, click on "HeritageRail Online" in the menu box above. 


Recommended Practices

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

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

An updated edition of Recommended Practices for Railway Museums is in production.  The new edition will cover many topics that were not issues some 25 years ago, including the Internet, social media and child labor.


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Congratulations HeritageRail Member, Robert Van Camp

Creator and Producer of the Great Scenic Railway Journey Public Television show, Robert Van Camp received his 16 career Emmy for a segment he produced on the Cumbers and Toltec Scenic Railroad:  WATCH



 Updated FRA Applicability Paper

A substantially updated and revised copy of the "Applicability of FRA Statutes and Regulations To Tourist Rail Operations" chart is available HERE


PART 219:  Drug and Alcohol Rule

If you're a tourist railroad that is part of the General System, the new Drug/Alcohol Rule (see Part 219) went into effect on June 12, 2017. Download the Rule and the accompanying presentation to get up to speed




April 12-14, 2018:  The Strasburg Railroad, Strasburg, PA

November 7-11, 2018:  Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, Chama/Santa Fe, NM

April 24-27, 2019: California State Railroad Museum, Sacramento, CA

Sept. 18-21, 2019:  West Coast Railway Heritage Park, Squamish, BC CANADA


If you are a member interested in hosting a conference, e-mail Lynette Rickman, Executive Director



The Alliance is continuously building its database of individuals with expertise in various areas of restoration, management, and operations.  This is 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.