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From G. Mark Ray, President:

GMarkMost of us associate the TSA with those pesky airport screeners so most of us presume that’s all they do.  Well, there’s more to the TSA than checking your pockets and carry-on luggage.Several of HeritageRail Alliance members are already familiar with the TSA.  Those of you that have some kind of freight operation should already be part of the TSA’s Surface Transportation program.  You’re being audited on a quarterly basis as described in Title 49, Part 1580 of the Code of Federal Regulations.   You have a Rail Security Coordinator and understand the requirements to report any security concerns to the TSA.Several of HeritageRail Alliance members are already familiar with the TSA.  None of us probably consider our museums or operations as a high-value target for terrorists.  But, when you look at recent attacks on soft targets with little or no security, we need to take homeland security seriously.  If a suspicious package was found at your museum, how would you respond?  It can happen as one of our members can attest.


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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 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.