Railroads were the key that unlocked the 20th Century.

Discover how we're celebrating and saving our railroad heritage

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 fosters the development and operation of these unique preservation efforts through education, research, and the free exchange of information among members.





Skookum debuts at Niles Canyon

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By Aaron Isaacs, HRA editor HeritageRail Alliance member museums and railroads ¬†often choose the Spring and Fall conferences to roll out their latest accomplishments. We experienced that at Railtown 1897…

Railtown 1897 and Sacramento River Train

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By Aaron Isaacs, HRA editor Every HeritageRail Alliance conference features side trips to nearby rail attractions, both before and during the conference. Our host, the California State Railroad Museum, also…

Inside the California State Railroad Museum

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By Aaron Isaacs, HRA editor At every HRA conference I try to take plenty of photos of the museums and railroads we visit. The California State Railroad Museum is three…