A recent post reported that HeritageRail Alliance is looking into the idea of group purchasing of materials and services on behalf of its member museums and tourist railroads. The theory is that group purchasing could potentially lower costs, create a better market for goods and services, and demonstrate the economic impact of the railway preservation industry.
Before anyone jumps to conclusions, we need data. The big question is–are museums and railroads interested in group buying? Is it worth their while? To try and find the answer, here’s a brief online survey. If you are associated with a tourist railroad or railway museum, we want to know what think.