Frequently Asked Questions

Who can join HeritageRail Alliance?

Any organization (whether for profit or not-for-profit) which is engaged in the business of operating a tourist railway or railway/trolley oriented museum, and which displays or operates rail equipment, artifacts or structures for the educational or recreational benefit of the public is eligible for full membership.

Any entity which is engaged in the business of providing goods or services to organizations eligible for full membership is eligible for commercial membership.

Both classifications of membership are voting members.

Is HeritageRail membership just for North American tourist railroads and museums?

No. Any organization that qualifies as a full member or commercial member is welcome to join the HeritageRail Alliance.

How can an organization join HeritageRail?

Join online by clicking on the Join button on the home page of this web site. Dues may be paid with a credit card.

Join by mail with dues paid by check by downloading a membership application here (NOTE:  During the period of name tranisition, the ATRRM membership application will be used):

Full Membership Application

Commercial Membership Application

If you are interested in conference exhibitor benefit packages, which include membership in HeritageRail, please contact Lynette Rickman, Executive Director:

After our organization joins HeritageRail Alliance, when will we be required to renew our membership?

Memberships are valid for one full year from the join date. You will be sent a renewal notice at least two months before your membership expiration date.  Renewal reminders are send via e-mail and hard copy.

Can an individual join HeritageRail Alliance?

Only organizations can join HeritageRail, but individuals of member organizations are considered affiliated individuals and are welcome to attend our Spring and Fall conferences.

How can a Commercial Member get exposure on the HeritageRail web site?

Commercial members are invited to select any of our conference packages, which include not only membership, conference registration benefits, and exposure on both our website and at our conferences, but also the standard benefits offered to our full time members, including access to the members-only section of our website.  To learn more about this year’s packages, contact Lynette Rickman, Executive Director.

Commerical members also enjoy discounted advertising rates in The Magazine, the online publication of HeritageRail Alliance, which is publicly available and accessible from home page on our website.  For more information about advertising oppportunities, please contact Aaron Isaacs, Editor

Can members attend HeritageRail Alliance Board of Directors meetings? When are they held?

Yes! All members are invited to attend Board meetings. They are held twice a year during or just preceding the association conferences. A notice of the meeting will be posted on the web site.

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Lynette Rickman, Executive Director

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All the bells and whistles

HeritageRail Alliance is an association born from two venerable associations with a combined history of nearly 100 years.

After several years analyzing their many similarities and goals, the Tourist Railway Association and the Association of Railway Museums merged to form a brand new organization, The Association of Tourist Railroads and Railway Museums (ATRRM) in 2013.

In 2016 ATRRM rebranded itself and changed its name to HeritageRail Alliance.


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