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.





A park engine’s story

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By Thomas Dyrek It was the fall of 1959. The Nickel Plate Road’s steam era had come to an end a year before, and now only a couple of locomotives…

Road trip Part 1: Toronto Railway Museum

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By Aaron Isaacs, HRA editor A family vacation took me to Vermont via Canada, so naturally some stops at railway museums were in order. The Toronto Railway Museum occupies a…

For Sale–narrow gauge streetcar

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Los Angeles Electric Railway Trolley, 42" track gauge Built in 1894 as a short open benched trolley for the Los Angeles Electric Railway. Rebuilt at some point in its life…