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.





CP archives to Exporail

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By Peter Murphy, Exporail Without any public fanfare, Canadian Pacific Railway Company (CP) has donated its massive archival collection of documents, plans of bridges and structures, and photos to Exporail,…

Remembering The Miniature Train Company

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By Thomas Dyrek Since the mid-1800s, toy and model trains have been a part of everyday American life. From wooden push toys to intricate layouts with detailed electricity powered trains…

Restoring a Southern E8

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By Robert Frye, Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Above photo by Harrison Rogers Reproduced with permission from the TVRM Smoke & Cinders newsletter. It all started with a birthday party. And,…