Heritage Railway Association




What is the HRA?

The Heritage Railway Association or HRA is a voluntary run trade association representing Heritage & Tourist railways, related Museums, Tramways, Cliff Lifts, Railway Preservation Groups and related organisations.

185 of our member organisations regularly open to the public, and we have over 300 corporate members in total.

We are here to assist and guide our Members, who may be any organisation that is heritage rail related, and is preserving, or helping their visitors understand, or just enjoy, our rich rail based history.

Our organisation is not primarily here to help members of the public with heritage matters, or give them detailed information about our Members. However if you are a member of the public, trying to find one of our Members to visit, or arranging group travel, who has landed on this page, you might like to take a look at our interactive map and travel guide page - find somewhere to visit - There you will find the locations of our operating members, and be able to download our invaluable “Group Travel Guide”


we now have a full-time General manager

We have been looking for a full-time General Manager, to help us handle our increasingly busy role, supporting railways and members across the UK.  We needed find someone to provide all the back-up that a busy trade organisation needs.

After some discussions, we have decided to name the post the HRA General Manager.

We will be announcing the name of our new GM very shortly - once all details have been finalised.

In 2018 the HRA is stepping up a gear, and our members have told us that having a full time member of staff will help immensely with  providing the service that a modern trade association should provide.

There is also some more on this on our News Page and there will be a press release as soon as th eannouncement is made.


Sam Bee the Chairman of the HRA Heritage Committee would like your help in formulating the HRA response to a consultation by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which asks for views on its role, vision, and funding priorities for the next five years.
This is an extremely important item for the HRA and we would like to get your responses in before 13 March, so that our Heritage Committee, at its next meeting, can use your information to provide a considered answer to HLF before their deadline



Available in the documents section of this website or by clicking the link above.

HRA Information paper IP43 - Jan 18 - GDPR The General Data Protection Regulations is now available on the Documents & Publications/Information Papers section of this site. These important regulations are coming into force in May and affect most HRA Member Organisations. There is also an editable Word version available on that page, so that Members can modify the suggested forms to suit their requirements.





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HRA News Magazine

The December edition of HRA News is avilable here   




Talk to us!

If you are looking for information about how to join the HRA or already a member of the HRA, and need our assistance, or just have a general query, please use the form below to contact us.

You may also of course check out our website with our people pages, and if you wish to contact a specific person, you could use their direct email address.

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