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.

More than 180 of our member organisations regularly open to the public, with 156 of these operating with passengers, although a few only give rides on special days. 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”


All Party Parliamentary Report on Young Persons and Heritage Railways

This valuable document has been published and you can download the report from HERE

Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Heritage Rail, Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP said: “Members of our group found some of the evidence from young people involved to be inspirational and the work being done by the railways to be a powerful force supporting social cohesion and a great example of vocational development and training. But there is no doubt more needs to be done to find the new generation of heritage rail workers and volunteers and this will have to include a more diverse workforce too.”
This press release is available HERE


Our Autumn Weekend in the Isle of Man is now being held on 07 to 09 September.  This is one week earlier than the original date.  Our booking office is open!  BOOK HERE

Stephen Oates - HRA ceo

We now have a full-time General Manager or Chief Executive Officer, 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.

Our new CEO, who started at the beginning of April, is Stephen Oates and he is well known to us all, as he is the Chairman of the extremely successful Isle of Wight Steam Railway.

Stephen has said: "I look forward to supporting our member railways, promoting and increasing the profile of all that they do, and helping to ensure we keep this important part of our nations' history alive and flourishing for current and future generations to experience and enjoy."

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.



ABTEM - New Guidelines for the Care of Larger and Working Objects
Available in various formats on the ABTEM Website https://abtemguidelinesorg.wordpress.com/

O&S MATTERS 18  June 2018 
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.


Contact HRA

office hours

Monday - Friday
10AM - 4PM



☎ voice

0800 756 5111

HRA News Magazine

The august 2018 edition of hra news is available by clicking 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.