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”


Ian Leigh

Due to personal reasons, Ian Leigh, our Finance Director, has stood down from all his HRA activities.  Most of you will know how much hard work Ian has done for the HRA over the past few years.

HRA Chairman Brian Simpson said in his reply to Ian's resignation letter: "I would, on behalf of the Board like to thank you for all you have done in the various capacities and hope after a time out from these activities, you will give serious thought to "re-joining" us again."

In the meantime finance matters will be dealt with by our CEO - Steve Oates, who can be contacted via contact@hra.uk.com


The Heritage Railway Association is now looking for a Finance Director to join the Management Board. This position is voluntary and unpaid, however reasonable expenses are available to travel to meetings.

The primary role of this individual will be to control the financial health of the HRA; and as such should have demonstrable experience in managing the finances of an Incorporated Organisation or Registered Charity.  Whilst not mandatory, accounting qualifications would be an advantage.

He or she will be well versed in financial governance, overseeing of accounting procedures, yearly budgeting and the formulation of annual accounts.

The new Finance Director, will be part of a small team which will include our CEO and a bookkeeper, and as a Director of the HRA there will also be a need to contribute, at board level, to the overall objectives of the organisation.

The deadline for expressing interest is 14 December 2018

In the first instance, if you are interested, and believe that you can contribute to the running of the HRA, please contact or send your CV  to Barbara Barnes
Barbara will also be able to answer any questions, by email, or on 07901977597

(any CVs received will be kept in confidence and disseminated only to the appointment panel)

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


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 21 - November 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.



HRA 2019 Annual Awards Dinner

Saturday 09 February 2019


Tuesday 05 March 2019

The topics will be Heritage and Fundraising


Wednesday 06 March 2019

Contact HRA

office hours

Monday - Friday
10AM - 4PM



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07774 188 930

HRA News Magazine

The November 2018 edition of hra news is available by clicking here

We will be producing a special issue soon giving all the short lists for the 2019 HRA Awards that will be presented at the Annual Awards Dinner on Feb 9th!




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.