Heritage Railway Association members operate a unique reciprocal arrangement for volunteers and staff to enjoy each other’s railways. The InterRail scheme provides working volunteers and staff with heavily discounted travel and admission with HRA members.

The scheme has been in operation since the early days of the HRA and is a hugely popular benefit of being actively involved in heritage rail. InterRail passes are available at all participating member railways for a low-cost, one-off annual payment.

Passes for working volunteers and staff cover two people. When presented at booking offices, they entitle the holders to highly discounted privilege rates or even free travel.

Heritage Railway Association Chief Executive, Steve Oates, said: “I think it’s really important that our volunteers get out and see how other railways do things. It helps everyone in the sector if people at all levels widen our horizons and learn from each other.

“I look at the InterRail scheme as a loyalty reward for volunteers and staff too. They put so much in that they deserve to be recognised by the heritage rail sector as a whole, and this pass is one way we can do it.

“I’ve spoken to some volunteers who simply wouldn’t be able to afford to visit their counterparts at other railways without the InterRail pass. I’d urge everyone involved in heritage rail to support it.”

The HRA InterRail scheme also helps to make a financial contribution to the sector. The reciprocal arrangements supports the HRA and the work it does, without increasing the cost to individual member organisations.

For more information about the HRA InterRail scheme at your member organisation, ask to speak to your InterRail pass co-ordinator. Passes are issued annually.


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