The Heritage Railway Association represents the interests of the majority of heritage and tourist railways, tramways and railway preservation groups within both the U.K, and Ireland.
It has over 250 corporate members and these include not only heritage and tourist railways, tramways and most of the railway museums and steam centres, but also rail cableways, cliff lifts, and the smaller locomotive and rolling stock preservation groups. Groups and individuals involved with the preservation of stations and other railway buildings are also included in the diversity of membership as well as several overseas members.
- To represent our members’ interests to Government and other bodies.
- To maintain high standards by requiring members to conform to the HRA Code of Practice.
- To provide professional advice, a full information service and other such help and assistance as may be appropriate.
- To provide a forum for sharing information and experience by organising open meetings and seminars.
- To help members to develop their own business.
- To encourage and assist members to develop training policies and programmes.
- To encourage and assist members to develop educational policies and programmes.
- To encourage excellence by organising awards and competitions.
- To encourage and advise members on the heritage aspects of their activities, including establishing and maintaining collecting, interpretation and archiving policies.