Leaders in Railway Preservation to Meet in Riverside October 16-19, 2013

Orange Empire Railway Museum/ Photo by Daniel LaMantain-Leatherman

How rail museums stay fresh and relevant in a rapidly changing culture is the subject of an international conference hosted by the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Riverside October 16-19, 2013. 

About 150 members of the Association of Tourist Railroads and Railway Museums will gather to discuss museum safety and the presentation of the history and artifacts of railroading with modern significance. 

"Railways have always played a key role in the development of communities across North America and the world," said Suzanne Grace, director of the Georgia-based association. "Railway museums and tourist railroads interpret this exciting and pivotal history, and provide an opportunity for the public to experience rail travel as it once was." 

Tom Jacobson is conference coordinator and Chariman of the Board of Directors of the 100-acre museum in Perris, which preserves more than 250 historic railcars and rolling trains."Clean, energy-efficient rail transportation has made a big comeback since the 1970s," Jacobson said. "The challenge for a railway museum is to provide a unique experience that helps youth and adults relate the technology to the present and future. Younger children already have an innate interest in trains, as evidenced by the wildly popular attraction, Day Out With Thomas (the Tank Engine) in November. Children are driving parents to the museum." 

For more information about the conference, contact Orange Empire Railway Museum at (951) 943-3020 or the Association of Tourist Railroads and Railway Museums at (770) 278-0088.  Media inquires, Ellen Braunstein at (909) 499-3429.

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