The national organization of the NRHS is involved in a wide variety of projects supporting rail preservation, restoration, education, and operations. In addition, many chapters are involved in local projects.

Our Programs

AHP is the custodian of a collection of almost 300,000 photographic negatives and about 10,000 drawings and documents relating to the ACO and its successor ALCO Products.
The National Railway Historical Society maintains an extensive collection of train, railroad and railway related films, videos, and slides. Much of the material is historic and/or out of print.
Since 1991, the National Railway Historical Society has been giving away annual matching grants for projects which preserve, research, educate, or publish railway history.
This program formally recognizes landmarks in Railroad History by placing a bronze plaque at/on the site.
Operation Lifesaver is an international program dedicated to ending collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and on railroad rights of way.
The NRHS's annual RailCamp program offers a unique opportunity to high school students providing hands-on training in one of America's oldest and most important industries. During the one-week program campers will learn about railroad history, preservation, maintenance, operations and experience firsthand how to couple rail cars together, to inspect equipment and help to maintain steam and diesel locomotives.
The railway preservation and research library is comprised of many collections of railroad documents, artifacts, and railway pictures.