Railroading Heritage of Midwest America

A leader in historic railroad preservation

Railroading Heritage of Midwest America (RRHMA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote public understanding of the history of railroading in the Midwest. RRHMA accomplishes this goal by preserving, restoring, operating and interpreting historic locomotives and rail cars. We were founded in 1991, and since then we’ve become a leader in the world of historic rail preservation through various restoration and excursion efforts.

For a complete list of the Friends of the 261’s equipment, details on operations and to support the Friends, visit www.261.com

RRHMA owns a fleet of historic railroad passenger cars, built between 1945 and 1964, upgraded with the latest mechanical appliances and modern amenities that you would find in today’s luxury hotels. We operate a number of rail excursions and charters every year, handling all the logistics. We also offer these services to other passenger car owners- with RRHMA running your trips, all you have to do is enjoy the adventure.

At Railroad Heritage, our volunteers bring a passion and breadth of knowledge that is the industry standard. During day-to-day operations, our volunteers help maintain, rebuild and restore vintage railroad equipment to be enjoyed for future generations. When the time calls for an excursion, our volunteers step up to the challenge, making sure every detail is considered before our guests board the train for their journey. Our volunteer group helps to ensure that everyone has a safe and wonderful time, share historic and interesting points along the way, and give their all to put a smile on our guests’ face.

Maintaining railroad equipment of any type and age can be a challenging task, at RHMA our staff and volunteers relish that challenge. Our decades of experience in rail preservation can turn most any mechanical dream into a reality, something we prove with every project we complete.


Railroading Heritage of Midwest America does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, sub-contractor, vendors, and clients.