About the Association
The American Southwestern Railway Association, Incorporated (ASRA) is a
volunteer-staffed, non-profit educational organization, with tax-exempt status under IRS
section 501(c)(3). ASRA was formed in 1982 for the purpose of preserving the history of
American railroading and to help make that history available to the general public. The
Association has been active in collecting and preserving railroad artifacts since its
founding and from time to time provides those artifacts for special exhibitions. ASRA is
especially proud of a five-month exhibit it mounted in 1984 at the Central Library of
Dallas, Texas and of several recent exhibits at the Travel Town Museum
in Los Angeles.
With the beginning of "The Little Nugget" Restoration Project in 1988, ASRA has
devoted the majority of its energy to projects and activities at the Travel Town Museum.
However, ASRA was also a major participant in the 50th Anniversary Celebrations of the Los
Angeles Union Passenger Terminal in May 1989, for which it mounted an exhibit of
historical artifacts relating to the past eras of railroading in Los Angeles. The
Association also participated in the interpretive exhibits at California State Railroad
Museum's RAILFAIR '91 in Sacramento.
The ASRA is a membership organization and eagerly invites new associates to JOIN, as
either working volunteers or armchair supporters. See "Be a Part" for
Associateship and Volunteer Information.
Our principal educational project...
RAIL HERITAGE SOUTHWEST
Rail Heritage Southwest is a series of interpretive educational exhibits, currently being
developed by the American Southwestern Railway Association for the Travel Town Railroad
Museum in Los Angeles. The exhibits will focus on the historic significance of rail
passenger travel in America during the first half of the Twentieth Century, offering
museum visitors a unique study of the social, economic and scientific trends which helped
our country to develop during this period. The exhibit will incorporate four to five
pieces of full-size railroad rolling stock from the Museum's collection together with
related historic artifacts, photographs, documents and explanatory text. The completed
exhibit is to be housed in a new Interpretive Center, planned for construction at the
Travel Town complex in Los Angeles' Griffith Park.
The Rail Heritage Southwest project is the antithesis of the ASRA and its organizational
goals. We look forward to working on the project - not only as a fulfillment of the
objectives of the Association, but also as an encouragement to ourselves, and others, to
expand those objectives and advance further into the railroad historic preservation
movement. We are proud to be doing our part to make the Los Angeles community a better
place to live and visit.
Contacting the ASRA
For general questions and comments click here.
Gregory C. Gneier, President
Nancy Gneier, Development Director
Michael D. Marquette, V.P./Webmaster
Brad H. Slosar, Restoration Director
American Southwestern Railway Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 39846
Los Angeles, CA 90039
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