About Us

The American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation (APRHF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and promote the role that passenger rail played in the building of this nation. Your tax-deductible contribution as a member will bring us closer to our goal of constructing and maintaining the National Passenger Rail Center and support our ongoing work to preserve passenger train history.

This is a brief rundown of what we do now. The Silver Rails Event Center . This venue holds many weddings and community events each year. It will also be the starting point for our Passenger Rail Heritage Museum when our collection grows.  The Silver Rails Gallery Memorial Library . This gallery has many works of art and photography. It also has one  of a kind wood carvings and an operating model railroad. In the same building, behind the gallery exhibit, is a railroad reference library with many books about Amtrak and a host of out of print periodicals that cover all subjects including interurban and trolley. The Exhibition of Amtrak History.  This Exhibit is our take on preserving Amtraks rich heritage from the rainbow era to modern day operations. The Train watching cabin and deck.  This is fun place to just hang out, visit with friends or family and watch trains. You may want to have a birthday party or picnic at this unique spot.  We have a couple of programs that work outside the confines of La Plata, Missouri. One of them is the Lets Talk Trains Show .  This is a weekly internet radio show with a national scope and is aired each Saturday at 12:00pm CST. The newest program is the Trails and Rails. This program is a partnership between Amtrak and the National Park Service that puts guides on the train from CHI to LAP on select days and narrates the route explaining what you see outside the rails. The APRHF serves as the coordinators for the LAP end of the run.

The APRHF headquarters are in La Plata, Mo but we have a national reach. If you would like to start an APRHF chapter in your local area. Please contact us for more information. We look forward to hearing from you.