Our History

In 2005, a group of engineers, businessmen, and railroaders came together to start the American Steam Railroad Preservation Association (ASR).

In 2012, ASR purchased the Frisco 2-8-2 no. 1352. ASR has since transferred ownership to a new owner in a private transaction.

Frisco 2-8-2 1352
Reading T1 no. 2100

In 2014, ASR signed a multi-year lease for the Reading T1 no. 2100, which was then moved from Richland, WA to Cleveland, OH, for restoration back to operating condition.

In 2016, ASR purchased the ex-NYC baggage car no. 9110 from the Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum, to be converted into a Tool & Crew Car.

ex-NYC baggage car no. 9110

Since 2015, generous donors and our all volunteer staff, have given, raised, or provided in labor value, over $1.4 million towards our restoration projects.