Permanently Preserving Northern Ohio's Railroad and
A Lifetime Interest in Railroads
Many of us in the Northern Ohio area have engaged in, as our life's interest,
the collection and preservation of railroad and rail transit materials.
As we get older one question looms above all others - what can be done
to assure that the materials are kept safe, are appreciated, and will
go on to assist future historians in the continuing quest to properly
display and interpret rail history.
Memberships in Various Railroad Organizations
Some of us carry memberships in several of the many organizations in the
area which are dedicated to the enjoyment and preservation of railroad
and rail transit history. These groups range from those who build and
collect models to those who restore, maintain and operate railroad and
transit equipment. Included are those who either take or collect photographs,
collect, draw or research maps, write histories, amass reports on railroads
or restore artifacts of railroads. There are also those who are actively
involved in the operation and upkeep of today's railroads and rail transit
systems and the labor unions representing them, or who have retired from
them and want to keep active.
One Organization to Network All the Organizations
All of these groups or clubs have publications, activities, work sessions,
banquets and special events. They also all are involved in "train
shows" and in attracting or sponsoring conventions respective to
the interest of some aspect of railroading. Still other associations are
involved in producing written or visual material of rail interest or history.
There has long been a need in the northern Ohio area for a bonding society
to help knit together all of the various railroad organizations and to
help promote and coordinate those interests to the community and the region.
The Northern Ohio Association of Railway Societies (NOARS) has
been formed for these purposes. First, a blanket organization with a desire
to help all area `rail groups' communicate with each other and to promote
their common interests in the community. Second, to help eliminate the
common problem of seeing railroad collections hopelessly dispersed by
providing a safe and centrally located alternative for accessibility and
perpetuation of railroad collections.