American Railway Association

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American Railway Association
Abbreviation ARA
Formation 1892
Extinction 1934
Type Trade Association
Legal status Defunct
Purpose Advocate for railroad industry
Region served
North America
Railroads and associates
Official language

The American Railway Association (ARA) was an industry trade group representing railroads in the United States. The organization had its inception in meetings of General Managers and ranking railroad operating officials known as Time Table Conventions, the first of which was held on October 1, 1872, at Louisville, Kentucky. In 1875, the group changed its name to General Time Convention and in October 1892, to American Railway Association. In January 1919, ten separate groups of operating officers were amalgamated with the association and carried on their activities as divisions, sections or committees of the larger group.

On October 12, 1934, the ARA ceased to exist, having joined with several other railroad industry trade groups to merge into the Association of American Railroads.


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  1. ^ Haines, Henry S., American Railway Management, Addresses Delivered before the American Railway Management Association, New York, John Wiley & Sons, 1907
  2. ^ "Steel Rail Problem" (PDF). The New York Times. October 31, 1907. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  3. ^ "Transportation and Car Accounting Officers". Railway age gazette. New York: Simmons-Boardman Pub. Corp. 59 (Google Books Digitized January 9, 2007): 26. Jul–Dec 1915. OCLC 166345218. 
  4. ^ "Committee to Cope with Car Shortage" (PDF). The New York Times. February 3, 1917. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  5. ^ a b "Willard to Head Board" (PDF). The New York Times. January 7, 1921. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  • James Truslow Adams (1940). Dictionary of American History. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. 

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