The Abilene Smoky Valley Railroad is excited to announce they have entered into a multi-year agreement with Heritage Rail Management a subsidiary of American Heritage Railways, to expand operations, strengthen ridership, and advance the organization’s mission of education and historic preservation. Heritage Rail Management provides rail consulting services, management, and rail car leasing. American Heritage Railways is the holding company for entities such as the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Rail Events Incorporated, Rail Events Productions, Old Tucson, and other tourism and hospitality-related companies around the world. The Abilene Smoky Valley Railroad has historically carried around 7,000 passengers annually between its excursion operations and special events. According to Ross Boelling GM of The Abilene Smoky Valley Railroad they are looking to expand ridership numbers, introduce new events, and grow their operations.