NERA was formed in 1961 to cater for all enthusiasts interested in the railways of north eastern England, the North Eastern Railway, the Hull & Barnsley Railway, from their successors, and also the smaller independent and industrial railways that operated alongside the main line system.
Interests cover all aspects of operations - locomotives, rolling stock, train services, stations, signalling, shipping, road vehicles, etc. - both for the general enthusiast and the model maker.
Meetings are held throughout the year at centres such as York, Darlington, Leeds, Hull and London. A supporting programme of outdoor visits, walks and tours is also arranged.