Autumn Midweek Conference


Wednesday 8th November 2017


Birmingham Conference & Events Centre



Date and Time: Wednesday 8th November 2017 from 1000 – 1700hrs INCLUDING AN OPTIONAL SESSION OPEN TO EVERYONE INTERESTED IN OPERATING ONTO OR WITH THE NATIONAL NETWORK. This session will follow the end of the previously published timetable.


Venue: The Birmingham Conferences and Events Centre, Hill Street, Birmingham, B5 4EW


Attendees: The audience will include between 60- 100 chairs, directors, trustees, general managers and representatives from HRA's commercial members.


0930   Management team arrive to set up


1000   Delegates welcomed for registration, tea, coffee and pastries


1030   Keynote Address: How ORR restructuring will affect the heritage sector, concerns  about rolling stock maintenance, concerns about communications within and  between heritage railways - Ian Prosser Chief Inspecting Officer HMRI


1100   Using good communications to improve business both within and between heritage  railways, a practical session offering ideas delegates can take back and use on  their own railways – Peter Gover, UK Hydrographic Office, MoD


1200  Working with other industrial heritage attractions to drive  business – Jonathan Lloyd  European Routes of Industrial Heritage


1230  Working with other tourist attractions and transport partners to drive business –  Steve Oates and the Isle of Wight team


1300  Lunch


1400  The Electric Railway Museum – Are being evicted from their site and need our help –  Ian Brown Chairman ERM


1430 Effective Fund Raising: Making successful public appeals and bids to potential  funding partners – Roger Kelly, Bluebell Railway


1500  Working with Network Rail: Revised Disposal of Redundant Railway Assets (DORRA)  training opportunities, volunteer assistance and other developments in the pipe line  from NR - Martin Bastiani, Programme Manager Business Improvements


1530 Removing track discharge lavatories on trains


i. A supplier who can provide retention tank systems


ii. A railway engineering company that can either do the work or offer technical support


iii. A train guard – with real time experience, good and bad


Working on and with the national network, Hugh Harkett, and Philip Benham will describe the work of the recently formed HRA Main Line Committee, and the co-operation between North Norfolk Railway, North Yorkshire Moors Railway, and Network Rail in this special extra session.


1700hrs – Close of Day


Mark Smith

Vice chairman HRA


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