Autumn Conference 2023 - day one

Autumn Conference 2023 - day one

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The 2023 Heritage Railway Association Annual Conference will take place on November 7 and 8 at Crowne Plaza in Newcastle. Please reserve the dates and think about getting in early to book your travel and accommodation. Bookings for the conference will open soon.

With speakers being arranged from Network Rail, Historic England and from across the heritage rail sector, plus a special guest speaker from the USA.

09:00 Arrival, registration and networking

Tea/coffee and refreshments

09:30 Welcome and setting the objectives for the Day

Steve Oates, Chief Exec, HRA

09:40 Technological advancements in oil-firing locomotives. Conversions and lessons learned

Davidson Ward, President of FMW solutions

How recent advances in drafting and combustion technologies make oil firing of steam locomotives an attractive option in the face of rising coal costs

10:20 Climate Change – Time to Take Note … Time for Action!

Three sessions led by speakers from outside heritage rail focusing on the very real issues for heritage and railways

The journey to Net Zero for heritage organisations.

Daniel Miles, Sector to Net Zero Project Lead, Historic England      

10:50 Break – Networking - Tea/Coffee

Tea/coffee and refreshments

11:15 Strategies for Biodiversity

Dr Neil Strong, Biodiversity Strategy Manager, Network Rail

11:45 Heritage resilience to the impacts of extreme weather and climate change  

Lisa Constable, Weather Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation Strategy Manager, Network Rail            

12:15 Options – A choice of sessions in the Stephenson Suite (ground floor) and in the Planet Suite (first floor)

Choice one - Stephenson Suite

12:15 ‘The Regulatory Bit!’ - Standards, Guidance and Sharing

12:15 Establishing Standards

Andy Castledine – Castle & Dean Consulting and Chairman, HRSSB Steering Group

12:25 ‘Pinched with Pride’!

Matt Green, Director of Safety, Compliance and Operations, NYMR

12:30 Developing an effective SMS

Richard Hines, HM Deputy Chief Inspector of Railways, Railway Safety Directorate, ORR

Simon Barber, HM Principal Inspector of Railways, ORR

Choice two - Planet Suite

12:15          Thinking Museum

Dr Mike Galer, General Manager, Crich Tramway Village & National Tramway Museum

A session specifically for those focussing on museums, archives, heritage and interpretation.

13:00          Lunch

… and the opportunity to network with colleagues

14:00 Getting the Best from Volunteers

Securing, retaining and valuing your volunteers

Doug Alldred, Volunteer Development Manager, Isle of Wight  Steam Railway              

14:30 Comps and Privs

Chris Price, Chief Executive, North Yorkshire Moors Railway

14:40 Keynote Speaker - Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay

Introduced by HRA President Lord Faulkner

As the UK Government minister responsible for heritage and a keen advocate of mobile heritage Lord Parkinson will outline where heritage sits within government and highlight the opportunities he sees going forward for heritage rail, including Railway 200.

15:15 Break - Networking - Tea/Coffee

Tea/coffee and refreshments

15:30 To be confirmed …

16:00 HRA Extraordinary General Meeting - See AGM Agenda

16:15 Heritage Railways - A new film

17:15 Round-up, Close and Depart. HRA Chief Exec, Steve Oates

Please note that these agendas are subject to change.

Tickets for the event are available to purchase online now.

Please Note: Tickets will be available for the conference only and do not include for hotel accommodation or any other costs attendees may incur in attending this event.