HRA Spring Conference 2024

HRA Spring Conference 2024

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The opportunity to meet and connect with fellow railway professionals.

5/6 March 2025

Venue Cymru, Penrhyn Crescent, Llandudno LL30 1BB

This event is kindly sponsored by The Railway Magazine and Heritage Railway Magazine.

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With the 2024 season upon us, our Spring Conference opens-up the issues facing heritage rail, asks the awkward questions and discusses how we refresh, re-invent and prosper.

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

What previous attendees had to say about HRA conferences:

“The chance to get away from the everyday business of the railway and to meet others facing the same challenges as we are."

“The opportunity to meet and connect with fellow railway professionals.”

“Excellent programme - well worth attending.”

“The range of speakers and topics covered was excellent and very interesting, and I came away with a number of ideas which could be used.”

“Good range of topics covered to a good quality”

“This was the first one that I have ever attended and I came away with the perception that this was a good use of my time.”

Day 1

Tuesday, 5 March 2024

Topics confirmed or being planned include:

• Differing perspectives on safety and safety management

• Establishing standards

• Level crossings – drafting a standard

• Falls from height

• The regulatory bit

– Change management

- Level crossing signage

- Preparing for the season

• A need, a want or a vanity project? - Case study on refocussing and reshaping a heritage railway for the next decade

• Opportunity for a visit to Middle Station on the Great Orme Tramway


Day 2

Wednesday, 6 March 2024

Topics confirmed or being planned include:

• ‘Ninety seconds to midnight’ – The imperatives for changing direction, working together and delivering what people want to buy

• The Panel – airing the issues raised and offering solutions

• A Vision for Railway 200 – Bluebell Railway

• Railway 200 - Workshop on the opportunities ahead

• Thinking museum - What actually is a Museum?

• Vehicles, archive and artefacts – Understanding their value

• The HRA’s 2024 Annual General Meeting

The full programme is still being finalised and is therefore subject to amendment as circumstances in finalising speakers and topics may dictate.

Both days present an excellent opportunity for meeting, networking and sharing information and ideas with colleagues from other HRA Members.

Tea/coffee and a buffet lunch will be provided on both days.

This is the event not to be missed if you are in a position of responsibility at your heritage railway, tramway or rolling stock group.

For those staying overnight on Monday and/or Tuesday, a nearby pub venue is being organised to ensure there will be plenty of opportunity to meet and network with friends and colleagues during the evenings.

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