HRA Spring Conference 2024

HRA Spring Conference 2024

The opportunity to meet and connect with fellow railway professionals.

5/6 March 2024

Venue Cymru, Penrhyn Crescent, Llandudno LL30 1BB

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


View presentations



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 are for the Conference only and do not include hotel accommodation or any other costs attendees may incur in attending this event.)


Headlining our conference are our keynote speakers:

Michael Whitehouse - Chairman, Vintage Trains Charitable Trust

Tina Hughes MBE


Additional speakers and contributors confirmed so far include:

Peter, Lord Hendy of Richmond Hill

Chris Austin - Secretary, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Heritage Rail

Nicola Reincke - Safety & Quality Manager, Llangollen Railway Trust

Sipho Ndlovu - non-executive trustee, Vintage Trains

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

Jon Beardmore - Business Development Manager, Bluebell Rly

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

Nick Griffiths - Safety & Development Manager, Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

Osian Hughes - Marketing Lead, Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

Clive Robey - Level Crossing Manager, West Somerset Railway/Operations Director,

Lynton & Barnstaple Railway

Nick Hill - Mobile Operations Manager, North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Phil Marsh - Railway 200 Special Advisor, GBRTT

Mike Lamport – member, Railway 200 Steering Group

Simon Barber - HM Principal Inspector of Railways, ORR

Luke Ryan - Media Creator, Talyllyn Railway


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.”


New for 2024

Pre-conference visit to Boston Lodge

Monday, 4 March 2024 - From 2pm

Paul Lewin, Director and General Manager, Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways, invites Spring Conference delegates to visit Boston Lodge which is subject to a £5m project, part-funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

This is an opportunity to see the project 3 months ahead of completion and it’s launch tothe public, plus a chance to share insights and lessons learnt.

(If you wish to attend, please email Kaz Spring at the F&WHR at Attendees will need to make their own way to Boston Lodge)

Day 1

Tuesday, 5 March 2024

Topics confirmed or being planned include:

Download full agenda


Day 2

Wednesday, 6 March 2024

Topics confirmed or being planned include:

Download full agenda


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.

Latest news

See all news