Heritage Railway Association

Events Booking Office

March Seminar and AGM and Conference

Both events will be in the Horton Suite, Macdonald Burlington Hotel, Birmingham.
Bothe meetings will start at 1030 and the doors will open at 0945 with pastries, teas and coffee

Tuesday 06 March 2018

This seminar will focus on helping smaller organisations manage their businesses.
Hugh Harkett with Andrew Munden (GM at the NNR) will be leading the day and Items covered will include:

Introduction to Strategic Planning - importance of a road map etc.
Vision and Mission - statement of intent of the enterprise
Key Railway Strategies including Financial Goals
Railway Strategies devolved into....
·       Financial Plan
·       Commercial Plan
·       Engineering Plan (Locos and C&W)
·       Infrastructure Plan Track; S&T; Buildings)
·       Safety Management System - How Strategic Plan fits into SMS
·       Implementing Strategies
·       Budgeting (including Capital Budgets)
·       Monitoring Performance
·       Role of Board of Directors - possible devolution of strategies through Strategic Committees

Meeting start 1030

HRA AGM & Management Conference
Wednesday 07 March 2018

The AGM will take place at the start of the day and when the formal meeting ends, there will be the
Management Conference for Directors, Senior Managers and Trustees.

Presentations will include:

·       Data Protection - a Workshop on Preparing for Change - 80 days to GDPR    by Peter Milford and Ian Reed.
·       ‘Operation Helping Hand’ - The unique partnership between NYMR and NNR on main line running    by Philip Benham
·       The Visitor Experience and Working with Secondary Attractions - Steve Oates (Isle of Wight Railway Chairman) & Peter Vail (GM)

There will be general discussions and a real chance to network with and meet colleagues from our industry.

NOTE:  The originally suggested  visit by the Rail Minister is not going ahead, due to the January Government reshuffle.




Scottish Forum

10th-11th March 2018

Richmond Park Hotel,
26 Linlithgow Road,
Bo'ness, EH51 0DN

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Autumn Weekend
Isle of Man

Friday Saturday Sunday
September 14/15/16 2018

Douglas - Isle of Man

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November Seminar & Conference

Wednesday 07 November 2018

Thursday 08 November 2018

Please note that this is a change from the normal as the days are Wednesday and Thursday

Macdonald Burlington Hotel, Birmingham

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General information about our events

HRA Awards and Annual Dinner

This superb event is where you will find out who has won one of our many awards.  The ceremony and  dinner are held in a prestigious 4 star hotel, and the food will of course be excellent – Why not come along and meet lots of other people from our sector, and if you are lucky, if you have been nominated, maybe even receive one of our awards.  Nominations appear on our Awards pages in November each year.

2019 event will be at the Burlington Hotel in Birmingham and will be on 09 February

March Seminar

The HRA Seminars are held twice a year – Spring and Autumn.  Each Seminar majors on a specific theme with several presentations from either external experts, or from our own Members.

The whole day is intended to inform our members about the chosen subjects, but there is also a good chance to network with other representatives about the issues of the day.

March Management Conference & AGM

Again these are held twice a year, but the theme for this day is “business and management” and in particular the management of your Railways or Attractions. The day is aimed at Chairmen, Trustees and General Managers – and all those with a responsibility for safe and successful running of their attractions or organisations.

Speakers are chosen specifically for the interest of “management” and quite often there will be an important presentation by the ORR, or Network Rail, or one of the other industry stakeholders, and several other important contributions. Not to be missed, if you are in a position of responsibility.

Networking is another extremely important part of the event, and there will be representatives from the largest, the most successful operations through to new starters in our industry.

Although only taking up a small portion of the morning, this is the day that we hold our HRA AGM, and important decisions are taken, about how the HRA is run and how we may help you – our members.

Autumn Weekend

This is billed as a being partly a social gathering, and of course it succeeds as that, but there is a core of real value, as it is a chance to not only meet with other HRA members, over the long weekend, but to visit several Railways and Attractions, with a group of other interested representatives. 

These visits enable everyone to learn about how colleagues achieve their successes and of course deal with their issues, and there are usually behind the scenes tours which normally you wouldn’t get a chance to take part in.

A real learning opportunity for all, with some real enjoyment thrown in!

Friday Saturday Sunday
September 14/15/16 2018

Douglas - Isle of Man

November Seminar & Management Conference

The Autumn Seminars and Management Conferences follow almost the same lines as the Spring event. On the first day there will be a Seminar relating to a single issue, followed on the second day by a Conference aimed at General Managers, Board members, and Managerial Teams.

They are again held on consecutive days, but the only real change is that in the Autumn there normally no need for a General Meeting. Occasionally specific issues crop up, that need decisions by members, but where possible these are kept to the AGM in March

For 2018 the Seminar will be on Tuesday 06 November and the Conference will be on  Wednesday 07 November 2018

The location will be the Macdonald Burlington Hotel, Birmingham - just outside New Street Station