Heritage Railway Association

Events Booking Office


General information about our Annual events

HRA 2019 Awards and Annual Dinner

09 February 2019

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.

The 2019 event will be at the Burlington Hotel in Birmingham - just outside New Street Station

The pre-dinner reception hosted by Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways starts at 1815 with the dinner itself starting at 1845


We have this year reserved a number of rooms at the Burlington Hotel for anyone who is attending the Dinner, and the rooms can be booked by calling or emailing Emma Fantom at the Hotel on 0121 633 1715 events3.burlington@macdonald-hotels.co.uk You should quote HERI090220
(this code cannot be used for internet bookings)

The rooms are at a really excellent price of £109 b&b for single or double occupancy, but there is a fixed number available. it will be first come - first served! And - you must book before 04 January


March Seminar - Tuesday March 5th 2019

At the Burlington Hotel, Birmingham - just outside New Street Station

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 - March 6th 2019

At the Burlington Hotel, Birmingham - just outside New Street Station

These events are held twice a year, and include the HRA’s formal AGM. The conference 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.

A small amount of time will be taken up by our HRA AGM, and important decisions are taken, about how the HRA is run and how we may help you – our members.


This is a preliminary notice that our 2019 Annual General Meeting will be held at 1030 on Wednesday, 6th March 2019 at the Macdonald Burlington Hotel, Burlington Arcade, 126 New Street, Birmingham B2 4JQ, preceding the spring Management Conference which will be held on the same day.
The formal Agenda, 2017/2018 Financial Year Accounts and other papers for the meeting will be distributed in due course nearer to the date of the event. A reminder that the procedure for nominating a new candidate for election as a Director (other than a candidate proposed by the Board) is that Notice of the nomination should be given to the Company Secretary during a period not exceeding 90 days nor less than 56 days (Wed 9th. January) prior to the AGM.
Nominations may be made by members of the Association and should include a confirmation by the candidate of his/her willingness to stand for election.Nominations should be intimated to the Company Secretary by email to
peter.ovenstone@hra.uk.com or by post to our new Registered Office: The Railway Station, Havenstreet, Ryde, Isle of Wight. PO33 4DS.

Representatives of HRA members may attend the AGM at no cost, but there will be a charge for those who would like stay on for the Management Conference.

Autumn Weekend - September 2019

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 network, and meet with other HRA members over the 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!

The 2019 event will be based in Criccieth North Wales - The September date will be announced on this page

November Seminar & Management Conference
Tuesday/Wednesday 5th & 6th November

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

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