Heritage Railway Association

Setting the Standards


HRA Carriage Maintenance Workshop

10th October 2018 - The Met, Bury Town Centre (close to the East Lancs Railway)

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Supported by the ORR and designed for engineering personnel from all heritage railways, this is an important workshop for those with responsibility for carriage maintenance.

The workshop will cover Mk1s but it will be equally relevant to pre-Mk1 standard gauge stock and narrow gauge stock, and will aim to:

  • Improve our corporate industry knowledge on Mk1s and carriage stock in general

  • Begin the process to set the standards for heritage carriage maintenance and restorations

  • Take into account that vehicles are working way beyond their anticipated working life

  • Provide information and data to enable the HRA Ops and Safety Committee to produce appropriate Guidance Notes

The workshop will be led by three very experienced practitioners from heritage railways, each of whom will focus on different eras of carriage stock

Our Key Speakers:


Lee Kenny - Head of Engineering at the East Lancs Railway
Len Pullinger - Independent consultant and former CME, Isle of Wight Steam Railway
Norman Bond - Former head of carriage rolling stock, Ffestiniog Railway

We anticipate the event may include a speaker from the ORR

Workshop Content

The intent of the workshop is to widely share as much safety, maintenance and best-practice information as possible.

Items to be covered is likely to include:

  • Body and under frame strength and the effects of rot, rust and corrosion

  • Safety and stability in the event of impact

  • Door lock maintenance

  • Riding heights

  • Brake systems maintenance

  • Couplings maintenance

  • Keeping the rain/sea out

  • Effective modern paints and varnishes

  *   And, remembering these are the vehicles our visitors ride in, cleanliness and presentation to the public

The workshop will take place on one day and will comprise short presentations, interactive workshop discussion sessions and sharing of ideas.

Booking Information

Workshop Fee £50 (inc VAT) per person to include refreshments and lunch. 

If you have any queries, please get in touch with Steve Oates    steve.oates@hra.uk.com