Heritage Railway Association

HRA Events


HRA Autumn Tour - 13th 14th 15th September 2019

The 2019 event will be based in Criccieth North Wales

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!


Autumn Seminar & Management Forum
Tuesday/Wednesday 29th & 30th October

Please note that this a week earlier (week 44) than our usual first week in November slot

The Autumn Seminars and Management Forums follow almost the same lines as the Spring event, but without a General Meeting, unless specifically needed. On the first day there will be a Seminar relating to a single issue, followed on the second day by a Forum aimed at General Managers, Board members, Trustees 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


HRA 2020 Awards and Annual Dinner

Saturday 8th February 2020

This superb event is where you will find out who has won one of our many awards.  The ceremony and  dinner are held in the prestigious 4 star Burlington Hotel, just outside Birmingham New St. Station, 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, which will be presented just after dinner.

The doors will open promptly at 1745 and the dress code is lounge suits for gentlemen but more and more of our guests each year are choosing to wear black tie. Ladies may make their own choice, cocktail dresses, or long, but we do not need ball gowns. As we are aiming to finish just after 2300, we will be sitting down to dinner at 1845

For the list of previous HRA Awards, and the Editor's winners, take a look at our Awards Page 

We shall sit down to Dinner at 1845

Spring Seminar - March 2020

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.

For this years seminar the topic is Heritage and Fundraising, with presentations orgainsed by the HRA’s Heritage and Business Development Committees.

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.

AGM and Spring Management Forum - March 2020

The Forum events are held twice a year, and the March Event includes the HRA’s formal AGM. The forum 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.

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.