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Events

The list below includes low-price or free events for volunteers such as Railfuture members, including our own Railfuture conferences, and also expensive conferences organised by professionals.

2014


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60th anniversary year of formation of Society for the Reinvigoration of Unremunerative Branch Lines UK, later the Railway Invigoration Society, which with the Railway Development Association were Railfuture's predecessors.

April


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17 April 2014. Thursday. Workshop for Rail User Groups on consultation. Location: Manchester, M1 2WD. 11.00-15.00. Contact: PF

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19 April 2014. Saturday. Ballot closes in election of three from six candidates to be Board Directors until May 2017. More info: Elections and 2014 AGM

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19 April 2014. Saturday. 25th anniversary guided walks. More info: FoSCL

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20 April 2014. Sunday. 25th anniversary guided walk. More info: FoSCL

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23 April 2014. Wednesday. "Great Western electrification". Speaker: Stuart Baker. Location: Chichester, PO19 1RQ. 19.30. More info: RCTS

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23 April 2014. Wednesday. 25th anniversary guided walk. More info: FoSCL

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24 April 2014. Thursday. "Zone 1 and beyond". Speaker: Jim Steer. Location: London, N7 8DB. 17.45 for 18.30 start. Booking required for this free event. More info: CILT

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26 April 2014. Saturday. 25th anniversary guided walks. More info: FoSCL

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26 April 2014. Saturday. Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line AGM at Hallmark Hotel, Carlisle (outside Carlisle Citadel station). 11.45. Speaker Martin Wilks of Freightliner. More info: FoSCL

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26 April 2014. Saturday. Open meeting organised by London and South East regional branch. Speakers: Chris Austin (Heritage Rail), Chris MacCrae (Spa Valley Railway) Graham Baldwin (Kent & East Sussex Railway). Falkender Room, Commonwealth Hall, 1-11 Cartwright Gardens, London WC1H 9EB. 10.00-12.30. More info: L&SE. Contact: RfLSE

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26 April 2014. Saturday. Railfuture South Wales branch AGM at the Quaker Meeting House, 43 Charles Street, Cardiff CF10 2GB. 13.15-15.15. More info: RFSWa

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26 April 2014. Saturday. Railfuture freight group meeting at Victoria pub, 10A Straithearn Place, Paddington, London W2 2NH. 13.00. More info: [mailto:”freight@railfuture.org.uk”||RFF]

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26 April 2014. Saturday. AGM of London and South East regional branch. Falkender Room, Commonwealth Hall, 1-11 Cartwright Gardens, London WC1H 9EB. 14.00. More info: L&SE. Contact: RfLSE

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27 April 2014. Sunday. 25th anniversary guided walks. More info: FoSCL

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28 April 2014. Monday. "Great Western electrification". Speaker: Network Rail. Location: Maidenhead SL6 3AX. 19.30. More info: RCTS

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28 April 2014. Monday. Rail Safety Summit at Royal College of Physicians, London. More info: RSS

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29 April 2014. Tuesday. Workshop for Rail User Groups on consultation. Location: Birmingham, B1 2ND. 11.00-15.00. Contact: PF

29 April to 1 May 2014. Tuesday-Thursday. Multimodal 2014 at NEC Birmingham. More info: Multimodal

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30 April 2014. Wednesday. Running on the Rails by Jan Holdstock cantata. Combined school choirs at Giggleswick School BD24 0DE. Performances at 13.30 and 18.30. £2. More info: foscl or rwt

May


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Announcements of winning bidders for new Essex Thamesside and combined Thameslink/Southern/Great Northern franchises due this month.

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1 May 2014. Thursday. London and South East regional branch, Sussex and Coastway division meeting. 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway.

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1 May 2014. Thursday. "Amtrak, the north-east corridor and future of InterCity passenger rail in the US". Speaker: Stephen Gardner, Vice-President, AMTRAK. Location: London, W1 6JJ. 18.00 for 18.30 start. Booking required for this free event. More info: CILT

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2 May 2014. Friday. Talk by Stan Abbot, co-author of The Line that Refused to Die, at Victoria Hall, Settle 19.15. £3. Part of the Ride2stride walking festival. More info: foscl

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3 May 2014. Saturday. The Robbie Burns Express from Cheshire to Dumfries, Kilmarnock and Ayr. More info: RBE

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7 May 2014. Wednesday. Workshop for Rail User Groups on consultation. Location: London, EC4Y 8JX. 11.00-15.00. Contact: PF

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7 May 2014. Wednesday. Railfuture Thames Valley AGM at King's Centre, Osney Mead, Oxford OX2 0ES. 19.00. Speaker: Mike Hogg of First Great Western on plans for Oxford station. More info: RfTV

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7 May 2014. Wednesday. Bedford to Bletchley Rail Users Association heritage walk around Berkhamsted. Travel on 09.33 train from Bedford and the 10.27 train from Bletchley. Includes viewing some original stone sleepers from London and Birmingham Railway of 1837. More info: bbrua

8 May 2014. Thursday. Edenbridge & District Rail Travellers Association open AGM at the WI Hall, Edenbridge. 19.00.

9 May 2014. Friday. Active Travel Promotion in Bedford. Presentation by Yo Higton, Sustrans Bedford 'Access to Stations’ project coordinator at Friends Meeting House, 5 Lansdowne Road, Bedford, MK40 2BY. 19.30. Followed by Cycle Campaign for Bedford AGM. More info: CCNB

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10 May 2014. Saturday. Railfuture AGM at Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James Street, Sheffield S1 2EW. Speaker: Labour's shadow transport secretary Mary Creagh MP. 11.00. More info: AGM 2014; see also conferences.

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12 May 2014. Monday. "Crossrail so far". Speaker: Richard Storer, Community Relations Manager. Location: Ashford, TN23 1RD. 18.30 for 19.30 start. More info: RCTS

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12 May 2014. Monday. Bexhill Rail Action Group meeting at Hastings Direct, Collington, TN39 3LW. 19.00. More info: BRAG and ESRA

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12-16 May 2014. Monday-Friday. Walk to Work Week promoted by Living Streets. More info: LS

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13 May 2014. Tuesday. Association of Community Rail Partnerships members’ spring seminar for the North of England in York. More info: acorp

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14 May 2014. Wednesday. London and South East regional branch, Eastern division meeting. 18.30. More info: Eastern.

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14-16 May 2014. Wednesday-Friday. Global Air Rail conference in Oslo. More info: airrail

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14-16 May 2014. Wednesday-Friday. Three day MBA course in London organised by Terrapin Training. More info: TMBA

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17 May 2014. Saturday. London and South East regional branch, Kent division meeting. 14.00. More info: Kent.

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17 May 2014. Saturday. East Suffolk Travellers Association AGM at St Mary’s Church Hall, Steeple End, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 8LL. More info: ESTA

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18 May 2014. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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19 May 2014. Monday. "Railways of Lewes". Location: Brighton BN1 4QS. 19.30. More info: RCTS

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19-23 May 2014. Monday-Friday. Walk to School Week promoted by Living Streets. More info: LS

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20 May 2014. Tuesday. Association of Community Rail Partnerships members’ spring seminar for the South of England in London. More info: acorp

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20 May 2014. Tuesday. "High Speed 2: benefits for The North?". Speaker: Nigel Harris, Managing Editor Rail Magazine. Location: Manchester, M1 5JG. 18.00 for 18.30 start. Booking required for this free event. More info: CILT

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20 May 2014. Tuesday. "Heritage operations on a rapid transit network". Speaker: Andy Barr, Heritage Operations Manager, London Underground. Location: Redhill, RH1 1NN. 18.30 for 19.00 start. Booking required for this free event. More info: CILT

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20-22 May 2014. Tuesday-Thursday. Infrarail, Earls Court, London SW5 9TA. 10.00-17.00 Tuesday-Wednesday. 10.00-16.00 Thursday. More info: Infrarail

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21 May 2014. Wednesday. Association of Community Rail Partnerships conference Community Rail in the City. More info: acorp

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21 May 2014. Wednesday. 25th anniversary guided walk. More info: FoSCL

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22 May 2014. Thursday. Local and European Community elections.

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24 May 2014. Saturday. 25th anniversary guided walk. More info: FoSCL

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24 May 2014. Saturday. Railfuture Board meeting, Carrs Lane Church Centre, Birmingham. Contact: Lloyd Butler

24-26 May 2014. Saturday-Monday. Darlington Festival of Food culminating in the Locomotion Cake Parade recreates the 1825 32-carriage train on Monday 26 May. Contact: simon

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27 May 2014. Tuesday. "The Wensleydale Railway" - see WR. Location: Welwyn Garden City, AL7 3PN. 13.30 for 14.00 start. More info: RCTS

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31 May 2014. Saturday. 25th anniversary guided walk. More info: FoSCL

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31 May 2014. Saturday. Friends of the Far North Line AGM and conference at the Conon Bridge Hotel, 10 mins from Conan Bridge station. 11.30. More info: FOFNL

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Announcements of winning bidders for new Essex Thamesside and combined Thameslink/Southern/Great Northern franchises were due this month.

June


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1 June 2014. Sunday. 25th anniversary visit to Armathwaite restored signal box and guided walk. More info: FoSCL

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3 June 2014. Tuesday. "New trains for London's Underground". Speaker: from Bombardier. Location: Derby DE24 8AD. 14.00 for 14.15 start. Booking required for this free event. More info: CILT

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4 June 2014. Wednesday. Rail Freight Group conference in London. More info: rfg

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7 June 2014. Saturday. "Seaford 150" - events to celebrate 150th anniversary of Seaford branch. More info: SCRP

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7 June 2014. Saturday. London & South East regional branch, Surrey division meeting at 10.30 in Redhill. More info: Surrey

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7 June 2014. Saturday. Bedford to Bletchley Rail Users Association day out by train to Canterbury with optional trip on the Kent & East Sussex Railway. Details and booking form: bbrua

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9 June 2014. Monday. Bexhill Rail Action Group meeting at Hastings Direct, Collington, TN39 3LW. 19.00. More info: BRAG and ESRA

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10 June 2014. Tuesday. "Merseyrail rolling stock procurement". Speaker: David Powell, Project Director - Rolling Stock, Merseyrail. Location: Liverpool, L1 1JF. 18.00 for 18.30 start. Booking required for this free event. More info: CILT

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11 June 2014. Wednesday. 25th anniversary guided walk. More info: FoSCL

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11-13 June 2014. Wednesday-Friday. Next Generation Rail conference at Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester. More info: NGR

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15 June 2014. Sunday. Avocet Line Users outing to the Dartmoor Railway. More info: ALU

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17 June 2014. Tuesday. Workshop for Rail User Groups on consultation. Location: York, YO24 1AQ. 11.00-15.00. Contact: PF

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17 June 2014. Tuesday. "The Bluebell Railway". Speakers: Infrastructure Manager, Bluebell Railway. Location: East Grinstead. 17.45 for 18.00 start. Booking required for this event. More info: CILT

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18-19 June 2014. Wednesday-Thursday. RAIL Live at Long Marston, Warwickshire. Network Rail showcase for railway infrastructure. 09.30-17.00 More info: RAIL Live

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21 June 2014. Saturday. Railfuture summer conference at the University Centre, Granta Place, Mill Lane, Cambridge CB2 1RU. More info: conferences.

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21 June 2014. Saturday. Railfuture North West meeting at Station Hotel, Preston. Contact: RfNW

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21 June 2014. Saturday. 25th anniversary guided walk. More info: FoSCL

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21 June 2014. Saturday. D-Day commemorations on the Lymington-Brockenhurst Line. More info: FLBL

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21 June 2014. Saturday. Living Streets annual supporters conference in London. More info: LS

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24 June 2014. Tuesday. Workshop for Rail User Groups on consultation. Location: Stirling, FK8 2JS. 11.00-15.00. Contact: PF

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24-25 June 2014. Tuesday-Wednesday. UK Rail conference, London. More info: UKR

27 June 2014. Friday. Modern Railways' Fourth Friday Club, with Railway Industry Innovation Awards. More info: 4Friday

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27-29 June 2014. Friday-Sunday. Dentdale music and beer festival sponsored by Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line. More info: foscl

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28 June 2014. Saturday. 25th anniversary guided walk. More info: FoSCL

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29 June 2014. Sunday. 5th anniversary of start of domestic services on HS1.

30 June 2014. Monday. Infrastructure in Wales conference in Cardiff. More info: PFW

July


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1 July 2014. Tuesday. "Transport and the General Election". Speaker: Sir Peter Hendy CBE, Commissioner of Transport, TfL. Location: Sussex Downs College, Lewes, BN7 2XH. 18.30 for 19.00 start. Booking required for this free event. More info: CILT

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3 July 2014. Thursday. "From despair to hope - the revival of Britain's railways from Beeching to HS2". Speaker: Lord Richard Faulkner. Location: Milton Keynes, MK11 1BE. 19.30. More info: RCTS.
Lord Faulkner is co-author with Chris Austin OBE of "Holding the line - how Britain's railways were saved" available at a discount here: Railfuture shop

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8 July 2014. Tuesday. Workshop for Rail User Groups on consultation. Location: Abergavenny, NP7 9SP. 11.00-15.00. Contact: PF

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9 July 2014. Wednesday. Friends of Settle-Carlisle Line event at Ribblehead in collaboration with Natural England. More info: foscl

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9 Juy 2014. Wednesday. London and South East regional branch, Eastern division meeting. 18.30. More info: Eastern.

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14 July 2014. Monday. Bexhill Rail Action Group meeting at Hastings Direct, Collington, TN39 3LW. 19.00. More info: BRAG and ESRA

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17 July 2014. Thursday. Workshop for Rail User Groups on consultation. Location: Exeter, EX4 4HY. 11.00-15.00. Contact: PF

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20 July 2014. Sunday. Possible Sunday service on Bedford-Bletchley branch line for Bedford River Festival. More info: MVCR

August


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6 August 2014. Wednesday. Friends of Settle-Carlisle Line event at Ribblehead in collaboration with Natural England. More info: foscl

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11 August 2014. Monday. Bexhill Rail Action Group meeting at Hastings Direct, Collington, TN39 3LW. 19.00. More info: BRAG and ESRA

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15 August 2014. Saturday. London and South East regional branch, Kent division meeting. 14.00. More info: Kent

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27 August 2014. Wednesday. Friends of Settle-Carlisle Line event at Ribblehead in collaboration with Natural England. More info: foscl

September


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1 September 2014. Monday. Nationalisation of Network Rail, becoming "a central government body in the public sector". More info: DfT

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6-7 September 2014. Saturday-Sunday. Railfuture at Grantham Rail Show model railway exhibition at Walton Girls High School, Kitty Briggs Lane, off Harlaxton Avenue, Grantham. Contact: RfL

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8 September 2014. Monday. Bexhill Rail Action Group meeting at Hastings Direct, Collington, TN39 3LW. 19.00. More info: BRAG and ESRA

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10 September 2014. Wednesday. London and South East regional branch, Eastern division meeting. 18.30. More info: Eastern.

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11 September 2014. Thursday. Stakeholders briefing on Western Route Study in Rooms 1&2, Bristol Parkway Training Centre adjacent to Bristol Parkway station. 11.00-13.00. Contact: WRS

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13 September 2014. Saturday. Railfuture Board meeting. Contact: Lloyd Butler

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14 September 2014. Sunday. Commencement of new 15-year Essex Thamesside and 7-year combined Thameslink/Southern/Great Northern franchises.

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29 September-1 October 2014. Monday-Wednesday, European Transport Conference at Campus Westend, Goethe University, Frankfurt. More info: AET

October


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2 October 2014. Thursday. Community Rail Awards ceremony in Scarborough. Association of Community Rail Partnerships. More info: acorp

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6 October 2014. Monday. "The history of Network South East". Speaker: Chris Green. Location: Ashford, TN23 1RD. 18.30 for 19.30 start. More info: RCTS

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28-30 October 2014. Tuesday-Thursday. Exporail in Moscow. More info: exporail

November


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Government's announcement of the chosen route for phase 2 of HS2 planned for late-2014.

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1 November 2014. Saturday. Railfuture autumn conference, in London. More info: conferences.

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5 November 2014. Wednesday. Station adoption seminar at ScotRail offices, Atrium Court, 50 Waterloo Street, Glasgow G2 6HQ. More info: acorp

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11 November 2014. Tuesday. Association of Community Rail Partnerships members’ seminar for the North of England in York. More info: acorp

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12 November 2014. Wednesday. London and South East regional branch, Eastern division meeting. 18.30. More info: Eastern.

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14 November 2014. Friday. 20th anniversary of the start of services to and from Waterloo International.

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18 November 2014. Tuesday. Association of Community Rail Partnerships members’ seminar for the South of England in London. More info: acorp

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21 November 2014. Saturday. London and South East regional branch, Kent division meeting. 18.00. More info: Kent

28 November 2014. Friday. Modern Railways' Fourth Friday Club, with 'Golden Spanners' Awards. More info: 4Friday

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29 November 2014. Saturday. Railfuture Board meeting. Contact: Lloyd Butler

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30 November 2014. Sunday. 5th anniversary of start of domestic HS1 services calling at Stratford International.

December


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14 December 2014. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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18 December2014. Thursday. Bedford to Bletchley Rail Users Association Christmas Special. Speaker: Chris Green, former managing director of Network SouthEast. Details and booking form: bbrua

2015


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35th anniversary year of Railfuture-organised first-ever national conference of Rail Users Groups.

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Target date for Royal Assent for the Hybrid Bill for phase 1 of HS2, containing legal powers to construct and operate.

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Train services start from London Marylebone to Oxford Parkway as the first stage of Chiltern Railways Evergreen3 project.
More info: CR

February


16 February 2015. Monday. 50th anniversary of publication of "The Development of the Major Railway Trunk Routes". More info: Beeching-2 and Beeching biog.

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1 March 2015. Sunday. Commencement of new Inter-City East Coast franchise.

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17-18 March 2015. Tuesday-Wednesday. Middle East Rail conference in Dubai. MER

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17-19 March 2015. Tuesday-Thursday. Rail-Tech 2015 at Jaarbeurs Utrecht. Contact: info@rail-tech.com

May


7 May 2015. Thursday. UK General and local elections.

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16 May 2015. Saturday. Railfuture AGM.

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17 May 2015. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

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Greater Anglia Metro services between Liverpool Street and Shenfield to be transferred to Crossrail concession operator. More info:crossrail

June


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Birmingham New Street station redevelopment, final phase completes. More info: BNS

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Borders Railway opens. More info: Borders.

December


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13 December 2015. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2016


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Train services from London Marylebone to Oxford as the second stage of Chiltern Railways Evergreen3 project. More info: CR

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Introduction of first new Siemens class 700 Thameslink trains.

January


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8 January 2016. Friday. 20th anniversary of the start of services at Ashford International.

May


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ORR expected to begin PR18, periodic review for Network Rail's Control Period 6 (2019-2024).

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Crossrail to take over service between London Liverpool Street and Shenfield. More info: crossrail


5 May 2016. Thursday. UK Local elections.

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15 May 2016. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

September


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Network Rail expected to publish Initial Industry Plans for Control Period 6 (2019-24).

November


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Transport for London's first London Overground concession, for orbital network, expires.

December


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11 December 2016. Sunday. National rail timetable change.

2017


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East West Rail services start from Oxford to Bletchley. More info: ewr

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Construction period for phase 1 of HS2 planned to start this year.

May


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Crossrail class 345 rolling stock to be introduced to Liverpool Street-Shenfield services. More info: crossrail

4 May 2017. Thursday. UK Local elections.

July


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Secretary of State for Transport, and Scottish Ministers, expected to publish High-Level Output Specifications (HLOS) and Statements of Funds Available (SoFA) for Network Rail's Control Period 6 (2019-2024).

November


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14 November 2017. 10th anniversary of the start of services in and out of St. Pancras International, transferring from Waterloo International.

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19 November 2017. 10th anniversary of the start of services at Ebbsfleet International.

December


Planned start of passenger services on East-West Rail Link between Oxford and Bedford. More info: EWR

2018

January


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Strategic Business Plan for Control Period 6 (2019-24) expected to be published.

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Office of Rail Regulation expected to invite comments on Network Rail's Strategic Business Plan.

February


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Office of Rail Regulation expected to hold workshop on Network Rail's Strategic Business Plan.
Close of expected ORR stakeholder consultation on Network Rail's Strategic Business Plan for Control Period 6 (2019-24).

May


3 May 2018. Thursday. UK Local elections.

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Heathrow Connect services between London Paddington (mainline) and Heathrow airport to be transferred to Crossrail concession operator. More info: crossrail

June


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Office of Rail Regulation expected to publish its draft determination, and draft strategic regulatory statement, on Network Rail's Strategic Business Plan for Control Period 6 (2019-24).

August


4 August 2018. Saturday. 50th anniversary of last day of steam haulage on scheduled BR mainline public service. More info: Publicsteam50

11 August 2018. Saturday. 50th anniversary of last day of steam haulage on BR mainline. More info: Railtoursteam50 and Steamrailways-BBC4 and 'The Railway'

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Close of expected consultation on ORR's draft determination of Network Rail's Strategic Plan for Control Period 6 (2019-24).

October


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Office of Rail Regulation expected to publish its final determination on Network Rail's Strategic Business Plan for Control Period 6 (2019-24).

December


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Services start between London Paddington and Abbey Wood. More info: crossrail

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Completion of Thameslink Programme, and of introduction of new Siemens class 700 Thameslink trains.

2019

February


23 February 2019. Saturday. 50th anniversary of most recent passenger trains between Uckfield and Lewes.

March


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31 March 2019. Delivery Plan for Control Period 6 (2019-24) to be published by this date.

April


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1 April 2019. Monday. Control Period 6 (2019-24) starts.

May


2 May 2019. Thursday. UK Local elections.

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Services start between London Paddington and Shenfield. More info: crossrail

December


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Services start between Maidenhead and Abbey Wood/Shenfield. More info: crossrail

2022

December


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10 December 2022. Saturday. Planned official re-opening of services between Uckfield and Lewes. More info: Bridge the gap: connect East Sussex

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11 December 2022. Sunday. National rail timetable change and planned public re-opening of services between Uckfield, Lewes and Sussex coast towns.

Railfuture holds two national conferences each year, usually in the summer and autumn (in addition to its national AGM for members). The conferences are competitively priced, to be within rail users' price range, and are open to everyone. Railfuture members are usually offered a chance to attend conferences at a discounted rate if booked early.


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