Railfuture Conferences

Railfuture holds two national conferences each year, usually in the summer and autumn (in addition to its AGM for members). We aim only to cover our costs. 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 at a discounted rate.

Speakers come from a variety of backgrounds. Some of the organisations who have spoken at conferences include Anglia Railways, Arriva Cross Country, Arriva Trains Wales, Association of Train Operating Companies, Cardiff International Airport, Centro, Chester-le-Track, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry Trains, Delta Rail, East Coast, East Midlands Trains, East West Rail Consortium, Eurostar, First Capital Connect, First Great Western, First Transpennine Express, Furrer + Frey GB, Grand Central, Great Western Railway, Greater Anglia, Heathrow Southern Railway, Hitachi Rail Europe, HS2, London Midland, London Overground Railway Operations, Merseytravel, MyTestTrack.com, Network Rail, Northern Rail, Northern (Arriva Rail North), Nottingham Express Transit, Parry People Movers, Port Of Sunderland, ScotRail Alliance, SLC Rail, South West Trains, Thameslink and Great Northern, Transpennine Express, TramPower, Transport for Wales Rail, Transport Salaried Staffs' Association, UK Rail Leasing, Virgin Trains, Virgin Trains East Coast, Vivarail and West Midlands Trains.

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2019/Darlington [link]

  • Sat 22/06/2019 Rebirth of the Railway [Why Attend?]
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    Photo above shows: Images of railways in the north east (by Dave Shaw). Click image to see in full size
  • Ian Walker, secretary of Railfuture North East branch says: "The emphasis at this conference will be on new developments occurring in the industry - and what better place to locate the event than Darlington where railway history truly began?
    "As shown below, key inputs will come from representatives of Hitachi Rail Europe, Tyne and Wear Metro, the Port of Sunderland, Esk Valley Rail Development Company and from the elected Mayor of Tees Valley, Ben Houchen.
    "The venue is centrally located in Darlington less than 10 minutes' walk from the Railway Station.
    "Darlington itself is easily accessible being on the ECML and is served by regular services from Scotland, London Birmingham & Manchester and all points in between.
    "We look forward to your attendance at this event. Let's make it another great Railfuture Summer Conference!"
  • Hosted by Railfuture North East branch
  • Social media hashtag (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) for this event: #RfDarlington2019
  • Registration from 10:30, starts at 11:00. Close at 16:30
  • Speakers: [Read Speaker Biographies]
  • Venue: Dolphin Centre
    • Room: Central Hall (2nd floor)
    • Horsemarket, Darlington
    • Postcode: DL1 5RP
    • Phone: 01325 406000
    • The room is accessible via both stairs amd lift from the enterance foyer. There are accessible toilets on the 2nd floor as well as toilets on 1st and ground floors
    • Route: Exit the station on to Victoria Road, at the roundabout turn right onto Feethams. You will see signs to the Town Hall. The Dolphin Centre is opposite. (Approx. 10-15 minute walk)
  • For further details about the conference please email darlington2019 at railfuture.org.uk.
  • The following prices are ONLY available to non-members. The discount is funded through Railfuture's marketing budget for new members.

    Please do not use this facility to renew your existing membership - your booking may be cancelled and your fee refunded.

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About Railfuture

Railfuture is an independent, voluntary group representing rail users in Britain with 20,000 affiliated and individual members. It is not funded by train companies, political parties or trade unions, and all members have an equal say.

Railfuture campaigns for cheap and convenient rail services for everyone; better links for buses, bikes and pedestrians; policies to get more heavy lorries on to rail; new lines, stations and freight terminals. In short, a better rail service and a bigger rail system for both passengers and freight.

Railfuture is pro-rail but not anti-road or anti-air. However, we campaign for a switch from road and air to rail. We do not interfere in the running of the railway - we campaign for the quality and range of services provided, not how they are delivered. We are the only champion of all rail users.

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