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Events

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Look out for ONLINE events.

Details of internal Railfuture meetings, open only to elected/selected members are here: Rf-internal.

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until 30 October 2021. Saturday. Glasgow Central station tours. More info: GLC

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25 September 2021. Saturday. HS2 Routewide Roadshow – Birmingham – Pride – New Street Station. Venue: Birmingham B2 4QA. 08.00-20.00. More info: HS2

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25 September 2021. Saturday. HS2 Routewide Roadshow – Birmingham – Pride – Bull Ring. Venue: The Bullring Shopping Centre, Birmingham B5 4BU. 08.00-20.00. More info: HS2

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25 September 2021. Saturday. HS2 & Fusion: St Mary’s field museum open day. 10.00-17.00. More info: HS2

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25 September 2021. Saturday. Railfuture East Midlands regional branch AGM 2021, incorporating the 2020 AGM, for branch members only. ONLINE. 12:30-13:30. Followed at 14:00 by an Open Meeting, with guest speaker from CrossCountry. Members of other Branches, members' guests and prospective members are all welcome at the Open Meeting. (Postponed from 24th April, and previously advertised to take place at the Midland Hotel, Derby.) More info: Rf-EM

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25 September 2021. Saturday. Railfuture East Anglia branch meeting, non-members welcome. Venue: Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Street, Norwich NR2 1EW. 14.00. More info: Rf-EA

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25 September 2021. Saturday. Railfuture Yorkshire branch meeting, non-members welcome. Venue: Sheffield. 14.00. More info: Rf-Y

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26 September 2021. Sunday. HS2 & Fusion: St Mary’s field museum open day. 10.00-17.00. More info: HS2

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27 September 2021. Monday. Protecting Lightly Used Railway Level Crossings. ONLINE. 18.00-20.00. More about this free Institution of Engineering & Technology webinar: IET

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28 September 2021. Tuesday. HS2 Jobs and Skills: How to join the HS2 workforce. ONLINE. 11.30-12.30. More info: HS2

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28 September 2021. Tuesday. Network Rail live chat for public consultation on plans to close Copmanthorpe level crossing, York. 12.00-13.00. More info: NR-York

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28 September 2021. Tuesday. HS2 and EKFB: North Chilterns Area virtual one-to-one meetings. ONLINE. 15.00-19.00. More info: HS2

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28 September 2021. Tuesday. Network Rail Scotland additional ONLINE community drop-in for proposed Forth Bridge Experience. 16.00-18.00. More info: NR-Sc

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28 September 2021. Tuesday. Levenmouth Rail Campaign monthly meeting. ONLINE. 18.30. More info: LMRC

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29 September 2021. Wednesday. HS2 & BBV in Staffordshire: Hints and Canwell virtual one-to-one meetings. ONLINE. 14.00-16.00. More info: HS2

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29 September 2021. Wednesday. Network Rail live chat for public consultation on plans to close Copmanthorpe level crossing, York. 18.00-19.00. More info: NR-York

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30 September 2021. Thursday. East West Main Line 2021. Speakers include Phil Smart, Assistant Policy Manager - Rail Freight Group. Venue: Oxford Town Hall, St. Aldate's, Oxford OX1 1BX. 08.00 for 09.00 start, to 16.30. More about this Peloton event: EWML '21

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30 September 2021. Thursday. Urban logistics. ONLINE. 09.00-17.00. More about this Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport / PTRC course: CILT

Rolling Stock Networking
30 September 2021. Thursday. RSN 2021. Venue: Derby Velodrome, Royal Way, Derby DE24 8JB. POSTPONED FROM JULY AND SEPTEMBER 2020, POSTPONED AGAIN FROM JULY. 09.30-15.30. More about this free Rolling Stock Networking event: RSN

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30 September 2021. Thursday. How do you Decarbonise the transport sector? Part 1 of 4: Setting the scene. ONLINE. 11.00-12.30. More about this free Institution of Engineering & Technology webinar: IET

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30 September 2021. Thursday. Network Rail's Environmental and Sustainability plan. 12.30-13.30. More about this Permanent Way Institution, Birmingham Section online meeting: PWI

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30 September 2021. Thursday. HS2 and EKFB: Aylesbury Area virtual one-to-one meetings. ONLINE. 15.00-16.30. More info: HS2

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30 September 2021. Thursday. Women in Rail Awards 2021. POSTPONED FROM MAY. More info: WiR

October


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1 October 2021. Friday. Friends of the Far North Line AGM. Venue: Dingwall. More info: FoFNL

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5 October 2021. Tuesday. Hit the North: Insight into upcoming railway infrastructure developments in the North. Venue: Manchester Conference Centre, Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3NJ. 09.00-16.30. More about this Permanent Way Institution North West technical seminar: PWI

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5 October 2021. Tuesday. HS2 and EKFB: Calvert Area virtual one-to-one meetings. ONLINE. 15.00-19.00. More info: HS2

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6 October 2021. Wednesday. 29th Annual (2021) Rail Freight Group Conference. 08.45 for 09.30 start, to 16.55 / 17.30 close. More about this virtual Waterfront conference: WF and YRP

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6 October 2021. Wednesday. Building Back Better? Speaker: Norman Baker, Advisor to the Campaign for Better Transport and former Transport Minister within the 2010 to 2015 Coalition Government. ONLINE. 18.30-20.00. More about this Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport webinar: CILT

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7 October 2021. Thursday. How do you Decarbonise the transport sector? Part 2 of 4: Short - medium term up to 2035. ONLINE. 11.00-12.30. More about this free Institution of Engineering & Technology webinar: IET

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7 October 2021. Thursday. Roundtable discussion on transport in Wales - President’s Visit to North Wales. ONLINE. 12.45-14.00. More about this free Institution of Civil Engineers webinar: ICE

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7 October 2021. Thursday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. ONLINE? 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

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8 October 2021. Friday. Climate Change in Wales - President’s Visit to North Wales. ONLINE. 12.30-13.45. More about this free Institution of Civil Engineers webinar: ICE

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11 October 2021. Monday. Cost Effective Minimum Clearance Electrification: containing civil engineering costs in traction de-carbonisation. 13.30-16.30. More about this free Permanent Way Institution online technical conference: PWI

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12 October 2021. Tuesday. Engaging communities through storytelling and creative projects. ONLINE. 10.00-12.00. More about this Community Rail Network webinar: CRN

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12 October 2021. Tuesday. Hertfordshire Essex Rapid Transit (HERT). ONLINE. 18.00-19.30. More about this Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport webinar: CILT

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12 October 2021. Tuesday. South East Northumberland Rail User Group AGM. Venue: Morpeth Town Hall. 19.30. More info: SENRUG

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13 October 2021. Wednesday. 11th Annual (2021) Community Infrastructure Levy and s106 Masterclass. 09.30-16.40 / 17.30 close. More about this virtual Waterfront conference: WF

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13 October 2021. Wednesday. High Performing Flexible Railway Systems for the Future. ONLINE. 09.00-13.00. More about this first live session of Institution of Railway Signal Engineers 2-part webinar: IRSE and IMechE and IET and PWI

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13 October 2021. Wednesday. High Performing Flexible Railway Systems for the Future. ONLINE. 13.00-17.00. More about this release of second batch of videos for forthcoming Institution of Railway Signal Engineers 2-part webinar: IRSE

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13 October 2021. Wednesday. COP 26 – is the transport industry accelerating fast enough to address the Climate Emergency? ONLINE. 16.00-18.00. More about this Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport webinar: CILT

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14 October 2021. Thursday. How do you Decarbonise the transport sector? Part 3 of 4: Medium–Long term up to 2050. ONLINE. 11.00-12.30. More about this free Institution of Engineering & Technology webinar: IET

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15 October 2021. Friday. Railway Industry Innovation Awards. Modern Railways Fourth Friday Club conference. Venue: Hilton London Canary Wharf, Isle of Dogs, London E14 9SH. 11.00-15.00. More info: FFC-RIIA

Community Rail Network
18-24 October 2021. Monday-Sunday. Community Rail Week – Go Green by Rail. More info: CRN

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18 October 2021. Monday. Avocet Line Rail Users Group AGM. More info: ALRUG

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19 October 2021. Tuesday. Rail North - levelling-up the region. Venue: Leeds. More about this event: PE-RN

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19 October 2021. Tuesday. 9th Annual (2021) Successfully Planning for Infrastructure in Wales: Updates on latest planning policy and overcoming barriers to achieve planning consent. Venue: Cardiff. 08.45 for 09.30 start, to 17.10 / 17.30 close. More about this hybrid Waterfront conference: WF

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19 October 2021. Tuesday. Dots and boxes: what railway engineers can learn from this strategy game! 18.30-20.00. More about this free Institution of Mechanical Engineers Railway Division Chair's online address 2021: IMechE

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19 October 2021. Tuesday. Grid Stability: Maintaining grid stability with changes in electricity generation and usage. ONLINE. 19.00-20.30. More about this free Institution of Engineering & Technology webinar: IET

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20 October 2021. Wednesday. Refocusing the railway. Venue: One Birdcage Walk, Westminster, London, SW1H 9JJ. 08.30 for 09.00 start, to 17.00. More about this Institution of Mechanical Engineers seminar: IMechE

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20 October 2021. Wednesday. HS2 Phase 2a: West Midlands to Crewe: Virtual one-to-one meetings. ONLINE. 10.00-19.00. More info: HS2

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20 October 2021. Wednesday. Dots and boxes: what railway engineers can learn from this strategy game! Venue: The Waterfall, Railway Terrace, Derby DE1 2RU. 18.00-20.00. More about this Institution of Mechanical Engineers Railway Division Chair's address 2021: IMechE

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21 October 2021. Thursday. How do you Decarbonise the transport sector? Part 4 of 4: Infrastructure. ONLINE. 11.00-12.30. More about this free Institution of Engineering & Technology webinar: IET

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23-31 October 2021. Saturday-Sunday. During this school half-term holiday weekend, and throughout the rest of the year, all across the UK and Ireland, enjoy your local heritage railway; 182 railways with over 1000 events a year to choose from! More info: Heritage railways and heritage railways-2 and Events.
See also: Scenic Rail Britain and Tour Britain by rail and Car-free journeys to great places and overnight stays with a difference!

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26 October 2021. Tuesday. Levenmouth Rail Campaign monthly meeting. ONLINE 18.30. More info: LMRC
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28 October 2021. Thursday. The Williams Shapps Plan for Rail: Empowering rail's people. ONLINE.

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28 October 2021. Thursday. Focus on Glasgow COP26 - 21st Century climate change – a Scottish perspective. ONLINE. 18.15-19.15. More about this free Institution of Civil Engineers webinar: ICE

November


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1-12 November 2021. Monday-Friday. United Nations Climate Change conference. POSTPONED from NOVEMBER 2020. Venue: SEC Centre, Exhibition Way, Finnieston, Glasgow G3 8YW. More info: UN-COP26. (COP26 stands for the 26th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, which is the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change - a treaty agreed in 1994.)

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3 November 2021. Wednesday. High Performing Flexible Railway Systems for the Future. ONLINE. 09.00-13.00. More about this second live session of Institution of Railway Signal Engineers 2-part webinar: IRSE and IMechE and PWI

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3 November 2021. Wednesday. Abbey Wood to Ebbsfleet Connectivity Study – How Should we Invest in Transport to Deliver the Government’s Vision for this part of the Thames Estuary? ONLINE. 17.00-18.30. More about this Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport webinar: CILT

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4 November 2021. Thursday. Rail in the Midlands. Modern Railways Fourth Friday Club conference. POSTPONED FROM OCTOBER 2020, POSTPONED AGAIN FROM FEBRUARY, POSTPONED YET AGAIN FROM APRIL. Venue: Midland Hotel, Midland Road, Derby DE1 2SL. 09.00 for 09.30 start, to 15.20. More info: FFC-RitM

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4 November 2021. Thursday. Modern Railways Rail Vehicles & Enhancements Show 2020. POSTPONED from NOVEMBER 2020. Venue: Derby Arena, Pride Park, Derby DE24 8JB. More info: MR-RVE

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4 November 2021. Thursday. Welsh Transport Forum 2021. POSTPONED FROM MARCH. More about this event: PE-WTF

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4 November 2021. Thursday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. ONLINE? 18.00. More info: Sussex and Coastway

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8 November 2021. Monday. Class 69 - from the ashes a Phoenix arises. 17.00-19.00. More about this free Institution of Mechanical Engineers technical lecture: IMechE

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9 November 2021. Tuesday. 9th Annual (2021) Consultation and Stakeholder Engagement for Infrastructure. 08.45 for 09.30 start, to 16.20 / 17.20 close. Venue: Burges Salmon LLP, 6 New Street Square, London EC4A 3BF. More about this hybrid Waterfront conference: WF

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9 November 2021. Tuesday. Crossrail Trains – Test and Service Experience. 18.30-20.30. More about this free Institution of Mechanical Engineers online technical lecture: IMechE

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10 November 2021. Wednesday. Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR). Venue: The Waterfall, Railway Terrace, Derby DE1 2RU. 18.00-20.00. More about this Institution of Mechanical Engineers technical lecture: IMechE

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10 November 2021. Wednesday. Decarbonising Diesel – Class 170 Eminox Project. 18.30-20.00. More about this Institution of Mechanical Engineers online technical lecture: IMechE

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10 November 2021. Wednesday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Eastern division meeting. ONLINE? 19.00. More info: Eastern

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11 November 2021. Thursday. Innovative Network Rail FLOW Footbridge. ONLINE. 13.00-14.00. More about this free Institution of Civil Engineers webinar: ICE

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11 November 2021. Thursday. Scotland's Climate Debate - Celebrating COP26. Venue: RC667, The Royal College Building, University of Strathclyde, 204 George Street, Glasgow G1 1XW. 17.00-20.00. More about this free Institution of Engineering & Technology seminar: IET
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17 November 2021. Wednesday. The Williams Shapps Plan for Rail: Accelerating innovation and modernisation. ONLINE.

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17 November 2021. Wednesday. HS2 Phase 2a: West Midlands to Crewe: Virtual one-to-one meetings. ONLINE. 10.00-18.00. More info: HS2

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17 November 2021. Wednesday. Friends of the Barton Line OGM. Venue: The White Swan at Barton interchange. Members and their invited guests only, please. (Optional food available from 18.00.) 20.00. More info: FoBL

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20 November 2021. Saturday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch, Kent division meeting. ONLINE? 14.00. More info: Kent

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22 November 2021. Monday. Provisional date for start of Public Inquiry process for Network Rail's application for an Order under the Transport & Works Act for the new Cambridge South station.

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26 November 2021. Friday. Golden Spanner Awards. Modern Railways Fourth Friday Club conference. Venue: Grand Connaught Rooms, 61-65 Great Queen Street, Holborn, London WC2B 5DA. 09.00 for 09.30 start, to 16.30. More info: FFC-GSA

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27/28 November 2021. Saturday/Sunday. Railfuture stall at annual rail exhibition. Venue: NEC, Birmingham. CANCELLED. More info: Rf-NEC

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30 November 2021. Tuesday. Levenmouth Rail Campaign monthly meeting. ONLINE 18.30. More info: LMRC

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2 December 2021. Thursday. 3rd Annual Environmental Impact Assessment for Infrastructure Projects Masterclass: Practical guidance and policy requirements to successfully conduct environmental impact assessment. 08.45 for 09.30 start, to 16.00 / 17.00 close. More about this virtual Waterfront conference: WF
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3 December 2021. Friday. The Williams Shapps Plan for Rail: Great British Railways and the 30-year strategy. ONLINE.

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7 December 2021. Tuesday. 7th Annual (2021) Rail Industry Forum. 08.30 for 09.30 start, to 16.55 / 17.55 close. Venue: Addleshaw Goddard, 60 Chiswell Street, London EC1Y 4AG. More about this hybrid Waterfront conference: WF and YRP

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8 December 2021. Wednesday. Bullying vs banter. ONLINE. 12.30-13.00. More about this free Institution of Civil Engineers webinar: ICE

Community Rail Network
9 December 2021. Thursday. Community Rail Awards 2021. Venue: Guildhall, Southampton, or online. More about this Community Rail Network event: CRN

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15 December 2021. Thursday. HS2 Phase 2a: West Midlands to Crewe: Virtual one-to-one meetings. ONLINE. 10.00-19.00. More info: HS2

January


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Date tbc. 6th Annual (2021) Transport-led Development in the North of England: Delivering transport projects that fuel sustainable economic growth and development. Venue: Leeds. More about this Waterfront conference: WF

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12 January 2022. Wednesday. The Helston Railway. ONLINE. 17.00-18.30. More about this Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport webinar: CILT

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12 January 2022. Wednesday. The Maidenhead Canopy & Cholsey & Wallingford Railway. ONLINE. 19.30-20.30. More about this Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport webinar: CILT

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21 January 2022. Friday. Golden Whistle Awards. Modern Railways Fourth Friday Club conference. POSTPONED FROM MARCH AND MAY 2021. Venue: Marriott Grosvenor Square, Duke Street, Mayfair, London W1K 6JP. 08.00 for 09.00 start, to 15:00. More info: 4FC-GWA

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26 February 2022. Saturday. Railfuture East Anglia AGM, non-members welcome. Venue: Bury St. Edmunds. 14.00. More info: Rf-EA

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3 March 2022. Thursday. Rail: North of the Border. POSTPONED FROM SEPTEMBER. Venue: Glasgow. More about this event: PE-RNoB

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19/20 March 2022. Saturday/Sunday. Railfuture London & South East regional branch stall at annual London Rail Festival. Venue: Alexandra Palace, London N22 7AY. More info: LFRM and Rf-LSE

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29 March 2022. Tuesday. How to successfully manage a 21st high speed railway network. Venue: Beijing and ONLINE. 12.00-14.00. More about this Institution of Railway Signal Engineers Presidential lecture No.7: IRSE

April

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21 April 2022. Thursday. Electrification: delivering the business case. POSTPONED FROM JULY 2021. Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3NY. 08.00 for 09.00 start, to 16.30. More about this Permanent Way Institution Scotland technical seminar: PWI

Railfuture now holds one national conference each year, normally in the autumn (in addition to its national AGM for members). The conference is competitively priced, to be within rail users' price range, and is open to everyone. Railfuture members are usually offered a chance to attend conferences at a discounted rate if booked early; for non-members there's often a discounted 'book and join' package.
Details of other internal Railfuture meetings, open only to elected/selected members, including the annual Branches & Groups Day held each autumn, are here: Rf-internal.