Heritage Train Risk Group
The Heritage Train Risk Group (HTRG) supports industry stakeholders involved with the operation of heritage trains (as defined by the RSSB heritage standards) on the GB mainline railway (mainline heritage train services) and was established at the request of the Office of Rail and Road due to the Category ‘A’ SPAD that occurred at Wootton Basset junction, Wiltshire in March 2015 (referred to at that time as the Charter Train Safety Group). HTRG is a niche risk group reporting to Train Accident Risk Group (TARG) aligned to the ‘Leading Health and Safety on Britain’s Railway (LHSBR)'.
Monitoring the strategic risk profile associated with
- Heritage train accidents and incidents on the national rail network (excluding at level crossings) related to human error, equipment failure, environment, trespass or vandalism, and on any other risks as directed by SSRG.
- Workforce Health, Safety & Welfare - Operations (excluding workforce assaults and trauma), with specific reference to the unique aspects of mainline heritage train services, including risks arising from the maintenance, preparation and operation of steam locomotives and presence of volunteers, non-railway industry personnel, etc.
- Risk to passengers, members of the public and members of workforce at stations and onboard heritage trains; this includes
- Slips, trips and falls
- Platform train interface when boarding and alighting
- Platform train interface when not boarding and alighting including risks arising from over-crowding, distraction (due to the presence of a heritage locomotive) and passengers who may be infrequent rail users
- Use of increasingly unfamiliar features such as slam door stock fitted with secondary locking devices and droplight windows
- Assistance to mobility-impaired passengers
- Servicing of heritage locomotives and stock, particularly at other operators’ sidings and depots (provision of compatible facilities, unusual needs, etc)
4. Station operations, this includes
- Liaison with station operators for safe management of heritage train services using stations not designed to accommodate large, loco-hauled formations, including platform-train interface issues
- Liaison between station operators and heritage train staff including stewarding, marshalling and directing heritage train passengers and safe train dispatch.
Message from the chair
The group’s membership is made up of the following industry categories:
- heritage train operators
- heritage vehicle owners
- freight and other non-passenger train operators
- infrastructure managers and owners
- Department for Transport (observer)
- Office of Rail and Road (observer).