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)'.

    Scope

    Monitoring the strategic risk profile associated with

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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 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.

     

      Membership

      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
      • RSSB
      • Department for Transport (observer)
      • Office of Rail and Road (observer).
      Chair of committee: Graham Nicholas , Rail Safety and Standards Board Ltd
      RSSB main representative: John Barber
      Other Members
      Company
      Representing
      Other members
      Jim Gibbons
      Hasting Diesel Limited
      Supplier
      Graham Nicholas
      Rail Safety and Standards Board Ltd
      Chair
      Sandra Parry-Husbands
      Rail Safety and Standards Board Ltd
      RSSB
      Peter Williams
      Network Rail Freight & National Operators
      Infrastructure Manager
      Ian Boettcher
      Rolling Stock Owner
      Chris Beet
      West Coast Railways
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Ian Stone
      Network Rail Limited
      Infrastructure Manager
      Steve Wood
      Heritage Railway Association
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Malcolm Gelsthorpe
      West Coast Railways
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Stephen Wainwright
      Freightliner Limited
      Non Passenger Train Operator
      Paul Lemon
      GB Railfreight Limited
      Non Passenger Train Operator
      Karen Barnes
      Office of Rail and Road
      Office of Rail Regulation
      Andy Taylor
      West Coast Railways
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      John Barber
      RSSB
      Graeme Bunker
      Jersey Rail
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      David Galloway
      Network Rail Infrastructure Limited
      Infrastructure Manager
      Thomas Coley
      Deutsche Bahn Cargo
      Non Passenger Train Operator
      Ian Lake
      Vintage Trains Ltd/Tyseley Locomotive Works Ltd
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Julian Clark
      Belmond British Pullman Ltd
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      David Griffin
      Rail Safety and Standards Board Ltd
      RSSB
      Charles Paget
      Riviera Trains
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Bob Meanley
      Tyseley Locomotive Works Limited
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Daniel Hignett
      Network Rail Limited
      Infrastructure Manager
      C Green
      Observer
      Dougie Hill
      Direct Rail Services Limited
      Non Passenger Train Operator
      Phil Hibberd
      Rail Safety and Standards Board Ltd
      RSSB
      Hugh Harkett
      Heritage Railway Association
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Liz Parkes
      North Yorkshire Moors Railway Enterprises PLC
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Alex Williams
      Observer
      Jonathan Rawlinson
      Locomotive Services (TOC) Limited
      Supplier
      John Humphries
      Locomotive Services (TOC) Limited
      Supplier
      Neal Clarke
      North Yorkshire Moors Railway Enterprises PLC
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Matt Green
      Swanger Rail
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Roger Orchard
      Great Western Society Limited
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      James Webb
      Rail Safety and Standards Board Ltd
      RSSB
      Daniel Fredriksson
      Network Rail Limited
      Infrastructure Manager
      Philip Johnson
      Observer
      James Marshall
      Westcoast Railway Company
      RIA
      Anthony Haynes
      Network Rail Infrastructure Limited
      Infrastructure Manager
      Nick Edwards
      DB Cargo (UK) Limited
      Non Passenger Train Operator
      Ben Mason
      Vintage Trains Ltd
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Do you need to get in touch with this group?
      Contact our Industry Groups Manager for questions about the next meeting or about vacancies within this group.
      Kirstie Smith
      Tel: Kirstie.Smith@rssb.co.uk
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