The group develops and monitors the strategic risk profile for mainline heritage train services and defines measures to manage the risks associated with the following LHSBR priority risk areas:

Train Operations

  • Heritage train accidents and incidents on the national rail network.
  • Interface between heritage train operator and other associated heritage organisations.

Station Operations

  • Specific focus on the demographic of mainline heritage train passengers.
  • Liaison with station operators for platform-train interface including dispatch risk.

Workforce Safety

  • Specific focus on the unique aspects of mainline heritage train services, including risks arising from the maintenance, preparation and operation of steam locomotives and the presence of volunteers, non-railway industry personnel, among others.

Rolling Stock Asset Integrity

  • Management of corrosion, fatigue and wear of vehicles beyond their expected design life.
  • Retention of collective technical knowledge of obsolete equipment not otherwise used on the mainline railway.
  • Servicing of heritage locomotives and stock.

Public Behaviour

  • Behaviour of mainline heritage train passengers on board heritage trains.
  • Lineside trespass.


The group’s membership is made up of the following industry categories:

  • heritage train operators
  • heritage vehicle owners and maintainers
  • infrastructure managers and owners
  • RSSB
  • Office of Rail and Road (observer).

Chair of committee: Graham Nicholas, RSSB
RSSB main representative: Joe Wilson