Welcome reception (Monday 4th April, 6 - 8 pm)
A selection of drinks and light food will be available to welcome you, in the exhibition area at the conference location.
Conference dinner (Wednesday 6th April, 7 pm - midnight)
The conference dinner will be held at the award-winning National Railway Museum in York, home to over 100 historic locomotives, as well as a vast collection of other railway artefacts and records.
The evening will start with a drinks reception in the Great Hall, where we will have the opportunity to view some of the largest and most iconic locomotives in the collection. Highlights of the display, housed in this former engine shed, include 'Mallard', the world's fastest steam locomotive, the Art Deco 'Duchess of Hamilton' and the only Shinkansen or 'Bullet train' outside Japan.
We will then move to Station Hall, once home to York's main goods station built in the 1870s. Here we will dine amongst the largest collection of royal carriages in the world, including Queen Adelaide's saloon, the oldest preserved carriage in Europe, and Queen Victoria's luxurious 'palace on wheels'.
Activities for accompanying persons
Information about the attractions of York aimed at accompanying persons will be available from the registration desk. York has a compact city centre that is best explored on foot, and the daily free guided tours organised by the Association of Voluntary Guides to the City of York provide an excellent introduction to the main sights.
Coach tours will be provided to Fountains Abbey on Wednesday 6th April and to Castle Howard on Thursday 7th April, if there is sufficient interest. The coaches will be free of charge, but guests will be expected to pay the admission fees to the properties. If you are interested in joining either tour, or both, please email the Local Organising Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org, or sign up at the registration desk on arrival.