Powered by CrowdCompass and Zoom, HeritageRail Alliance will hold its 2021 Annual Meeting in virtual format each afternoon on October 26, 27 and 28. Day one will begin at 1:00 pm eastern and feature three interactive plenary sessions; Day two will also begin at 1:00 pm eastern and will offer four breakout sessions and a plenary session; Day three will begin at 1:00 pm eastern with a two-part plenary session before ending with the Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony. Each day will offer time with vendors to discuss project, risk management and special event needs.
Who should attend the virtual meeting? Any member of HRA within any level of management or operations interested in sharing or learning hands-on practices from the other members of the Alliance and networking with vendors. The three-day meeting will include plenary and breakout sessions (including a session devoted to the new Maintenance Guide for Air Brakes and the new 49CFR232 rule change), a State of the Alliance update, and the awards ceremony.
Registration for the Virtual Fall Annual Meeting opened September 1. Member registration fees are $50 for the two-day virtual session ($65 for non-members). Members will need to use the conference code that was issued to members organizations on on September 1 to obtain the membership rate. Members should contact Lynette Rickman (firstname.lastname@example.org) if they need the code reissued.
WITH SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR FALL SPONSORS
2021 SPRING SYMPOSIUM TAKEAWAYS
The HeritageRail Alliance conducted its first ever virtual event on March 23, 24, and 25th. The audience was very well engaged with numerous questions and comments throughout the event. A poll taken just prior to the business meeting at the end of the event should an overwhelming approval of the event and we thank all of those who joined us. Complimentary recordings of the sessions have been e-mailed to Symposium attendees at the e-mail addresses they used to register. Attendees, please check your e-mail (including junk, clutter and spam folders) and contact Lynette Rickman at email@example.com if you did not receive your e-mail. For those of you who did not participate, the recordings are available on-demand through the website for $10 per session. Alternatively, all twelve sessions are available in one package for $65, including the session on Safety, which is considered as so important for everyone in the industry that we are offering it for viewing at no charge.
WITH SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SYMPOSIUM SPONSORS
FALL EVENT #2 ON HOLD:
IN-PERSON WORKSHOP AT PHILMONT SCOUT RANCH
UPDATE: Given the hesitancy of many to travel at this time, the workshop will be moved to early 2022 to give as many people as possible the opportunity to comfortably attend the event. New dates and additional information will be given at the Annual Meeting and posted on the website after the meeting.
Who should attend the on-site workshop? Members of organizations committed to developing hands-on volunteer and educational programs that attract, engage and motivate older youth and younger teenagers to become the next generation of railway preservationists.
Registration fees will be $300 per person ($100 per non-attendee spouse/partner) and include all meals and activities. A spouse/partner program is planned for Friday at no extra cost. All attendees will be responsible for their own lodging and travel to Philmont. Philmont offers rooms and luxury shared tents (shared bathroom facilities) on property at the Philmont Training Center, and additional accommodations are a short drive from Philmont, including the St. James Hotel, Casa del Gavilan Historic Inn (bed & breakfast), and Blue Dragonfly Inn (bed & breakfast). Guests staying at the Training Center may check-in after 12:00 pm noon on Thursday and must depart by 9:00 am Sunday.
NOTE: Please be aware of the following when planning your trip to Philmont:
Travel into New Mexico is open for out-of-state residents, regardless of vaccination status. All Philmont participants will have to show either a proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID test that is not older than 5 days when arriving for check-in. In addition, attendees must complete and submit the following health safety forms, which helps Philmont’s on-site medic address any medical needs that may arise: Health Safety Forms_AB.pdf
Philmont will have requirements in place for participants to comply with the current public health order in effect at that time, but will definitely have masking requirements for participants while indoors and in base camp or around other participants. Masks can be removed for eating and drinking. The following is a link to New Mexico’s current Public Health Order, essentially requiring masks for all indoor settings except eating and drinking: New Mexico Public Health Order.pdf
FALL CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIPS
To help offset the costs of attending the Fall conference, HeritageRail offers scholarships and stipends to qualified member applicants. For learning opportunities, a friendly atmosphere, and good conversation with others who love the rails, the HeritageRail conferences are can’t miss events! Click on on the below buttons for more information and application instructions. DEADLINE FOR ALL APPLICATIONS IS JULY 1 of the given Fall conference year.
Sam Christensen (Galveston Railroad Museum)
William Hazen (Hoosier Heartland Trolley)
Cameron Nichols (Hoosier Heartland Trolley Co.)