ATHRA Vic Members Meeting Thursday 22nd August, 6pm, Hawthorn Tram Depot

The next ATHRA Vic members meeting is on Thursday 22nd August , 6pm at Hawthorn. (4th Thursday every 3 months)
We had a great attendance last meeting for the National AGM back in May and I encourage you all to brave the weather and get down to Hawthorn for this members meeting as well.
In Victoria, our preservation movement is in uncertain times. The various branch line operations are moving forward with implementing their various key  business strategies, some with good assistance from State and Federal Grants.  For those without current grant funding for capital works, it remains economically hard – for some its a case of keeping the head above water until some assistance is found.
We still face a  severe problem of the funding differential between regional and metropolitan grant opportunities.
Other challenges remain – gaining access to surplus materials and the perennial shortage of volunteers
For Melbourne based mainline groups, the future remains very uncertain. We all await with more than keen interest the outcome of the Victrack developed strategy for our sector through their Vintage Rolling Stock Strategy (VRSS) project.
The ATHRA meeting on the 22nd will include an update on the VRSS project based on the collective knowledge from those participating in the Victrack workshops, the next being on Friday 16th August.
We also hope to have our ONRSR partners unveil a brand new training video on the night – this has been produced by ONRSR for T&H groups as a result of our joint discussions on rail safety improvement opportunities back in 2018/19 and is further recognition of the importance of a strong working relationship between the 2 organisations.  We hope further training videos to assist us can be produced in due course.
There has been a lot of discussion about scalable SMS development and the use of a software tool to manage our accreditation activities. We have now moved from talk into action on the use of TSMS – I hope to be able to expand on recent progress here.
I recently attended an excellent Rail Heritage WA (RHWA) conference and will be reporting on the doings from our colleagues in the West .
Depending on time, we should also have quick updates from each T&H group on their key recent activities and upcoming events or projects.
Plenty for all, look forward to seeing you there – please pass on to others in your group as all are welcome.


Steve Strangward

Association of Tourist & Heritage Rail Australia Inc 

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