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MILESTONES & ACHIEVEMENTS

  • 1972 First meeting 
  • 1974 Registered as National Federation of Rail Societies Inc 
  • 1976 Agreement with Crown over access to network for trains of private rolling stock 
  • 1985 Network Access Agreement extended to locomotives 
  • 1991 Extensive consultation with MoT over new rail operating legislation 
  • 1992 Rail Service Licensing regime introduced 
  • 1993 Locomotive Boiler Code accepted 
  • 1996 Appointed to represent rail heritage industry on Industry Training Organisations 
  • 1999 Steam Driven Vehicle (driver's) Qualification registered 
  • 2000 Track Standards Code adopted as voluntary industry Code of Practice 
  • 2001 Appointed to Railway Level Crossing Safety Forum 
  • 2002 Changed name to Federation of Rail Organisations NZ Inc 
  • 2003 Appointed to National Rail Safety Consultative Forum 
  • 2004 Negotiated new Network Access Agreement with NZ Rail Corp / OnTrack 
  • 2005 Launched Purchasing Guidebook initiative 
  • 2005 Key submissions on new Railways Act affecting all rail operators. 
  • 2005 Successful reduction in LTNZ license fees for small operators. 
  • 2006 Participation in Rural Fire Authority railway fires minimisation project 
  • 2006 Toll announces mainline groups will not be able to use Tolls  licence / safety case to operate on the National Rail System so FRONZ initiates mainline groups to cover this operation under their own licences and are instrumental in setting up the Heritage Operating Committee and Heritage Technical Committee under NRSS11.
  • 2006 1st trains ran on national network wholly staffed by volunteers in safety-critical roles
  • 2009 Successful submissions to Select Committee on Infrastructure Bill
  • 2011 Successful submission on Utilities Access and Rail Corridors Code of Practice
  • 2012 Sccessful submission on accepting heritage tower wagons for use on tramways
  • 2013 Submission on fair distribution of gambling monies by community trurst (Commended for quality presentation by Select Committee
  • 2013 Input into review of NZTA
  • 2013 Discussions with associate transport minister on access agreement public liability insurance amount for Auckland and the successful outcome of Auckland transport accepting the amount.
  • 2013 Continuing representation as an industry to both NZTA and KiwiRail.
  • 2013 Negotiations of and sign off of a new FRONZ mainline access agreement
  • 2013 Mainline Fireman training commenced under the FRONZ umbrella