Amtrak CEO Announced as Dinner at the Roundhouse key speaker

Charles W Moorman, President and CEO of Amtrak – one of the world’s biggest railway operators with a turnover of around £4 billion – is this year’s keynote speaker at Dinner the Roundhouse at Derby on Thursday October 19.

To book your table, call Dinner at the Roundhouse on 01733 367600.

Businessman and visionary Mr Moorman is flying over especially to the UK from the United States to reveal to the DATR audience how he manages a business that operates across 46 states. What are his plans for 185mph expresses, developing the busy Washington-New-York inter-city and commuter corridor where 2,200 trains run every single day… and moving towards profit?

Says Dinner at the Roundhouse organiser Howard Johnston: “Charles Moore is one of the biggest world figures in transport, and his attendance confirms the dinner as a major event in the 2017 business diary. It is also a big opportunity to rub shoulders with both government and key industry leaders about current and planned investments.”

Working from an office that is only a stone’s throw from the White House and President Donald Trump, Mr Moorman is perfectly placed to advise on where transport sits amongst major political upheaval and uncertainty – just the advice we need as we all enter the world of Brexit.

The annual Dinner the Roundhouse – now in its 7th year – is the UK’s flagship railway networking event, and its supporters include Bombardier, Hitachi, Faiveley/Wabtec, SNC-Lavalin, Resonate, Linbrooke Services, Eversholt, Porterbrook, Arriva Train Care,  Arcadis, Comech, and Tecforce.

The 2017 Dinner at the Roundhouse on Thursday 19 October is the climax of a day when hundreds of senior figures will be visiting the city for a series of ‘Engine Room’ special events.

Derby has been hailed by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling as the Engine Room of Britain’s railways – so there can no better name for the East Midlands Rail Forum’s annual conference which is also taking place.

Dinner at the Roundhouse, which attracts top keynote speakers to the historic surroundings of the 1839 Roundhouse that is now within Derby College, is normally a sell-pout event with up to 600 attendees, and provides the unique chance for convivial informal networking until 1.30am.

The audience includes many of the UK’s major transport decision makers, including ministers, MPs, worldwide manufacturers, passenger and freight train operators, rolling stock leasing companies, suppliers. Recent celebrity hosts have included Brian Blessed and Sir Ranulph Fiennes, so top quality entertainment is guaranteed.

It is the tradition that the Dinner’s keynote speakers are at the very highest level of the profession – recent attendees have included of Bombardier Transportation international CEOs Laurent Troger and Lutz Bertling, Brian Souter, Founder and Chairman of Stagecoach, Andrew Wolstenholme, CEO of London Crossrail (twice), Richard Parry-Jones, Chairman of Network Rail, Tim O’Toole, CEO of First Group, , and Richard Brown, former Chief Executive Officer of Eurostar.

During the Engine Room day, a special RFM Showcase in the adjacent Carriage Shop Theatre will highlight the work the body and its 150 business members employing 25,000 people are doing to support the development of the next generation of skilled workforce, growing exports and accelerating and supporting innovation.

To learn more about 2017 Dinner at the Roundhouse, and see pictures from 2016, go to, or call 01733 367600.

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