Welcome to the Midlands Centre of the Railway Division

Based in Derby, we have within our catchment area possibly the largest number of railway engineers of any of the centres. 

 

We put on a wide ranging and interesting annual programme including a regular Young Members’ presentation evening and a 2-yearly Colloquium, which is due to take place next year 2015.

The emphasis is of course on railways and a summary of our forthcoming programme for 2014/15 can be viewed via the link on the left.

We sometimes hold joint meetings with the Derby Railway Engineering Society, a long established professional society for local railway engineers, and more recently with the Derby & Derbyshire Rail Forum’s iRail events.

We have also sought to improve our links with the other engineering institutions to increase the breadth of issues we cover, incorporating the mechanical with the electrical and the civil aspects of an integrated railway system. We hope that these links will continue to bolster our programme and will support our members’ professional development.

Our meetings usually commence at 17.15 for 17.45 and are preceded by tea, coffee and light refreshments. The meetings are free of charge and open to members and non-members.

Our regular venue for 2014/15 will once again be

The Roundhouse
Roundhouse Road
Pride Park
Derby DE24 8JE

(Road access end of Roundhouse Road)

And we will also hold the occasional meeting at:

The Derby Conference Centre
(formerly the BR School of Transport)
London Road
Derby, DE24 8UX

Formal posters advertising forthcoming meetings are circulated to the majority of railway-associated companies and individuals within the area prior to the date giving a summary of the lecture and the specific location. Details will also appear on the IMechE website.

If you (or your company) would like to be added to this circulation list please get in touch with our secretary on rdmidlands@imeche.org




Current and Future Events

Please click the event heading for further information.
  • Event Type: Talk
    19 November 2014 17:15 to 19:30
    Derby Roundhouse - Derby
    Chris Dulake, Chief Engineer, Crossrail Ltd. will talk about the problems faced when building Crossrail - details to follow
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Talk
    04 December 2014 18:00 to 20:00
    Derby Conference Centre - Derby
    Caroline Griffiths will talk about the work of RAIB in her paper entitled - Improving the Safety Performance of the Railway
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Talk
    20 January 2015 17:15 to 19:30
    Derby Roundhouse - Derby
    Kouji Agatsuma of Hitachi will talk about the Intercity Express Programme
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Talk
    25 February 2015 17:15 to 19:30
    Derby Roundhouse - Derby
    Institution of Mechanical Engineers Railway Division holds a competition of technical presentations from Young Engineers. There is a cash prize to be won in the heat and £1000 in the final Our young engineers will talk about their direct involvement with various projects
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Talk
    19 March 2015 17:00 to 20:00
    Derby Roundhouse - Derby
    As part of the successful I-rail event our March meeting on Thursday 19th will be their ‘Distinguished Lecture’ - subject and speaker TBA
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Seminar
    15 April 2015 14:00 to 17:00
    Derby University
    The RD Midlands Centre's biennial Colloquium with the University of Derby
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Talk
    05 May 2015 17:15 to 19:30
    Derby Roundhouse - Derby
    Dave Coxon will describe the investigations undertaken to find a root cause and a solution
    Industry: Railway
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