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 Future of Rail Young Members’ presentation competition evening.

The emphasis is of course on railways and summary of our forthcoming programme for 2018/19 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 2018/19 will once again be

The Roundhouse
Roundhouse Road
Pride Park
Derby DE24 8JE

(Road access at the 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: Technical lecture
    06 December 2018 17:15 to 19:30
    Derby Conference Centre - Derby
    Stadler Rail will present on the development and delivery of their Bi-Mode 'Flirt' trains for Greater Anglia
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical visit
    09 January 2019 17:15 to 19:30
    Derby Roundhouse - Derby
    Matt Brown of Galliford Try will talk to us about the design and delivery of the Derby station re-modelling
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Competition event
    13 February 2019 17:15 to 19:30
    Derby Roundhouse - Derby
    Our Future of Rail presentation competition gives three budding engineers the opportunity to recount their involvement in various projects – this is always an interesting night which we should fully support to encourage the next generation.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    13 March 2019 17:15 to 19:30
    Derby Roundhouse - Derby
    Balfour Beatty's Stephen Tait will present om the side range of applications for virtual reality technology in the rail industry More details to follow
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    10 April 2019 17:15 to 19:30
    Derby Roundhouse - Derby
    Representatives from West Midlands Trains and Bombardier Transportation will present on the implementation of the new franchise planned for West Midlands Trains and the new EMU fleet being introduced
    Industry: Railway
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