North East Rail Division Centre

The North East Rail Division Centre’s aim is to provide a relaxed informative forum which enables people to keep abreast of developments within the Rail Industry, expand their network of contacts and explore new interests.

To achieve this, the North East Rail Division Centre organises a varied range of events including presentations, papers, lectures and discussion forums. Our events include a wide variety of topics including local, national and international developments. These events are always of interest and where possible hot off the press and topical.

Our events are open to all – not just people in the Railway Industry.

Last season's exciting topics included: “Update on Rolling Contact Fatigue”, “Gauge changing bogies in Spain” and a discussion on the “Future of High Speed Rail in the UK”


Our events rotate around the three cities of York, Doncaster, Leeds. This is to try and give as many people as possible the opportunity to attend.


Our events generally start at 18:30 with refreshments available from 18:00. Note that this is not always the case but any change will be noted on our website and promotional material.

Events are held in the second week of the month (September to April) on either a Tuesday or Wednesday. Again this is to give as many people as possible the opportunity to attend.


The North Eastern Centre committee consists of a mixture of working and retired people from different areas across the Rail Industry. We all have one common passion – to share and drive the engineering developments within the Railway Industry.


Come along to one of our events listed below.

If you would like any further information or would like to make a suggestion for a future events then please don’t hesitate to get in touch via email or phone. Click here for contact details.

Please also get in touch if you would like to be added to our email list to receive information on up and coming events.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our events in the near future.

Current and Future Events

Please click the event heading for further information.
  • Event Type: Competition event
    23 January 2017 17:30 to 21:00
    Wabtec Rail Ltd - Doncaster
    The annual IMechE competition for engineers in the earlier part of their careers to present their papers as part of the North East regional round. The winner will go forward to the London Finals that will be held in May.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    25 January 2017 17:30 to 21:00
    Wabtec Rail Ltd - Doncaster
    Clair Mowbray, Chief Executive, National College for High Speed Rail talks about Doncasters new high speed rail college currently under construction.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    16 February 2017 18:00 to 21:00
    York Engineers' Triangle - York
    John Doughty, Engineering Director, for Virgin East Coast, presents our Keynote speech with this years topic about the challenges of providing and maintaining a fleet for the East Coast Mainline
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    14 March 2017 18:00 to 21:00
    Oxford Place Centre - Leeds
    Richard McClean from Arriva Trains presents a lecture on the recent changes for Rail in the North of England and what this will mean for the future
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    10 April 2017 17:00 to 21:00
    Wabtec Rail Ltd - Doncaster
    Engineer Steve Hoather explains the developments of this exciting project to resurrect the World’s first internal combustion passenger train.
    Industry: Railway
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