Welcome to the Railway Division North Western Centre

The North Western Centre of the Railway Division of the IMechE is the learned society for joined up railway engineering and bases its activities in Manchester and the surrounding area, drawing on and fostering links with local industry, train operators, academic institutions and sister professional organisations, including the ICE, IET, IRSE and PWI. We are committed to providing support for members of the Railway Division in this region mainly through a programme of interesting and informative lectures and through this and other activities we aim to provide members with the skills, knowledge, support and development advice they need at every stage of their career.

Lectures on a variety of topics are normally given on the 2nd Tuesday in the month (but please check the Events Diary below for details) at 18:30 (sandwiches available from 18:00) at Manchester Metropolitan University on Oxford Road (close to Oxford Road railway station) in the centre of Manchester. We also have an annual Young Members’ evening at which younger Engineers present papers on current projects and the Railway Division Chairman’s Address usually takes place at the October event. The December lecture traditionally features an item on the engineering heritage aspect of the railway.

Members and guests are always welcome at our lectures and events (visits usually need prior registration, lectures do not) and anyone interested in joining our active committee should contact me.

You can now find out more about our activities and news about railway engineering in the North West on Facebook here:

https://www.facebook.com/RDNWC/ 

Let us know if you come across anything that you think may be of interest to the North West's Railway Engineering community and worth putting on our Facebook site.

We also have a Twitter account: @IMechE_NWRD

Howard Parkinson
 

Chairman


Current and Future Events

Please click the event heading for further information.
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    23 October 2018 18:30 to 20:00
    Manchester Metropolitan University - Manchester
    The Railway Division Chair, Andy Mellors, will examine the economic and wider societal benefits which the rail industry delivers and consider the current challenges facing the industry, the engineering profession and our Institution. The lecture will also address what the Railway Division should focus on, including what we need to do to in order to move with the times and attract the next generation of potential engineers.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    13 November 2018 18:30 to 20:00
    Manchester Metropolitan University - Manchester
    Gareth Tucker will give an overview of the cutting-edge research and test equipment installed in the Institute of Railway Research’s new £4.5M laboratory facility at the University of Huddersfield. The laboratory will significantly boost fundamental research, advancing the science of wheel-rail interaction vehicle dynamics, materials technology and emerging research areas such as remote condition monitoring systems (RCM) and Big Data analytics as part of the developing digital railway.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    11 December 2018 18:30 to 20:00
    Manchester Metropolitan University - Manchester
    Transpennine Express is delivering state of the art trains under the “Nova” banner to their customers in the North of England and Scotland. The Nova family includes five car bi-mode trains from Hitachi, five car electric trains from CAF and, for those who thought that loco hauled trains were no more, new carriages from CAF to be hauled by Class 68 locomotives. Sami Gebachi will introduce us to the new fleet and discuss some of the technical challenges associated with their introduction.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    08 January 2019 18:30 to 20:00
    Manchester Metropolitan University - Manchester
    In 2014 Andy Martlew introduced us to the innovative Class 68 Eurolight diesel locomotives supplied to Direct Rail Services (DRS) by Vossloh España (now Stadler Rail) from 2014 on. Following on the from the success of the Class 68s, DRS went on to procure the Class 88 Eurodual, developed from the 68 and capable of operating either from the overhead line or from the onboard diesel engine. Andy will describe the development of the Eurodual and its introduction into service.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Competition event
    12 March 2019 18:30 to 20:00
    Manchester Metropolitan University - Manchester
    Each year the Railway Division holds a competition for the best technical presentations by Engineers in the early stages of their careers, with a first prize of £1000. Regional heats are followed by a final held in London. The North Western Centre AGM takes place on the same evening and offers of assistance for the committee are welcome.
    Industry: Railway
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