Welcome to the South Western Railway Division Centre

Welcome to the South West Centre of the Railway Division. Our Centre covers a very large geographic area from Slough in the east and Southampton in the south, to the south west peninsular and south and mid Wales.

Our aim is to bring you an informative and interesting programme of presentations relevant to the rail industry in our area, where much investment is now taking place. Presentation topics vary from the latest developments in rolling stock and infrastructure to updates on major projects and interesting perspectives from the organisations that manage, operate, maintain and renew the railway.

All of our events are completely free to members and non-members. They are designed to further members’ professional development, but all are eminently suitable for anyone with an interest in railways generally. We aim to encourage links across engineering disciplines, and between the institutions, employers, and universities in our area.

Many events take place in Swindon, (normally with tea, coffee and sandwiches at 17.00 for a 17.30 start) but other times / locations are used. For further details of future events please view our Events section.
The Annual General Meeting of the Centre will be held on April 27th 2015. If you have any suggestions for future lectures, visits or other matters, or would like to be considered for a position on the Committee, we would be very pleased to hear from you at that meeting, or via the Hon.Secretary at any time.

We encourage informal debate after our events. At some events, drinks and nibbles are provided after the presentation, as outlined in the Events section. For those held at Western House, the Chairman and Committee will be pleased to have such discussions at ‘The Glue Pot’, 5 Emlyn Square, Swindon SN1 5BP. This is a traditional pub in Brunel’s Swindon Village, close to Western House and the station and opposite the Mechanics Institute (which can fairly claim to be the birthplace of the Railway Division!).

If you would like a copy of our 2014 - 2015 Programme flyer please click here. 

I look forward to welcoming you at our events.

Chris Kinchin-Smith
Chairman, Railway Division SW Centre

Current and Future Events

Please click the event heading for further information.
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    19 October 2015 17:00 to 19:00
    STEAM Museum - Swindon
    The Independently Powered Electric Multiple-Unit (IPEMU) project is a battery-powered train that entered trial passenger service in Essex, in January 2015. James Ambrose managed the project for Network Rail and explains the trials and the lessons learned.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    12 November 2015 18:00 to 20:00
    University of Bath - Bath
    A dual presentation from the supplier of the new train and the engineer planning for their use in service. More details to follow
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    14 December 2015 17:00 to 20:00
    STEAM Museum - Swindon
    Lecture about the exciting new trains coming to the Great Western, and an update about the factory in England being constructed to build them. Followed by a hot buffet. More details to follow.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    06 January 2016 17:15 to 20:00
    Davidson House - Reading
    Joint Event between Railway Division South West Centre and Permanent Way Institute. Andy Savage will look at the history of railway built heritage in the UK, the issues that led to the demolition of much of it, and how the RHT has contributed over the last 30 years to the retention and rehabilitation of what has survived.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    25 February 2016 18:00 to 21:00
    Reading University, Palmer 1.09 Lecture Theatre - Reading
    Talk about the design and planning for the new rolling stock MORE DETAIL TO FOLLOW
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Competition Event
    14 March 2016 17:00 to 19:00
    Rooms 5/6, Western House - Swindon
    One of the highlights of the year; Young Engineers (typically with less than 10 years experience) will present their papers, in competition with each other. The winner will receive a prize of £200 and will go forward for a place in the national final later in the year at Birdcage Walk, London. And other prizes for the runners-up. TO BE CONSIDERED FOR TAKING PART IN THIS EVENT PLEASE CONTACT MICK JAMES AT THE ADDRESS SHOWN BELOW
    Industry: Railway
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