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: Social Event
    05 August 2015 17:00 to 20:00
    Great Western Society DIDCOT
    This year a summer social will be held at the Great Western Society for an evening visit to the Didcot Railway Centre. The centre will remain open after the public day to allow exclusive access to the exhibits as well as the steam demonstration line running especially for us. Entry is free, however pre-registration for this event is ESSENTIAL for each person attending. To do this please send an e-mail to mick.james@rssb.co.ukby Friday 31st July. Limited places please book early.
    Industry: Railway
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