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 and visits 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. 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.

Most events take place on Monday evenings in Swindon, (normally with tea, coffee and sandwiches at 17.00 for a 17.30 start). For further details of future events please view our Events section.
 
The Annual General Meeting of the Centre will be held on April 28th 2014. 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 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 2013 - 2014 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: Professional Development Event
    29 September 2014 17:00 to 19:00
    Rooms 5/6, Western House
    Railway Division Chairman's Address - more details to follow
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Professional Development Event
    20 October 2014 17:00 to 19:00
    STEAM Museum - Swindon
    JOINT EVENT WITH IET Explanation of the latest technological thinking on that most important of interfaces between rolling stock and infrastructure, the collection of current by the locomotive pantograph from the overhead conductor cable.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Professional Development Event
    11 November 2014 18:00 to 20:00
    Swansea University - Swansea
    JOINT EVENT WITH I MECH E SOUTH WALES REGION The Hitachi Super Express Train is the new generation of high speed trains which will operate on the Great Western Main Line after it is electrified, and on other inter-city routes in Britain. The trains will be assembled at a new factory in the north of England and the GW trains will be maintained at depots in Bristol and west London. The lecture will include aspects of the design, manufacture, operation and maintenance of the trains.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Professional Development Event
    17 November 2014 17:00 to 19:00
    Rooms 5/6, Western House
    An exploration of the latest technological thinking on getting the best from diesel engines used in the railway environment
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Professional Development Event
    15 December 2014 17:00 to 19:00
    STEAM Museum - Swindon
    This years annual family event is in the form of a travelogue. Great Railway Journeys will describe some of the exotic and exciting destinations - and more importantly journeys - that can be achieved worldwide by train. From the Ghan in Australia, the Trans Siberian Express and trips through the Rocky Mountains railway travel is a worldwide delight. After the presentation and audience participation everyone is welcome to stay behind and continue the debate over drinks and a hot finger buffet.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Professional Development Event
    07 January 2015 17:15 to 20:00
    Davidson House
    JOINT EVENT WITH THE PERMANENT WAY INSTITUTE The National Skills Academy for Rail Engineering present their vision for closing the skills gap in the railway industry
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Professional Development Event
    24 February 2015 18:00 to 20:00
    University of Bristol - Bristol
    JOINT EVENT WITH I MECH E WESTERN REGION The Hitachi Super Express Train is the new generation of high speed trains which will operate on the Great Western Main Line after it is electrified, and on other inter-city routes in Britain. The trains will be assembled at a new factory in the north of England and the GW trains will be maintained at depots in Bristol and west London. The lecture will include aspects of the design, manufacture, operation and maintenance of the trains.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Competition Event
    16 March 2015 17:00 to 19:00
    Rooms 5/6, Western House
    One of the highlights of the year; Young Engineers (engineers 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. TO BE CONSIDERED FOR TAKING PART IN THIS EVENT PLEASE CONTACT MICK JAMES AT THE ADDRESS SHOWN BELOW
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Professional Development Event
    27 April 2015 17:00 to 19:00
    Rooms 5/6, Western House
    The Annual General Meeting of the South Western Centre of the Railway Division of the I Mech E. This is followed by a presentation on the strategy for procuring rolling stock for the outer London commuter services in the Thames Valley after it is electrified.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Professional Development Event
    12 May 2015 18:00 to 20:00
    UTC Swindon
    JOINT EVENT WITH IET After the electrification of the Great Western Mainline from London to Bristol and Swansea what is the maintenance regime already planned to keep the service running
    Industry: Railway
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