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: Technical Lecture
    28 April 2014 17:00 to 19:00
    Western House - Swindon
    Our AGM with election of the Chairman and members of the committee. This is followed by a presentation which will give an overview of the project to introduce a UK variant of the Vossloh EuroLight locomotive into the UK. Finally, the presentation will give a brief resume of current project progress along with future development opportunities for the Vossloh UK Light locomotive platform.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical Visit
    21 May 2014 16:00 to 18:00
    Technical visit to First Great Western's brand new depot at Reading. Numbers are limited, and pre-registration is essential. Please contact mick.james@rssb.co.uk to book your place.
    Industry: Railway
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