Welcome to the South Western Railway Division Centre

I have pleasure in welcoming you to our programme of events for 2017-18. All the events are shown below, I hope that you will find this of interest.  All of our events are free and are open to engineers of all disciplines, and indeed to non-engineers. All with an interest in our topics are welcome.

We are continuing our successful engagement with universities with a careers event and presentation, open to all, at the University of West of England, Bristol this year. There is also the popular Christmas family evening in December followed by a hot buffet, and I would particularly recommend the March Future of Rail presentation competition as a thoroughly interesting and enjoyable evening hearing about the work being done by a number of young developing engineers in our region.

Our AGM will be held on 16th April 2018.  If you have any suggestions for future lectures, technical 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.


Andy Mellors

Centre Chairman


Current and Future Events

Please click the event heading for further information.
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    05 February 2018 17:00 to 19:00
    STEAM Museum - Swindon
    Joint event with IET. Robert Phillpotts from TE Connectivity explains the ‘mystery’ of what goes on between the pantograph and the traction transformer, how the equipment has evolved and the latest innovations being applied to this aspect of train design.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Competition event
    12 March 2018 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. If you would like to take part and submit a paper please contact m.james4@ntlworld.com
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    16 April 2018 17:00 to 19:00
    Rooms 5/6, Western House - Swindon
    AGM of the Railway Division South Western centre followed by presentation on the engineering and commercial challenges of life extension of existing rolling stock
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical visit
    17 May 2018 10:00 to 14:00
    Reading Depot
    Daytime visit to brand new wheel lathe installed in the existing Reading depot, pre-booking ESSENTIAL Please register on this website
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Social event
    25 July 2018 17:00 to 20:00
    Great Western Society DIDCOT
    Traditional summer event, with an evening event on site exclusively for Railway Division. Visit includes a buffet tea, pre-booking ESSENTIAL Please register on this website
    Industry: Railway
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