Welcome to the Midlands Centre of the Railway Division 

The 2021-22 session promises a return to normality and we will be holding face-to-face meetings again.

We plan to put on a wide ranging and interesting programme including the regular 'Future of Rail Presentation Competition' evening. The emphasis is of course on railways and summary of our forthcoming programme for 2021-22 can be viewed via the link on the left.

We generally hold joint meetings with the Derby Railway Engineering Society, a long established professional society for local railway engineers, and also with the Permanent Way Institution.

We have also sought to improve our links with the other engineering institutions to increase the breadth of issues we cover, incorporating the mechanical with the electrical and the civil aspects of an integrated railway system. We hope that these links will continue to bolster our programme and will support our members’ professional development.

Please note that due to the change of location, for the new session our meetings will commence at 18.00 for 18.30 and are preceded by tea, coffee and light refreshments. The meetings are free of charge and open to members and non-members.

Our regular venue for 2021/22 has changed from previous years and will be

The Waterfall
Railway Terrace
Derby DE1 2RU
(Free on-street parking is available after 18.00)

Please also note that the joint DRES meeting in December will be undertaken using a Zoom presentation
 
Formal posters advertising forthcoming meetings are circulated to the majority of railway-associated companies and individuals within the area prior to the date giving a summary of the lecture and the specific location. Details will also appear on the IMechE website.
 
If you (or your company) would like to be added to this circulation list please get in touch with our secretary on rdmidlands@imeche.org
 
 

Current and Future Events

Please click the event heading for further information.
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    20 October 2021 18:00 to 20:00
    The Waterfall - Derby
    James Collinson the new RD Chairman will present his address entitled 'Dots and Boxes: What railway engineers can learn from this strategy game!’
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    10 November 2021 18:00 to 20:00
    The Waterfall - Derby
    An overview of the concept and development of the novel VLR - - this is a joint meeting with the PWI
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    08 December 2021 18:00 to 20:00
    *TBC
    A Zoom meeting - Taking trains to Europe before the Tunnel will relate the trials and tribulations faced on three separate trips taking BR rolling stock to various European destinations in the late 1980s
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    12 January 2022 18:00 to 20:00
    The Waterfall - Derby
    Gareth Race will describe the challenges associated with replacing the EMR fleet and explain EMR's experience of introducing EMUs
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Competition event
    09 February 2022 18:00 to 20:00
    The Waterfall - Derby
    The annual competition which allows three young engineers to present an example of their role in a project with which they been involved Please note that the Centre's AGM will be held during the judging interval
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    09 March 2022 18:00 to 20:00
    The Waterfall - Derby
    Speakers will present an overview on the growth of Loram UK's existing maintenance and projects businesses and their development into main line operator, vehicle builder and international business
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    13 April 2022 18:00 to 20:00
    The Waterfall - Derby
    Karl Watts, CEO of Rail Operations (UK) will outline his organisation's plans to operate intermodal freight and provide an update on the introduction of the Class 93 locomotive
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical visit
    11 May 2022 11:00 to 17:00
    Great Central Railway - Loughborough
    A visit to the Great Central Railway - please note that the visit will be in May 2022 but the exact date is not yet confirmed Please also note that this event is bookable
    Industry: Railway
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