Programme for the 2021/2022 session

The 2021-22 session will see a return to normal face-to-face meetings and we hope to provide an interesting and varied selection of topics.
We planned to hold our meetings face to face on the second Wednesday of each month but note that the December meeting will be a Zoom presentation

The session opener was on Wednesday 8th September when Jez Yarnall of DATS told us about the work his company undertook as part of the Midland Main Line Electrification Programme

On 20th October the new RD Chairman James Collinson presented his very entertaining Chairman's address - ‘Dots and Boxes: what it can teach railway engineers and organisations’

On 10th November an overview of the concept and development of the novel Coventry Very Light Railway a very interesting and novel idea - this was a joint meeting with the PWI

Please note that the meeting on 8th December took the form of a Zoom presentation when our Chairman Dave Coxon related the trials and tribulations of ‘Taking trains to Europe before the Tunnel’ - this was a joint meeting with DRES


Due to a number of issues we have decided that the lectures in 2022 will all be presented via ZOOM

The New Year opened on January 12th when Gareth Race, Head of Fleet for EMR, described the challenges associated with replacing the EMR fleet and explain their experience of introducing EMUs. This meeting was held virtually 

The Future of Rail Presentation Competition will be held virtually on 9th February where we heard 2 papers by local younger engineers. This meeting was held virtually and the winner was James Morrison of Ricardo with his paper on management of icing on OLE

On 9th March Karl Watts, CEO of Rail Operations (UK) will outline his organisation’s plans to operate high speed intermodal freight and provide an update on the introduction of  the class 93 locomotives - This meeting will be held virtually 

On 13th April, speakers from Loram UK 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 - speakers TBC - This meeting will be held virtually 

In mid- May 2022 there will be a technical visit to the Great Central Railway at Loughborough - As numbers will be limited, this event will restricted to IMechE members and will require pre -registration - details to follow

Please support your IMechE Railway Division Midlands Centre by coming along to the meetings
which are free of charge and open to members and non-members.


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