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Welcome to the Railway Division South-East Centre

Welcome to the Railway Division South-East Centre 2022-2023 Programme

The big change for this year is moving our talks to the offices of the Rail Safety and Standards Board. The facilities at RSSB will allow us to deliver hybrid events whilst keeping our centre identity and minimising costs. We are planning for all our events to be hybrid in format, which provides networking opportunities and greater interaction with the speakers as well as the facility to attend remotely if you cannot be there in person. We are also changing from Mondays to a Thursday evening schedule for our events to better suit members’ working patterns.

My committee has again planned an excellent programme for this year. We have tried to cover a range of topics to provide a breadth of information to our members. We plan to cover high speed infrastructure, signalling upgrades, new rolling stock, train testing, rail research and the wheel-rail interface.

We will of course be holding the South-East regional heat of the Future of Rail presentation competition from the next generation of rail engineers.

As always, if you would like to volunteer for the IMechE then we would welcome your help on the Railway Division Southeast Centre committee.

Toby Johnson

Centre Chair

Railway Division South-East Centre

Committee vacancies

The southeast centre of the Railway Division is currently seeking volunteers to join our active and friendly committee. Volunteering is a great way to show your commitment to the profession, make new contacts and develop new skills.

Young members' representative 

Responsibilities include: liaising with Young Members committee, organising southeast heat of the Future of Rail presentation competition.

Communications/Publicity Officer

Responsibilities include: Updating website content, sending centre events marketing emails. Training and support will be provided.

Interested volunteers should contact Toby Johnson centre chair ( 

Replay our talks

It's now possible to replay our webinars that you may have missed, or just want to watch again. Links will be added to this page after our webinars have taken place.

Current Developments in Operational Cyber Security

Barking Riverside Extension

New Deep Tube Trains for London

On-Track Plant Now and in the Future

Introduction of Merseyrail Fleet

The Judicious Mix for Decarbonisation

Evolution of Hitachi Trains

The Long History and Exciting Future of Railway Systems Thinking

Platform Train Interface and RD SE AGM

The IMechE has a repository of talks on its Webinar Hub
Current and Future Events

Please click the event heading for further information.
  • Event Type: Competition event
    23 February 2023 17:30 to 19:00
    Southeast heat of the IMechE's Future of Rail presentation competition for new industry starters. Young members compete to be crowned regional champion and for a place in the national final.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    16 March 2023 17:30 to 19:00
    RSSB - London
    A talk on UCL's Person-Environment-Activity Research Laboratory, known as PEARL.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    20 April 2023 17:30 to 19:00
    RSSB - London
    Andrew Tilson, Managing Director at Meridian Generic Rail will discuss the conception of an OEM for an order, design, build and the approval process.
    Industry: Railway
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