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Welcome to the Railway Division South East Centre

Known as the RDSE, the centre is responsible for coordinating learned society activities in the southeast region of England on behalf of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Railway Division. Each year we organise a programme of events on rail-related subjects for those working, or have an interest, in rail.

The centre has organised another excellent range of talks from industry professionals. We start the year looking at building new and renewing old infrastructure. We continue with a talk on the GCRE followed by developments in rolling stock hybrid propulsion. As usual we will be hosting the regional heat of the Future of Rail presentation competition and hearing from the Railway Division Chair, which this year is Andrew Skinner. We complete the year hearing about developments in rolling stock for the Central line and with a technical visit to the London Transport Museum Depot in Acton.

This year we are planning programme of events up until the end of 2024. Thereafter we will plan on a calendar year basis, as opposed to the academic calendar.

Our events are held at the offices of the Rail Safety & Standards Board in Moorgate, London. Virtual attendance options will be provided at some of our talks, but in-person attendance is recommended for maximum benefit and to enjoy the complimentary refreshments!

We have launched our new LinkedIn page https://www.linkedin.com/company/imeche-se-rd/ where we will post upcoming event details and more. Follow the page to stay up to date. We will continue to post all events on this website where you can book a place. 

Toby Johnson

Centre Chair

Railway Division South East Centre

Current and Future Events

Please click the event heading for further information.
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    24 January 2024 18:00 to 19:00
    RSSB - London
    Hear about how batteries support a whole system approach to decarbonisation and complement electrification, interim solutions to accelerate decarbonisation and long-term opportunities.
    Industry: Railway
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Committee vacancies

The South East 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 the South East Heat of the Future of Rail presentation competition.


Interested volunteers should contact Toby Johnson centre chair (toby.johnson@member.imeche.org) 

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