Welcome to the Railway Division North Western Centre

The North Western Centre of the Railway Division of the IMechE is the learned society for joined up railway engineering and bases its activities in Manchester and the surrounding area, drawing on and fostering links with local industry, train operators, academic institutions and sister professional organisations, including the ICE, IET, IRSE and PWI. We are committed to providing support for members of the Railway Division in this region mainly through a programme of interesting and informative lectures and through this and other activities we aim to provide members with the skills, knowledge, support and development advice they need at every stage of their career.

Lectures on a variety of topics are normally given on the 2nd Tuesday in the month (but please check the Events Diary below for details) at 18:30 (sandwiches available from 18:00) at Manchester Metropolitan University on Oxford Road (close to Oxford Road railway station) in the centre of Manchester. We also have an annual Young Members’ evening at which younger Engineers present papers on current projects and the Railway Division Chairman’s Address usually takes place at the October event. The December lecture traditionally features an item on the engineering heritage aspect of the railway.

Members and guests are always welcome at our lectures and events (visits usually need prior registration, lectures do not) and anyone interested in joining our active committee should contact me.

You can now find out more about our activities and news about railway engineering in the North West on Facebook here:


Let us know if you come across anything that you think may be of interest to the North West's Railway Engineering community and worth putting on our Facebook site.

We also have a Twitter account: @IMechE_NWRD

Please find our latest programme download here

Howard Parkinson


Current and Future Events

Please click the event heading for further information.
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    10 December 2019 18:30 to 20:00
    Manchester Metropolitan University - Manchester
    The Digital Railway Joint Event with IRSE / IET
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    14 January 2020 18:30 to 20:00
    Manchester Metropolitan University - Manchester
    Railway Systems Mechanical Reliability
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    11 February 2020 16:45 to 20:00
    Alstom Transport Training Academy - Widnes
    Tour of Alstom’s facility at Widnes followed by the lecture: The Role For Hydrogen Trains In Decarbonising Transport.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    04 March 2020 18:30 to 17:00
    Institute of Railway Research, Huddersfield University - Huddersfield
    Academic Support For The Rail Industry, joint event with IMechE Railway Division, North Eastern Centre, includes tour of Huddersfield University Rail Technology Centre
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Competition event
    17 March 2020 18:30 to 20:00
    Manchester Metropolitan University - Manchester
    Each year the Railway Division holds a competition for the best technical presentations by Engineers in the early stages of their careers, with a first prize of £1000. Regional heats are followed by a final held in London. The North Western Centre AGM takes place on the same evening and offers of assistance for the committee are welcome.
    Industry: Railway
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