Welcome to the South Western Railway Division Centre

Welcome to the website for the South Western Centre of the Railway Division of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers - IMechE. We hold meetings approximately monthly from September to April to which everyone is welcome. I am pleased to share our new programme of events in this my first year as chairman of the SW Centre. The past eighteen months have been very strange times for all of us and as I write this in July, we are hoping that the restrictions on our daily life will have been eased sufficiently by September 2021 and we will be permitted to hold actual meetings again. However, the uncertainty about the further easing of the national restrictions means that some meetings may be held virtually as webinars – you can join us by logging in with a computer, tablet or smartphone. Alternatively, some could be moved to a differently location to that originally planned. Please see below for the latest information and keep checking for the most reliable up-to-date position. Although we have all missed meeting each other the opportunity given by holding virtual meetings has led to larger attendances for us and other Centres so we are looking at ways of broadcasting live meetings to reach more people, again the latest details will be here on this website.


Our AGM for 2021-22 will be held on 28 April 2022. If you have any suggestions for future lectures, technical visits or other matters, or would like to be considered for a position on the Committee, we would be very pleased to hear from you. 


Please see below the details of our 2021/22 season and I hope that you will be able to join us on as many occasions as possible. All our meetings are open to all, but we do ask that you register online (so that we can send you the joining instructions if necessary). If you would like a PDF copy of our 2021/22 programme please click here. Please note there is a date error in the printed programme, the February 2022 event is Monday 7 (SEVENTH) of February.



Tom Moore

Centre Chair




Current and Future Events

Please click the event heading for further information.
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    07 February 2022 17:00 to 19:00
    STEAM Museum - Swindon
    Dr Jonathan Aylen, immediate past-president of the Newcomen Society, talks about the origins of the TOPS traffic management system in America being born from cold war defence computing.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    02 March 2022 16:00 to 19:00
    University of West of England - Bristol
    Railway industry employers’ careers fayre followed by Simon Lawson - Taylor Airey and John Batty - GWR speaking about the reconfiguration and installation of ETCS onto class 387 EMUs. From project initiation to daily operation, the talk will cover various aspects and challenges including design, authorisation and service introduction. Explaining the experience gained and the lessons learned for future ETCS rollout.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Competition event
    28 March 2022 17:00 to 19:00
    Aspiring engineers describe the technical challenges they have addressed in a presentation competition with monetary prizes and the chance to progress to the national final at Birdcage Walk. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO TAKE PART PLEASE CONTACT MICK JAMES
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    25 April 2022 17:00 to 19:00
    AGM of Railway Division South Western centre followed by presentation by Project Engineer from Siemens introducing the design challenges and technological innovations associated with London’s new deep tube stock.
    Industry: Railway
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