Welcome to the South Western Railway Division Centre

In this, my first year as Chairman of the South-Western Centre, I have pleasure in welcoming you to our programme of events for 2018-19. I hope that you will find this of interest.  All of our events are free and are open to engineers of all disciplines, and indeed to non-engineers. Everyone with an interest in our topics are welcome, please do spread the word amongst your friends and associates. This is especially important this year because the implementation of General Data Protection Regulations is causing a hiatus with reminder Emails, but we are still working towards a sensible interpretation of these regulations. 

With regard to this years events we are continuing our successful engagement with universities with a careers event and presentation, open to all, at the Universities of Bath and Portsmouth. There is also the popular Christmas family evening in December followed by a hot buffet, and I would particularly recommend the March Future of Rail presentation competition as a thoroughly interesting and enjoyable evening hearing about the work being done by a number of young developing engineers in our region.

Our AGM will be held on 8th April 2019.  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.

The summer social planned for 2019 will be a different format this time, we hope that you will be interested in a day out on the Gloucester and Warwickshire Steam Railway. 

Please note that an earlier version of the programme, which was previously available here, contained a typographical error (wrong date). For a correct printed copy of the 2018/19 programme please press here.

Matt Prosser

Centre Chairman


Current and Future Events

Please click the event heading for further information.
  • Event Type: Professional development event
    18 February 2019 17:00 to 19:00
    STEAM Museum - Swindon
    JOINT EVENT WITH IET. The challenges and benefits for UK of onboard ETCS fitment to railway vehicles.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Competition event
    18 March 2019 17:00 to 19:00
    Rooms 5/6, Western House - Swindon
    One of the highlights of the year; Young Engineers (typically with less than 10 years experience) will present their papers, in competition with each other. The winner will receive a prize of £200 and will go forward for a place in the national final later in the year at Birdcage Walk, London. Other prizes for the runners-up.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Professional development event
    08 April 2019 17:00 to 19:00
    Rooms 5/6, Western House - Swindon
    Annual General Meeting If you would like to join the committee of the Railway Division South Western Centre, or have any comments, please contact the Hon Secretary : rdswsec@imechenearyou.org. . Followed by a symposium. Magnus Conn will present the case for new vehicles and Phil Grey the case for refurbishment. The audience is then invited to interrogate the speakers and make up their own mind which is the better solution.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Social event
    29 June 2019 10:30 to 17:00
    Gloucester and Warwickshire Steam Railway - Cheltenham
    Summer social event. Train ride Cheltenham - Broadway return stopping at loco and C&W depots.
    Industry: Railway
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