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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. 

Our programme of events for 2022/23 has now been added, please browse and we hope to see you at as many events as possible.

If you would like a PDF copy of our programme please click here. 

Please note that the Technical Visit to West Ealing and the evening lecture on Fast charging battery trains shown on the printed programme for 6 February has been rearranged for Monday 24 APRIL (same times and location) to have more certainty that the train will be available for inspection in service. Similarly the TfW rolling stock strategy lecture has been brought forward to Monday 6 February (same times and location). 

Most of the events will have greater detail added later, so please diary the time and date and keep looking at our website for further details.

We hope to have some of the events as hybrid meetings this year, as details become clearer they will be added to each event - but in the meantime we hope as many people as possible will be able to attend at the actual location.

Our AGM for 2022-23 will be held on 24 April 2023 now at the STEAM Museum. 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. 



Tom Moore

Centre Chair




Current and Future Events

Please click the event heading for further information.
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    06 February 2023 17:00 to 19:00
    Rooms 5/6, Western House - Swindon
    Andrew Gainsbury explains the way Wales procures trains and runs its railway.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    01 March 2023 17:00 to 19:00
    University of Bath
    Tim Sterry, Head of Rolling Stock Engineering at HS2, explaining Britain's next generation of high speed train for HS2. Joint event with Women in Rail
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Competition event
    20 March 2023 17:00 to 19:00
    Rooms 5/6, Western House - Swindon
    Aspiring young 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.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical visit
    24 April 2023 14:00 to 16:00
    West Ealing Station
    GWR engineers demonstrate the novel fast charging battery unit. With potential ride to Greenford and back on the train. Pre-booking mandatory for this event
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    24 April 2023 17:00 to 19:00
    STEAM Museum - Swindon
    GWR engineers explain the novel fast charging battery unit. Joint event with IET
    Industry: Railway
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