Welcome to the South Western Railway Division Centre

Welcome everyone the website for the South Western Centre of the Railway Division of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers - IMechE. We have now, along with other Railway Division Centres, changed from planning events for the academic year to a normal calendar year. We have extended our, already published, events for early 2024 and now look forward to welcoming you to our face-to-face meetings arranged for the whole of the year.  The planned events for the whole of 2024 are shown below - please click on the title of the event to find more details.

Our AGM this year is in its traditional slot of April 22nd and I hope to see as many of you as possible.

We are continuing our successful engagement with universities with a career fayre and presentation at Southampton University in March.

For a pdf copy of the 2024 programme please click here

Up to date information about our programme is available here on our website, please do keep checking here.

All our meetings are free and open to everyone, please do help us to spread this message amongst friends, family, and colleagues.

Please do let us know if you have any ideas for topics or events you would like us to put on. Also, have you considered joining the organising committee? We would be very pleased to hear from you.

In May we have a technical visit planned to see the fast charge battery train in action on the Greenford branch, meeting at West Ealing station - booking for this event is essential please click on the event title below and register your name.

Similarly the summer social on Wednesday 10 July is a return to our successful events at the Great Western Society Didcot Depot and also requires pre registration to attend the event. There is likely to be a small attendance fee to participate in this event, more details will be available closer to the date.

So wishing everyone a healthy and successful 2024 and look forward to meeting you at our events 


Tom Moore

Centre Chair




Current and Future Events

Please click the event heading for further information.
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    22 April 2024 17:00 to 19:00
    Western House - Swindon
    Joint event with IET. Chris Ashworth, national aerial survey specialist explains Network Rail’s use of helicopters and drones for inspection of the infrastructure.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical visit
    14 May 2024 14:00 to 16:00
    West Ealing Station
    Meet at West Ealing Station to view the new fast charge battery train and have the process explained by GWR engineers. There will then be a chance to ride on train to Greenford and back = please register if you are interested
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical visit
    10 July 2024 17:00 to 21:00
    Great Western Society DIDCOT
    Annual summer technical visit and social event
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    09 September 2024 17:00 to 19:00
    Western House - Swindon
    New railway division chairman, Iain Rae, gives his chairman's address to the South Western Centre
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    22 October 2024 19:00 to 21:00
    Joint event with IET - more details when confirmed
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    12 November 2024 17:00 to 19:00
    Siemen's - Chippenham
    Siemens project engineers will present including demonstration of some of the new technologies manufactured and implemented in UK currently being introduced on our mainline railway..
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    09 December 2024 17:00 to 20:00
    STEAM Museum - Swindon
    Modern Railways columnist Ian gives his own unique view of the British railway scene. Xmas family lecture followed by complimentary buffet.
    Industry: Railway
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