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About us

Our Mission

The Permanent Way Institution provides technical knowledge, advice and support to all those engaged in rail infrastructure systems worldwide.

Membership is open to anyone who is either actively involved in the rail industry, retired or just has a general interest in rail infrastructure engineering.

Apprentices and students are particularly welcome. 

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We have so much to offer.

The Technical Hub - This is a dedicated area on the website bringing together technical resources for all aspects of rail infrastructure engineering.

Text Books - Industry leading text books and eBooks. Discounts are available for PWI members.

PWI Journal - The quarterly PWI Journal contains a wide range of technical papers on infrastructure engineering and is available to members and to purchase for non-members. The PWI has a list of all articles published in the PWI Journal since 1884 which are available to members. For more information visit the website.

Presentations - Members can download presentations from past PWI seminars.

Documents - You’ll nd useful industry documents, which are continually added to the website. Members’ documents can also be published, subject to technical review.

Forum - Ask questions and participate in the on-line discussions.

Member Dashboard - Set up your member pro le to tag subject areas that interest you, alert you to new items in those areas and to search for other members by name or technical discipline.

Videos - Watch the presentations from our seminars and industry videos on best practice through the website.

Events - The PWI runs 6-8 technical seminars a year. These technical seminars discuss the practical aspects of infrastructure engineering from the UK and Europe; looking at lessons learned and sharing best practice. Members bene t from signi cantly reduced delegate rates at all seminars. 



Head over to our membership page to learn more.