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Section Details

Chair: Liam Purcell

Vice Chair: Paul Richards

Secretary: John Garlick,, mobile:07532071727


Meeting Venues

Aston Court Hotel, Midland Road, Derby DE1 2SL at 17.30, light refreshments from 17:00.              

Jurys Inn Hotel, Station Street, Nottingham NG2 3BJ at 18.30, light refreshments from 18:00.

Please follow link to events calendar for details of section meetings

Please click here for the November 2021 Section Newsletter


Section Programme

Wednesday 20 January 2021 - Online Meeting

Dry Ice for Cleaning Rail Head - Prof. Roger Lewis & Prof. David Fletcher, Sheffield University

Tuesday 16 February 2021 - Online Meeting

Application of the Common Safety Method for Risk Evaluation and Assessment on Infrastructure Upgrade Projects - Paul Richards, Senior Consultant, Ricardo Rail 

Wednesday 17 March 2021 - Online Meeting

The History of CWR and Hot Weather Management or Derailment Risk and S&C - Andy Franklin, Network Rail and Vice President, PWI

Thursday 15 April 2021 - Online Meeting

The outlook for Tram Train Schemes in the UK and lessons learnt from Sheffield Supertram - Ian Ambrose, Technical Authority, Technical Lead, (Light Rail), Network Rail & Section AGM

Wednesday 19 May 2021 - Online Meeting

An overview of HS2 railway systems with a focus on high speed track design - Matt Hunt, Senior Track Systems Engineer, HS2 Ltd

Tuesday 21 September 2021 - Online Meeting

Differential speeds fit for today’s network: a low-cost way to shorter journey times - Joss Apps, Fellow, PWI

Thursday 5 October 2021 - Technical Seminar

PWI North West Technical Seminar - Hit the North. Booking now open!

Wednesday 13 October 2021 - Online Meeting

Masonry Arch Bridge: Limit States - Matthew Gilbert, University of Sheffield

Wednesday 10 November 2021 - The Waterfall, Derby

Joint meeting with The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

Part 1 - Overview of Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR) and test facility - Richard Jones, Business & Partnerships Manager or Dr Nick Mallinson, CEO, Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Organisation (BCIMO)

Part 2 - Concept and Development of Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR) track form - James Meredith and Chris Micallef, WMG, The University of Warwick

Thursday 25 November 2021 - Aston Court Hotel, Derby and Online Meeting

Joint meeting with Derby Railway Engineering Society (DRES)

Satellite Radar Interferometry (InSAR) for Asset Management of Railway Infrastructure - Professor Tim Wright, University of Leeds and SatSense 

N.B. This meeting will take place physically at The Aston Court Hotel, Derby where a light buffet will be available at the venue from 17:00 or joined virtually at 17:30 via the GoToMeeting link in the event details. 

Wednesday 8 December 2021 - Online Meeting

Route Asset Management in track - Andy Buck, Network Rail

Tuesday 18 January 2022 - Online Meeting

Switch and Crossing inspections from manufacture to maintain - Darren Sharp, Network Rail

Wednesday 23 February 2022 - Online Meeting

Flooding: Vegetation Control - Mona Sihota, Network Rail

Thursday 17 March 2022 - Online Meeting

Joint meeting with The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Electrification Programmes: Past, Present and Future - Peter Dearman, Deputy President, PWI

Tuesday 26 April 2022 - Online Meeting

Earth Works Weather Resilience - Howard Taylor, ORR & Section AGM

Wednesday 26 May 2022 - Online Meeting

Safety Taskforce - Nick Millington, Safety Task Force Leader, Network Rail and Deputy President, PWI