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Section Details

Chairman: Jeremy Smith.

Secretary: Malcolm Pearce

tel:01635 550326, mob: 07967 667019, e-mail:

 Meeting Venue

Network Rail’s Davidson House Offices, Forbury Square, The Forbury, Reading, RG1 3EU from 17:00 for 17:45

The offices are about 7 minutes walk from Reading Station forecourt. From Reading Station South side, turn left and walk past the Rail/Air coach stop, then turn right into Blagrave Street. Continue past the Museum on the left, and on approaching Marks & Spencer bear left. The main Post Office will be ahead, St.Laurence Church on the left; keep left and enter The Forbury. After c.150m you will reach Forbury Square on the right; turn right to face the entrance to Davidson House. Enter through the main doors, past the ground floor reception and through the security barriers (no sign-in or swipecard needed), then via the lift to the 4th floor. Approach the doors labelled “Reception” where you will be met and given access to Meeting Room No.1 and the facilities. The person giving you access will ask you to sign the PWI Register at this point.

Please note that there are no car parking facilities available at Davidson House, but there are public car parks nearby.  A non-smoking policy operates in the building, and the consumption of alcohol is not permitted anywhere on the premises.

Please follow link to events calendar for details of section meetings

Please click here to download March 2017 newsletter

Please click here for details of GW Technical Visit for 2017


Section Programme

Wednesday 4th January 2017 - Reading

Choosing the Right Trackform for a High Speed Railway (Niall Fagan, HS2 Ltd)

Joint meeting with IMECH Railway Division, SW Centre

Wednesday 1st February 2017 - Reading

Farnworth Tunnel Reconstruction (Beth Dale, J Murphy & Sons)

Wednesday 1st March 2017 - Reading

Safe by Design: S&C Track Design Good Practice Guide (Dr Sin Sin Hsu, Programme Engineering Manager, Network Rail)

Friday 10th March 2017 - Technical Visit - Thames Valley & Wessex Sections

Visit to Northern Line Extension Works at Battersea (Organised by Malcolm Pearce & Ken Newell)

Wednesday 5th April 2017 - Reading

The Gulf Oil Refinery Branch: Building a Railway 50 Years Ago (Richard Watts, PWI Fellow, Thames Valley) & Section AGM

Wednesday 3rd May 2017 - Reading

The Railway & Maritime History of East London (Ray Pocock, PWI Fellow, Thames Valley)

Wednesday 7th June 2017 - Reading

Further Slab Track Developments (Carl Garrud, Rhomberg Sersa (TBC)