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Section Details

Chairman: Jeremy Smith

Secretary: Malcolm Pearce

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Meeting Venue

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

Unless otherwise notified, the Thames Valley Section technical meetings will be held in Network Rail’s Davidson House offices, Forbury Square, The Forbury, Reading RG1 3EU. 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” and follow the instructions on the PWI notice on the door to gain 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.
The meeting room is open from 1700, tea and coffee is provided courtesy of our sponsor, Network Rail, and the Section provides a light buffet of sandwiches and savouries. Meetings commence promptly at 1745.
Please note that visitor car parking at Davidson House is limited, please notify the Secretary at least the day before if you wish to use the facility. There are also 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


Section Programme

Wednesday 3rd January 2018 - Reading

PWI Presidential Visit & Red for Danger; An Old Railwayman's View of the Current UK Rail Network Safety Performance (Cliff Perry) Annual joint technical meeting with IMechE Railway Division SW Centre.

Wednesday 7th February 2018 - Reading (RE-SCHEDULED)

Portobello Junction: The Drainage Story 2015 - 2017 (Mark Howells, Senior Drainage Engineer, Network Rail Western Route)

Due to unforeseen circumstances this paper has been RE-SCHEDULED for 6th June 2018.

Wednesday 7th March 2018 - Reading

Dover Seawall Reinstatement (Peter Roberts, Professional Head of Track, Costain Group)

Tuesday 20th March 2018 - Didcot Railway Centre

Didcot Railway Centre: Visit & Technical Presentation - Please contact Malcolm Pearce to book your space

Wednesday 4th April 2018 - Reading

Section AGM & LU Points & Crossings - Design Development & Controlling Risk (Darren Sharp, Principal P&C Engineer, TfL)

Wednesday 25th April 2018 - PWI Electrification Technical Seminar

PWI Technical Seminar: Railway Junctions - The Electrification Challenges

Wednesday 2nd May 2018 - Reading

GWML Electrification – Work to the Intersection Bridges at Cardiff Central (Philip Holbourn, Holbourn Engineering)

Wednesday 6th June 2018 - Reading

Portobello Junction: The Drainage Story 2015 - 2017 (Mark Howells, Senior Drainage Engineer, Network Rail Western Route)

Friday 29th June 2018 - Section Visit to London Bridge Station

Contact Malcolm Pearce to book your space - recommended early booking as spaces are limited!

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Wednesday 3rd October 2018 - Reading

Various Topics of Historical and Contemporary Interest (Colin Brading, Fellow, PWI)