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Section Details

Chair: Jeremy Smith

Secretary: Richard Antliff

mob: 07804 329497, e-mail:

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

Please click here to download the June 2019 newslines


Section Programme

Tuesday 22nd January 2019 - The Friends House, Euston Road, London

Professional Registration Workshop - Please click here for full information

Wednesday 6th February 2019 - Reading

Elizabeth Line Infrastructure Maintenance - Getting our Hands on the Railway (Jon Jarrett, Network Rail Head of Infrastructure, Crossrail)

Wednesday 6th March 2019 - Reading

Trackbed Investigation (Dr Phil Sharpe, AECOM)

Wednesday 3rd April 2019 - Reading

Platform Train Interface (Richard Quigley, Senior Gauging Engineer LNW, Network Rail)

Wednesday 1st May 2019 - Reading

Buffer Stop Design - Hints and Tips (Jeremy Smith) & PWI practical Trackwork Challenge November 2018, Rothley, Great Central Railway (Malcolm Pearce) ***Change to programme due to a family emergency***

Wednesday 5th June 2019 - Reading

High Output Track Renewals - Ready for CP6 (Doug Swinney, High Output Team Senior Programme Manager, Network Rail) Change of speaker!

Wednesday 11th September 2019 - Reading

The ORR's Railway Inspectorate in 2019 (Umar Ali, HM Principal Inspector, TOCs South)

Wednesday 2nd October 2019 - Reading

Details TBC

Wednesday 6th November 2019 - Reading

Details TBC

Wednesday 4th December 2019 - Reading Railway Club

Annual Social Event & Quiz

Wednesday 8th January 2020 - Reading

Annual Joint Meeting with IMechE