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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

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 May 2017 Newslines


Section Programme

Wednesday 3rd May 2017 - Reading

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

Wednesday 7th June 2017 - Reading

Recent Developments in Standards & Practices for Ballastless Track (Barnaby Temple, Rhomberg Sersa UK) Change of paper & speaker!

Sunday 2nd July 2017 - Section Visit

Section visit to Sir William McAlpine’s Fawley Museum and Railway, Henley on Thames

Wednesday 6th September 2017 - Reading

Details TBC

Wednesday 4th October 2017 - Reading

Details TBC

Wednesday 1st November 2017 - Reading

Travel on Eastern European Railways (Peter Simmonds, PWI Fellow)

Wednesday 6th December 2017 - GWR SA Club, Reading

Annual Social Event & Quiz

Wednesday 3rd January 2018 - Reading

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

Details TBC

Wednesday 7th March 2018 - Reading

Details TBC

Wednesday 4th April 2018 - Reading

Details TBC

Wednesday 2nd May 2018 - Reading

Details TBC

Wednesday 6th June 2018 - Reading

Details TBC