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IoRW - Institute of Rail Welding 

IoRW is an independent body serving a wide range of individuals and organisations that have a keeninterest in rail welding. It is a focal point for good rail welding practice, development and competence and aims to raise awareness of rail welding throughout the industry

NSAR - National Skills Academy for Rail

NSAR Ltd was established with wide railway industry support to help tackle current and future skills needs within the railway engineering industry. The industry’s vision is that by 2015, its engineering workforce will have the necessary skills to support the maintenance, development and expansion of a first-class, cost effective 21st Century railway.NSAR doesn’t deliver training — we work with employers to understand their skills needs, with training providers to ensure they are delivering what the industry needs and with other stakeholders, such as sector skills bodies and Government, to make sure that the industry has the right qualifications to support its vision.


REF - Railway Engineers Forum

The Railway Engineers Forum (REF) is a multi-disciplinary body drawn from those Professional Institutions with strong railway interests:

  •   The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)

  •   The Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET)

  •   The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

  •   The Institution of Railway Operators (IRO)

  •   The Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE)

  The Permanent Way Institution (PWI)

The latest Combined Events List of all the above Institutions can be found here.

Railway Industry Association

The Railway Industry Association is the representative body for UK-based suppliers of equipment and services to the world-wide industry.RIA have kindly agreed to allow PWI members access to their events diary, industry news and other announcements that are published on their web site. You can keep up to date by regularly visiting the site. In addition, they will include us in the circulation of their newsletter (RIA Update) which is normally published at 6 to 8 weekly intervals and this will be made available on the PWI web

Rail Safety & Standards Board (RSSB)

RSSB is where the rail industry works together understanding risk, guiding standards, managing research, development and innovation and collaborating to improve. Improving industry performance

Railway Group Standards


The UEEIV is the cooperation platform of the European institutes of railway engineers. The core function of the UEEIV is the registration of EurRail-Ing. People registered as European Railway Engineer have additional chances on the international job market. More than 300 EurRail-Ing have been registered by the UEEIV, representing 18 countries.

The UEEIV offers a strong network of competent people in the railway sector. If promotes contact between professionals working in the sector, the railways and the supply industry. It also promotes the concerns of the EurRail Ing, the railways and the industry to politicians and public bodies.

Together with the Institutes of each country it also organises seminars, conferences, symposia and exhibitions. 24 Institutions in 21 countries are organised in the UEEIV, as well as 30 supporting members in 9 countries.

UEEIV website