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IRSE News March 2020

March's IRSE News is now available online.  

Noel Burton writes about the potential impact of driverless vehicles on the rail sector, we look at train protection in Argentina and Francis How reflects on the activity of the Future Integrated Railway Think Tank, asking if we are doing enough as an industry in terms of accessibility.



Younger Members AGM and Exam Review

3rd March, London, UK

The IRSE Younger Members, supported by the IRSE Exam Committee, are pleased to announce their Half Day Seminar, AGM and Exam Review. As always, the event is open to both Members and Non-Members and is free to attend.

LIVESTREAMED from 17:30 GMT vimeo.com/IRSE


Delivering Metro Travel in Sydney

27th March, Glenelg, AU @16:00 ACDT (UTC +10.5HRS)

Steve Allday of Sydney Metro will discuss the Sydney Metro City & Soutwest (SMC&SW) upgrade, which is an augmentation to the existing recently opened Sydney Metro Northwest.



Technical visit to Dean Forest Railway

28th March, Lydney, UK

The DFR opened its first 200 yards of track in 1970 with the aim of preserving the last remaining section of the Severn and Wye Railway and boasts innovative train detection and level crossing systems



IRSE AGM and Presidential Address

23rd April, London, UK

The 107th Annual General Meeting of the IRSE Dinner will be held at the IET, Savoy Place London from 17:30

Book your free ticket below:


IRSE Annual Dinner

24th April, London, UK

The 56th Annual IRSE Dinner will be held at London's iconic Landmark Hotel.

This year's Guest of Honour is Paul Seller, MD Ricardo Rail and the evening promises to be a gala occasion.


FIRTT - Future Integrated Railway Think Tank

18th March, London, UK

The Future Integrated Railway Think Tank  aims to stimulate fresh thinking, drawing on ideas from ‘disruptive’ organisations to determine how Britain’s railways can harness digitisation to become more accessible, dependable, affordable and sustainable.


International Convention Toronto Canada 2020

7th to 11th September 2020, Toronto, Canada


We are delighted to announce that with the assistance of the IRSE North American local section, the 2020 Convention will take place from 7th to 11th September 2020 in Toronto, Canada.

The bi-annual IRSE International Convention is week long programme of presentations, technical visits and networking opportunities for mainline and metro professionals about train control and inter-operability.



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Professional exam - October 2020

Applications for the IRSE professional exam will open soon.   Find out more about the exam and how to apply below.



York Local Section - North Yorkshire Moor Railway

5th March 2020; York, UK

Craig Donald of North Yorkshire Moor Railway will be speaking at this York local section technical talk. Please note change in date! This has now been moved to 5th March 2020 from 12th March 2020 to avoid clash with the York annual dinner. Click here for more information.


Western section: The obsolescence of GSM-R and other telecoms issues

5th March 2020; Swindon, UK

Nothing lasts forever, not even a network-wide reliable system like GSM-R. Paul Darlington FIRSE will tackle questions around telecoms, the oft-ignored and neglected sister discipline of signalling, in the latest technical presentation by the IRSE Western Section. Click below for further details.


York Section Annual Dinner

12th March 2020; York, UK

York Section Annual Dinner 2020
The IRSE York Section's annual dinner is an opportunity to dine at a lovely venue in York, raise money for charity and network with others from IRSE and the railway industry. More information here.


Young Rail Tours - Japan 2020

13th March 2020; London, UK

Young Rail Tours (YRT) is a new collaboration with young members of the iMechE's railway division, the IRSE, YRP and the IET's railway technical professional network.


New Merseyrail Rolling Stock

18th March 2020; Liverpool, UK

Midland and North Western Section present this technical paper with speaker Wayne Menzies. Click below for more information.


Plymouth Section - 50th Anniversary Dinner

20th March 2020; Liverpool, UK

A celebration dinner will be held in order to mark the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Plymouth Section of the IRSE.


Scottish Section lecture 'Taking the reasonable opportunity'

24th March 2020; Glasgow, UK

Lynsey Hunter from Network Rail, will be talking about 'taking the reasonable opportunity'.


London & South East Section - Crossrail

26th March 2020; London, UK

Tom Godfrey from Bombardier’s Rail Control Solutions & Rory Mitchell from Crossrail will explore the safety critical and non-safety critical interfaces to the Crossrail signalling system and their impact on movement authorities. Booking essential for building security purposes via Eventbrite (click below)


Australasian Section - AGM, Technical Meeting & Networking

27th March 2020; Glenelg, AU

Theme: "The 20's in the 21st Century" Signalling the Way Ahead with Communications. Keynote Speaker: Simon Foster, Executive Director Technical, Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator. Click below for more information, including how to book your place.


Telecommunications Study Day

4th April; London, UK

This event is aimed at increasing telecommunications knowledge for those in railway signalling or telecoms.

The day will consist of a number of talks and demonstrations spanning telecommunications principles, cybersecurity, ERTMS, right down to signal post telephones, all within a railway context. This event will also be useful for those planning to take IRSE exam modules 4, 6, or the new module A in 2020, or the new modules C or D in the future. A number of past paper questions will be discussed during the day, however the event will also be useful for those just looking to expand their knowledge.