Automated Railways Seminar

Join us for perhaps the most comprehensive in-depth seminar on rail automation to be held to date.

Delegates can watch 17 pre-recorded presentations from international industry experts in advance of two live 90-minute seminar sessions, which will each include an interactive Q & A.

IRSE members can receive a 30% discount at check out using member code IRSEVQXN2GV


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IRSE News September 2020

September's IRSE News is now available online.  

As well as the latest news from the Institution and Local Sections, it includes features on cyber security and on inclusivity in the rail sector, for passengers and staff.





Presidential Programme

Downloadable Programme

Click below to download the current programme of events for Dr Daniel Woodland's Presidential year.



IRSE Professional Examination

In order to be able to deliver the 2020 IRSE professional examination in a safe way on 3 October for all candidates, facilitators and invigilators, we have been continuing to review the COVID-19 situation around the world which, as we are all aware, changes on a daily basis.

Education & Professional Development Committee have agreed that the only way to deliver the examination on Saturday 3 October is by a remote online software solution.  There will be no exam centres this year; candidates will take the exam at a suitable venue to them (be that home, work or another quiet place). 

There is much work going on to ensure that this innovative and proactive solution is robust for our professional exams - keep an eye on our exam news page (link below) for all updates.

If you know any exam candidates, please help us by supporting their studies.



Paul McSharry

Paul is  principal signalling engineer, managing director and professional head of signalling and telecoms, Kilborn Consulting Limited, UK a relatively small and independent provider of railway signalling and telecoms consultancy, feasibility and design services. He is  an Incorporated Engineer and a Chartered Manager, a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, a Member of the Chartered Management Institute and a Member of the Institute of Directors. 

As the leader of an SME, he is passionate about promoting the role of SMEs in the UK railway industry and  is a member of the Rail Supply Group (RSG) SME Council and Railway Industry Association (RIA) SME Group. 
He has 39 years’ experience in railway signalling and control systems, starting his  career at London Underground in 1981 as an engineering technician apprentice. His 13 years at LUL included secondment to Docklands Light Railway and the Central Line Resignalling Project. In 1994, he was one of, if not the first railway signalling engineers to leave LUL and join Railtrack. He became an independent consultant in 1997 forming  Kilborn Consulting Limited with a colleague in 2000, taking full control of the company in 2008.

He has been a Member of the IRSE since 2002 and sits on the E & PD and Licencing committee. He is also an IRSE mentor and an assessor/professional review interviewer for those seeking Engineering Council registration. 


Steve Boshier

Steve is a railway signalling engineer who has 38 years’ experience, working across a range of different railway networks and countries during his career.  Having joined the IRSE in 1992, he has held a range of roles including Chairperson Australasian Section, Country Vice President and IRSE Council.

Over the years, Steve has acted as a change agent implementing In Cab Signalling, Automatic Train Protection systems and re-signalling solutions utilising Computer Based Interlocking whilst also driving a strong focus on Asset Management. In his current role as manager, Asset Integration and Completions he is working in Melbourne, Australia on their $70 billion Transport Big Build Program driving a whole new way of implementing new assets into a complex multi stakeholder environment.


North Eastern Railways Engineers' Forum 24th Annual Event - 'Railway Enhancements for the North East'‚Äč

15th September 2020, Online. 18:00 - 20:45 (UTC+1)

Members and non-members welcome

A joint online event by iMechE ICE IRSE IET PWI RCEA sponsored by SABRE RAIL

Programme :

  • Trans-Pennine Route Upgrade - Neil Kerry, Jacobs 
  • Digital Railway in the North East - Adam Lowery, Network Rail 
  • New Trains for Tyne & Wear Metro - Neil Blagburn, Tyne & Wear Metro
  • ECML Power Upgrade - Joshua Granshaw, Siemens Mobility

London & South East Section - Degraded Mode Working System (formerly Compass)

24th September 2020, Online. 18:00 - 20:00 (UTC+1)

Speaker Chris Fulford is the technical lead overseeing the development of the Degraded Mode Working System (DMWS) (formerly known as COMPASS).

Click below for further details and registration information.


Scottish Section lecture - ‘Westrace Trackside System’
Presentation by Ben Pugh, Siemens

30 September 2020, Glasgow UK

Further details coming soon, please check website via link below for latest updates.