IRSE Bulletin – September 2022

Posted on 2022-09-02 14:04:56

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IRSE News September 2022

The September edition of IRSE News is available online.

As well as the latest news from the Institution and Local Sections, this edition features articles on standards for automated urban guidance, coverage of the Minor Railways Section AGM and Andy Stringer’s article on the impact of ETCS of the signal engineer.  

The video version of Andy’s livestream lecture is also available on our Vimeo channel here, and will shortly be updated with an extended Q&A. (See notes on Vimeo)read online

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The IRSE International Convention

12-16 September 2022; Glasgow, UK

For those of you who have booked accommodation at the Marriott on the IRSE rate, please note this price DOES include breakfast.

To enquire about last minute places on the Convention please email 

North Eastern Railway Engineer’s Forum 2022

28 September 2022; York, UK and online — 17:30 for 18:00

This is the annual meeting of the North Eastern Railway Engineers’ Forum (NEREF). 

NEREF represents members of the principal engineering institutions involved in railway engineering that are located in North East England. As in the past, the aim is to inform engineers across relevant disciplines of significant developments within our industry and region. To register visit or click below.

No acknowledgement will be given initially but a reminder will be sent a few days before the meeting to those who register. Log-in details will also be sent to online participants the day before the meeting.register

York and North East Section Annual Dinner

6 October 2022, National Railway Museum; York, UK

President Andy Knight will be the guest speaker at the York and North East Section dinner.

We thank Siemens for their generous support of this event. For more details and to book click below:more info / book

New exam study resources available online

Reminder to all exam students that there are lots of resources on Vimeo, thanks to our Younger Members’ section and other generous volunteers.

A study day for those taking the Certificate in Railway Control Engineering Fundamentals (Module A) has been arranged for 3 September – sign up here.

Bookings have now closed for the exams in October 2022 but planning has started for the Certificate (Module A) to be run again in March 2023 and all modules (Certificate and Modules B-D) in October 2023 – keep an eye on your member communications for further details.view study resources

IRSE Certificate (module A) study day

3 September 2022, online

Test your knowledge of the fundamentals of railway control systems engineering in this fun quiz style event with the IRSE Younger Members’ Section.

Click below for more information or to book.more info / book

‘Back to Basics’ Seminar

20 September 2022, online

All are welcome to join the IRSE Younger Members’ Section for their first ‘Back to Basics’ seminar.

The Younger Members’ Section are delighted to announce a series of seminars on the back of the IRSE News’ ‘Back to Basics’ articles, all to be presented by the authors themselves.

First in the series is ‘principles of railway safety engineering’ presented by David Nicholson FIRSE. David is the Professional Head of Engineering Management within Atkins. He is a systems engineer with experience across the whole development lifecycle. He has taken projects from initial concept through design, development and manufacture and onto implementation.

This is an online seminar. Please book your free place via Eventbrite using the button below:book

Transport for London’s engineering systems performance and integration modelling capacity.

22 September 2022, online

In this webinar, the TFL team will be presenting their in-house software tools which are used to analyise signalling and depot performance as a part of major line upgrades; and will demonstrate how these tools also support the training of service controllers for the railway of today.

The webinar will be hosted by Tony Lightfoot, Principal Engineering Leader, Alasdair Graebner, Technical Authority for Railway System Performance and Matthew Potter, Technical Lead for Depot Modelling.

This meeting will be held online only via GoToMeeting – please book your free place via the button below. Please register before 17:00 on 22 September – joining details will be sent to all registrants prior to the meeting. IRSE members and non-members are welcome to join

Piccadilly Line Upgrade – engineering challenges and contributing Carbon NetZero 2030

29 September 2022; London, UK

Please join the Railway Civil Engineers’ Association for this multidisciplinary hybrid lecture.

The Piccadilly Line Upgrade (PLU) will provide new trains and associated infrastructure to modernise the Piccadilly Line. The PLU is a £2.8th programme split into two stages:

  • Stage 1 – the introduction of a new rolling stock fleet and associated enabling works
  • Stage 2 – a full upgrade of the Piccadilly Line signalling system to a modern digital network

The PLU will provide a new fleet of air-cooled modern trains for the Piccadilly Line with improved reliability, efficiency and accessibility, together with new and expanded maintenance and stabling facilities.

The programme is due to be completed by mid-2027 and will provide a 23% uplift in peak capacity with 27 trains per hour or a train every 2 minutes and 13 seconds

For more information and booking instructions click below:more info


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