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The Institution of Railway Signal Engineers, known more usually as the IRSE, is an international organisation, active throughout the world.

It is the professional engineering institution for all those engaged or interested in railway signalling, control and communications and allied disciplines.
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IRSE Exam Study material
Information and study material for candidates taking the IRSE professional examination can now be  accessed by members from the web-site. The material is in the course of being updated, particularly the reading lists, but it is hoped that candidates will find the information useful. It can be found here.

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testing a signalling system, lecture at Savoy Place London, signalling control centre, train cab equipment and on-train signalling equipment

The Institution was founded in December 1912 and in late 2012 and 2013 the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers celebrated the Centenary of its formation.   It was an occasion to both look back at the life of the Institution, and to look forward  to the future – both of which were reflected in the theme for the centenary year, “100 Years of Facing the Future”.

The future for railways is around the world is a bright one.  We are witnessing an ongoing and growing demand for railways for urban transportation, for high speed passenger services, and for freight traffic.  Technological changes are starting to revolutionise railways.  Train control systems, traffic management and information systems and telecommunications systems are at the height of this revolution, and form a vital part of making the railways of the future more efficient, effective and sustainable.  The IRSE is part of that future, and in collaboration with others our role is to help shape it and make it happen.

Around the world, the IRSE celebrated the Centenary in a variety of ways, but continuing on from then, you can see the whole worldwide programme of events via the link on this page.  I encourage you to participate fully in IRSE activities, whether you are a long-standing S&T engineer or are new to the profession and seeking to learn.

 David Weedon, IRSE President, 2013-14


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IRSE Scottish Section Annual General Meeting
IRSE Scottish Section AGM

Start date & time: Thursday, April 24, 2014 5:30 PM
Location: Scotland

 IRSE AGM and Preseidential Address
IRSE AGM and Presidential Address
The AGM of the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers

Start date & time: Friday, April 25, 2014 6:00 PM
Location: London

 IRSE Annual Dinner
50th Annual Dinner
50th Annual Dinner

Start date & time: Friday, April 25, 2014 7:15 PM
Location: London

 IRSE Plymouth Section
IRSE Plymouth Section - Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of the IRSE Plymouth Section.

Start date & time: Thursday, May 15, 2014 5:30 PM
Location: Plymouth