IRSE-NL visits Schiphol Airport
4:00 PM16:00

IRSE-NL visits Schiphol Airport

Schiphol and aviation have been making headlines of late. Can the airport still grow in the context of climate objectives, can KLM serve Dutch interests well within Air France?Maurits Schaafsma will address  the development of Schiphol in this context. It is about the integration of Schiphol as AirportCity in the urban environment; on solving capacity bottlenecks for both aircraft and passengers as well as for cars and public transport. He  would like to discuss the integration of Schiphol and its future plans into the current and future rail system with IRSE members.

PLEASE NOTE: To enable a colleague to get acquainted with the IRSE-NL, we will offer the option of bringing a guest. Send an email with her/his name and e-mail address to: and an invitation (ticket) will be sent your the colleague.

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1:30 PM13:30

Swiss Section event: Paper-Session - Managing multi-lateral traffic in different sectors

Please note that the event will be held in German


13:30 Doors open, start at 14:15 - 16:40 conclusions, goodbye

Title: Managing multi-lateral traffic in different sectors


Traffic disposition in Zürich city.

• Freight logistics

• Zürich airport


Apéro immediately after the Session.

18:00 Dinner at the Restaurant Flügelrad, Tannwaldstrasse 36, Olten.

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Minor Railways Section AGM & Technical Visits
to Jun 23

Minor Railways Section AGM & Technical Visits

With the kind permission of the East Lancashire Railway (ELR), the IRSE Minor Railways Section will hold its AGM at The Bury Transport Museum. The AGM will be followed by visits to signalling installations down the line on Saturday 22nd June. On Sunday 23rd June with the kind permission of Keolis Amey Metrolink, a visit to the Metrolink Depots and Network Management Centre (NMC) has been arranged.

On the completion of the business of the AGM we will collect a packed meal and walk the short distance across the road to the ELR Bolton Street Station where we will join the restored heritage diesel train to Heywood, the southern terminus of the line. After a few minutes there we will re-join the diesel train which will then travel back along the East Lancs Railway to Bury Bolton Street and on to Ramsbottom where we will leave the train to visit the signal box at the end of the station platform. After inspecting the signalling installations at Ramsbottom the party will join the next train to Rawtenstall, which this time should be steam hauled. At Rawtenstall, which is the northern terminus of the line, there is just time to visit the café and shop while the locomotive runs round, then it is back on the train to return to Bury, Bolton Street station where we will leave the train. Then we will walk to the end of the platform to inspect the signal box then the visit will finish at about 17:30.

There is no charge to attend the AGM and tea & coffee will be available on arrival. There is a registration fee of £34 for the visits. A packed lunch will be provided before joining the train at Bury Bolton Street station. Hi-Vis and strong shoes are recommended for this visit.

The Sunday morning visit to the Metrolink is optional and will commence at 10:30 at the Queens Road tram stop. After a tour of the Queens Park Depot we will travel to Trafford Depot by tram to tour the Metrolink NMC and tram maintenance shed. The visit will finish at 14:45. Please indicate your intention to attend the Sunday visit on the form below.

Please let us know if you have any particular dietary requirements.

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5:30 PM17:30

Innovating in the railway industry with Hackpartners

Have you ever thought that the rail industry isn't doing enough for innovation? Have you ever wondered how innovations are brought to life? Do you want to meet likeminded innovators?

The Institution of Railway Signal Engineers London and South-East committee is pleased to present Hack Partners.

Hack Partners is a company for change-makers. Their goal is to drive forward innovation and the adoption of ground-breaking technology in the future's most critical industries, so that they are fully prepared for tomorrow.

Hack Partners help fellow change-makers, global corporates, and everywhere in-between do this by:

Running world-leading hackathons across the globe bringing our clients and change-makers together as a community to rapidly solve their most complex problems

Accelerating the adoption of new innovations with key pilot clients and partners through rapid prototyping sprints

Scaling and implementing validated innovations and solutions across industries to other customers and their users

To hear more about how Hack Partners have successfully driven innovation and rapid change in the rail and infrastructure industries, join us at WeWork Old Street, 41 Corsham Street, N1 6DR at 6:30PM to hear their CEO, River Tamoor Baig, give an exclusive talk to IRSE members and to everyone interested in innovation. This will be followed by a short Q&A and then by an informal networking session.

WeWork is the platform for creators. We provide the space, community and services you need to create your life's work. To learn more about WeWork's community and memberships in London, call us at 02036954926 or email


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Midland & North West Section technical visit and annual luncheon
10:30 AM10:30

Midland & North West Section technical visit and annual luncheon

With the kind assistance of Haywood & Jackson Fabrications Ltd and the Churnet Valley Railway (CVR), the committee of the Midland & North Western Section have agreed to return to a location of a previous successful technical visit and luncheon. We have secured places for up to 40 guests this year and seek the support from the whole of the Institution and the S&T Industry to make this yet another successful and enjoyable family event. The programme is as follows:

  • 10:30 Arrive and assemble at Cheddleton station for a briefing regarding the re-signalling works and a tour of the existing signal box.

  • 11:50 Depart Cheddleton station and alight at Consall station for a tour of the signal box.

  • 12:46 The luncheon train departs Consall station to travel to Ipstones Loop and back, allowing an hour and a half for lunch.

  • 14:15 Arrive at Leek Brook Junction for an explanation of the proposed signalling for the Leek extension project and a tour of the existing Signal Box.

  • 15:50 Arrive Cheddleton station to conclude the visit.

A three-course meal per individual will be provided and the menu is as follows:


Homemade Soup of the Day served with a fresh crusty roll and butter Main

Roast Topside of Beef served with roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables, Yorkshire pudding and gravy Stuffed Chicken wrapped in Bacon served with roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables, Yorkshire pudding and gravy Butternut Squash, Beetroot and Roasted Red Onion Lasagne served with roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables (Vegetarian)


Warm Apple Tartain served with custard with Tea, Coffee and Petit Fours

Special dietary requirements are available upon request. The cost of the technical visit, including train tickets and luncheon (excluding beverages) is £45 per adult and £35 per child (aged 5-15). All children attending must be supervised individually by an adult.

All individuals attending the technical visit MUST bring with them a railway industry high visibility vest to wear on the technical visit along with stout shoes or boots for walking on ballast and uneven surfaces. The CVR reserves the right to refuse access to the technical visit for individuals not complying with these instructions and any Health and Safety Briefing instructions.

To confirm your attendance, please send an email detailing individual names and individual meal choices of those individuals planning to attend to and All payments can be made either via internet banking sort code 09 01 51 Account 09065506 (preferred method of payment), or cheques made out to “IRSE Midland & North Western Section” and sent to the Section Treasurer Clive Williams, at: 4 Mill Rise, Kidsgrove, Stoke on Trent. ST7 4UR. All payments should be received no later than Saturday 1st June 2019 unless previously agreed with the Section Treasurer. For any further details, please contact Ian James Allison on +44 (0) 7794 879286.

Please note that the Institution and administrations whose sites are visited on technical visits cannot accept any responsibility for injury, damage or other difficulty which may arise. Individuals are therefore advised to ensure that their own insurance covers all appropriate eventualities.


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6:00 PM18:00

London & SE Section - Trackside Monitoring Systems with Track IQ

Trackside Monitoring systems on Thursday, 25 July 2019 from 17:30 to 20:30

TfL Office - 10th Floor Auditorium, 55 Broadway, London SW1H 0DB


Lean about how Track IQ analyse trains as they pass the sites on the mainline allowing defects to be identified long before a service affecting failure


Track IQ – Provider of wayside monitoring systems, has a global reputation as specialist suppliers of condition monitoring and asset management solutions to the rail industry. Track IQ develops, manufactures and supports wayside systems used to monitor the status and operating condition of rolling stock. Nicholas Kay, the European Operations Director based in the UK, will provide an insight into the innovative technology deployed at over 120 locations globally and the benefits these are bringing to customers and the Rail Industry as a whole. Using acoustics, vibration measurement, imaging and thermal monitoring, Track IQ analyse trains as they pass the sites on the mainline allowing defects to be identified long before a service affecting failure. Such technology is revolutionising how rolling stock is maintained today, allowing safe and sustainable material optimisation while reducing the threat of failures on the mainline.

 You need to register using the following link: before 1800 on 21st July 2019


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Minor Railways Section Technical Visit on 8th September 2019 Fawley Hill Railway and Museum
12:00 PM12:00

Minor Railways Section Technical Visit on 8th September 2019 Fawley Hill Railway and Museum

With the kind permission of the Fawley Museum Society Limited, the IRSE Minor Railways Section has arranged a visit to the privately-owned museum formed from the collection of the railway heritage of the late Sir William McAlpine. The visit will take place on Sunday 8th September 2019. The museum is private and is therefore not generally open to the public.

This is a most worthwhile visit, as this unique Museum includes a working 11⁄4 mile long standard gauge railway, complete with signalling and signal boxes on the steepest adhesion-worked railway line in the UK with a ruling gradient of 1:13. Trains are usually worked by the Huntswell Clarke 0-6- 0T steam locomotive built in 1913 and used on McAlpine civil engineering contracts. The signal box was from the Midland Railway, recovered from Shobnall Maltings near Burton on Trent. The collections in the museum of railway history and through the grounds, contain displays of items which will interest everyone. Trains run throughout the afternoon until 16:30 and are free to visitors.

This is a further event arranged to celebrate the Minor Railways Section’s 10th Year and the section have been offered a limited number of tickets to this invitation only museum.

The Museum is located about 3 miles outside Henley-on-Thames and some two miles from a main road. Henley station is in the town centre. There is no public transport to the site, so transport or an arranged lift is essential. The museum opens at 12:00 with the adjacent free car park, opening at 11:30.

There is a pop-up café at the rear of the station selling Tea, Coffee and soft drinks and some food. Picnic locations are also available around the station area.

There is a registration fee of £19 for this visit. Due to the notice period specified by the museum society, the closing date for applications is 24th July 2019. Places will be available on a first come first served basis, so get your application in early.

Please note that the Institution and the administrations whose sites are being visited cannot accept any responsibility for injury, damage or other difficulty which may arise. Delegates are therefore advised to ensure that their own insurance covers all appropriate eventualities.


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to Oct 13

Minor Railways Section Signalling Maintenance & Inspection Technical Workshop

With the kind support and sponsorship of Signet Solutions and Green Dragon Rail, the Minor Railways Section will continue the celebration its 10th year by holding a technical workshop at Signet Solutions Ltd in Derby, on the above dates.

This workshop follows on from the previous series of successful workshops held by the Section since 2010 and is open to and aimed at individuals involved with signalling maintenance in the minor railways sector. The two days will cover a wide range of subjects of interest to both newcomers and the more experienced. We regret that, due to the limited number of places available, only applications from individuals currently working on minor railways will be accepted.


Following arrival at 09:30 for registration and refreshments, the first day will include theory sessions on basic law and its requirements, incidents and accidents and their affects, the importance of keeping good and clear records, ownership and responsibility. Practical sessions follow on the maintenance of mechanical & power operated points and the installation operation & testing of mechanical signals. The first day finishes with a review and feedback session.


The session starts with an overview of track circuits, dc track circuit operation and track circuit testing, maintenance and adjustment. This will be followed by sessions on signalling diagrams and records, monitoring, reporting, recording, and risk mitigation. The day ends with a review and feedback session and the award of certificates.

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, his technical workshop will cost just £95 per person and will be limited to no more than 12 places. Lunch on both days and the evening meal on the Saturday will be included, also with the generous support of the event sponsors. No accommodation is included in this price, Signet Solutions can on request,

supply a list of local accommodation and in some cases a discount may be obtained, contact Isobel Knight on +44

(0)1332 343585 or for details. To register as a delegate, please send the completed application form below to the address shown or e-mail Applications cannot be accepted from any companies not associated with or from individuals not currently working on a Minor Railway. MRS reserves the right to check applicant’s status.

All places will be given out on a first come, first served basis. Applications must be accompanied by a BACS payment or cheque to secure a place. We regret that company cheques cannot be accepted.

Please note that the Institution and administrations whose sites are visited cannot accept any responsibility for injury, damage or other difficulty which may arise. Delegates are therefore advised to ensure that their own insurance covers all appropriate eventualities.


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2:00 PM14:00

Swiss section event: Chemin de fer du Kaeserberg

The event will be held in German.

Start time:

14:00 at the railway station in Fribourg.

Finish time:

~17:30 end of the event


Chemin de fer du Kaeserberg.


Welcome to the wonderful world of Kaeserberg, a technical jewel for great journeys on miniature tracks, which will fascinate both young and old. From now on, you can (re)discover the Swiss model railway in its new night mode, revealing new details in a sea of lights. A trip between dream and reality... All aboard!


Max 20 participants

~17:30 Apéro immediately after the event.

~18:00 Dinner.

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10:00 AM10:00

Seminar: Ten Years of Innovation, Application and Progress in Minor Railway Signalling

The Minor Railway Section will be holding the seventh of its bi-annual seminars on the 16th November 2019. The section is again delighted to be holding the event at the Kidderminster Railway Museum, located at the Severn Valley Railway Station, Kidderminster, DY10 1QX.

Also at the Seminar will be the presentation of this year’s award of the Sections “Minor Railway S & T Technician of the year” award. Nominations are accepted from now until mid - September.

The theme of this year's event will be “Ten years of innovation, application and progress in Minor Railway Signalling” We will be updating the papers of the last ten years of technical seminars to find out how the innovations have fared and progressed as they have moved from ideas to in-service applications, from submissions so far there seems to be a varied and interesting programme.

Members and non- members are welcome to attend free, but attendance is limited to 100 persons and we will be delighted to see you at this event. A buffet lunch and tea and coffee will be available free of charge to delegates. Please tell us if you have any particular dietary requirements? Please apply to attend on the form below. For any further information please contact Major Ian Hughes at

People that have submitted past papers are invited to contact Major Hughes at to update their progress and hopefully present the results at the seminar Papers will be no more than ten minutes in duration and presented in PowerPoint format

The thrust of this year's event will be the showcasing of innovative work conducted in the Minor Railway Sector in all its forms. We will find out what was done, with what and how it went in service, has it proved reliable and probably most importantly has it lived up to expectations Trade stands and exhibition space are still available and exhibitors are particularly welcome at this event. Exposure at previous events has been found very useful by previous exhibitors to the wide range of minor railways S & T staff of all levels, who attend this event. Exhibitors are subject to a small fee to help defray the Sections costs of putting on the event.

Access to the museum is through the Severn Valley Railway station. Parking is available adjacent to the museum in the SVR car park and the National Rail Kidderminster station is just across the station forecourt.

Please note that the Institution and any of the sites visited cannot accept any responsibility for injury, damage or other difficulty that may arise. Delegates are therefore to ensure that their own insurance covers all appropriate eventualities.


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4th IRSE CBTC and Beyond Conference in Toronto
to Nov 29

4th IRSE CBTC and Beyond Conference in Toronto

We are pleased to announce that the 4th IRSE CBTC and Beyond Conference will be held at Fairmont Royal York in Toronto on November 28thand 29th, 2019. Please mark your calendars.


The IRSE invites you to attend and welcomes proposals for papers and/or presentations on the following or related topics: 




  • Papers analyzing, assessing and comparing Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC), European Train Control Systems (ETCS), Positive Trina Control (PTC) Systems and other Enhanced Train Control (ETC) Systems

  • Papers providing updates for advanced technology train control projects currently being implemented or planned for Light Rail Transit (LRT), Metros, Intercity, Freight and Commuter rail systems

  • Papers providing lessons learned in implementing advanced train control systems in a brownfield environment

  • Papers on actual revenue service operating and maintenance experience

  • Papers looking to the future; what are the user business needs?  What research & development is currently underway on new/improved technologies to further improve operating performance while reducing life cycle costs?"


Submit abstracts to by August 30th.

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Member's Annual Lunch
12:30 PM12:30

Member's Annual Lunch

The 21st annual members-only lunch provides the opportunity to catch up with colleagues and make new acquaintances over a 3 course lunch at the Union Jack Club, Waterloo, London UK

Our 21st Annual IRSE Members’ Luncheon, for IRSE members only, will take place in the Gascoigne Room at the Union Jack Club, Sandell Street, Waterloo, London SE1 8UJ (near Waterloo Station) on Wednesday 12th June 2019.

Our President, George Clark will be speaking. 

Tickets for the three-course lunch with wine and coffee will cost £53 including VAT.  Members with 50 years or more of IRSE membership will receive a personal invitation to attend as guests of the Institution to thank them for their support to the IRSE.

Lunch will be served at 13:00, with a pay bar open from 12:30 until 16:30.

All IRSE members are welcome, regardless of age or employment status.  It is a great opportunity to meet current and former colleagues in an informal social stetting.

We are developing our links with the charity RedR and a selection of ties and cufflinks will be on offer at the lunch in exchange for a donation. For more information about the excellent work of RedR, please visit their website.

This event is now fully booked. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list please contact Hilary on +44 (0) 20 7808 1180

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