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Bulletin No. 51 to all IRSE members
May 2017

Welcoming our new President
The IRSE's President for 2017-18 was inaugurated at the Institution's Annual General Meeting in London on 21st April. He is Peter Symons, Technical Director of Tritun Pty Ltd, Australia. Peter succeeds Charles Page (Siemens) as President. Following the AGM, Peter delivered his Presidential Address - which you can read in the May edition of IRSE NEWS. There will be a full report on the AGM in the June edition.

This month’s edition of IRSE NEWS brings you all the news about what is going on in the IRSE, including the 2017-18 Presidential Programme, and featuring papers and articles on:
  • Presidential Address by Peter Symons - "Future Signalling and You"
  • Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in the IRSE
  • Integration of traffic management and train automation for the mainline railway
  • ATO - The future of main line railways (report on Seminar held in London, February 2017)
  • Validation of hybrid ETCS Level 3
  • Reports from the Australasian, North American, Younger Members, Midland & North Western (UK) and York (UK) Sections of the IRSE

Convention 2017: USA 25 - 29 September, Dallas/Fort Worth

Book now for the 2017 Convention, which will provide an unparalleled opportunity to hear about and see North American railroad signalling systems and equipment, and more besides.  It is taking place in the Dallas/Fort Worth area of the USA from 25th to 29th September.  Details of the Convention (including the programme), the Booking Form, and the Hotel Booking Form are all now available via the link below.  We are offering Early Bird rates if you book by 30th June.  

If you need support from your employer to attend the Convention, you might want to make use of the “template business case” that we have produced. It is available via the link below.

The Convention is also open to non-members (at a higher rate). If you know of work colleagues who might be interested in attending, please show them the information about the event.  A flier is available for this purpose (it will also appear in the May edition of Railway Gazette International).

For all the information and forms for the Convention, click here

Annual Dinner 2018, 27th April 2018, London

Yes, it’s a year away, but we know some people like to put the date in their diaries as soon as possible… the Annual Dinner 2018 will be on Friday 27th April next year, at The Savoy in London.

A big thank you to all those who attended this year’s Dinner and contributed generously to the collection for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (www.rnli.org.uk), our new President’s chosen charity.  Including Gift Aid, we raised over £4,000.

The following items will be of interest principally to members in Europe (including UK):

Minor Railways Section AGM and Technical Visit 12th - 14th May, Porthmadog, UK

With the kind permission of the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways, and with the support of PRB Consulting, the IRSE Minor Railways section is arranging a Technical Visit and holding its Annual General Meeting in Porthmadog on 12th – 14th May. For more information. Click here.

Members' Lunch 14th June, London

The 19th Annual Members’ Luncheon will take place at the Gascoigne Room at the Union Jack Club, Sandell Street, Waterloo, London, SE1 8UJ (near Waterloo station) on Wednesday, 14th June 2017. It is hoped that as many members as possible, from younger to older, will attend. It’s a great way of networking and meeting up with both current and former colleagues in an informal social setting.  All who have been to previous Luncheons have enjoyed themselves greatly.

Please register now to attend, using the application form available on the IRSE website (http://bit.ly/2jRYHlz).  Applications must be received not later than 31st May 2017.

UK Midland & North Western Section Technical Visit and Lunch 24th June, Loughborough, UK

The Midland & North Western Section’s annual Lunch and Technical Visit will take place on the 24th June at the Great Central Railway, Leicestershire, UK.  For more information, click here.

Younger Members' Exam preparation weekend 1-2 July, Derby, UK

Once again, with the support of Signet Solutions Ltd, the IRSE Younger Members are running a weekend event at the beginning of July to help young engineers with their professional development.  The event offers the choice of becoming more familiar with traditional UK mainline signalling equipment hardware through practical demonstrations, or attending classroom sessions more focussed on attempts at specific IRSE Exam questions in modules 2, 3 and 5.

If you are interested in attending, click here for more details and the booking form.

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