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The Railway Division of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers is one of eight engineering divisions of the Institution, and was formed in 1969 on the amalgamation of the former Institution of Locomotive Engineers with the IMechE.

The Railway Division incorporates six centres located in key geographical areas of the United Kingdom. Each centre organises its own activities and programme of events.

The Division consists of IMechE Members of all grades professionally involved or interested in the science and practice of railway engineering. Its scope covers research, design, development, procurement, manufacture, operation, maintenance and disposal of traction, rolling stock, fixed equipment and their components, within rail, rapid transit and all forms of guided surface transport.



Stephenson Award for Engineering Innovation

Open to companies of all sizes and individuals.  Entries should focus on the industry challenge to improve railway business position through improved value and/or improved revenues. The idea may lead to a direct reduction in engineering costs, or be an engineering-led contribution to increased revenues and/or greater efficiency in operating, maintenance and construction. The judges will be looking for credible developments with significant industry impact.  Innovations should have at least/ideally reached the prototype development stage, with a credible implementation possibility.

Rail Research UK Association (RRUKA) joint competition - deadline for entries 19/09/2014

Formerly known as the IMechE Best Young Researcher Prize, this year’s award will look to celebrate the work of a single researcher whose work has the capability to make a ’significant difference’ to the rail industry.  Details and more information about the prize can be found on the RRUKA web site.

100 Years of the Railway Division

To mark the occasion Allan Baker, Past Chairman, Railway Division has compiled a history of the division. We have limited stocks of this history available. This is free for IMechE members and £7.50 incl postage and packaging to non members. If you would like a copy please contact Governance & Engagement on 020 7304 6996 or email

Railway Division's annual review

The division reviewed its successes for the period of 2013 to 2014.  This report - with an introduction by the Chairman - includes updates on the Railway Challenge, centre activities (with updates from Midlands, South East and South West centres), communications, Railway Engineers Forum (REF), lectures, seminars, railway engineering workshops, visits and more.

Young Members Competition  - Win £1000

Each year the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Railway Division holds a competition of technical presentations from Young Engineers. This is made up of regional heats held at the Railway Division centres, followed by a national final held in London.

The event offers a unique opportunity for young railway engineers to:

  • Get noticed by presenting their projects to peers, colleagues and senior managers in the industry
  • Gain experience in presenting technical presentations and refine their presentation and communication skills
  • Career Development by enhancing your CV and developing your competencies for CEng application
  • Compete for a cash prize fund, both regionally and nationally

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