Events


CRAG meeting dates for the 2014/2015 season:

   Here is advance notice of the meeting dates for CRAG for this coming 2014/2015 season.
   All meetings will be held, as usual, in the Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh, at 7.30 p.m..
   I hope that you will be able to come along to our meetings over the next eight months. Please do feel free to pass on details of our meetings to anyone else you think might be interested - all are welcome.
   Patrick Hutton is currently working on those dates for which we do not as yet have speakers confirmed. We are hoping to have speakers from Serco on the new sleeper franchise, from Edinburgh Trams and from the new franchise holder for ScotRail. I will, of course, update you on these details as I learn of them.
   If you wish to pay your 2014/2015 subscription directly into the CRAG bank account, please send £10 to 

Bank of Scotland (Edinburgh Portobello) A/c: 00145382 Sort code: 80-18-31

   You can, of course, also send a cheque for £10 to our treasurer, John Webster, at 69 Malleny Avenue, Balerno, Edinburgh EH14 7EL (tel.: 0131 449 5003).

   I look forward to us meeting up again soon.

                             Lawrence

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Tuesday 7th October 2014 - Andy Savage, Executive Director, Railway Heritage Trust

Tuesday 4th November 2014 - Annette Filby, Development Officer for south Scotland with the Association of Community Rail Partnerships

Tuesday 2nd December 2014

   - no meeting in January -

Tuesday 3rd February 2015

Tuesday 3rd March 2015

Tuesday 7th April 2015

Tuesday 5th May 2015


CRAG meeting dates for the 2013/2014 season are as follows: 1st October, 5th November, 3rd December, 4th February, 4th March, 1st April and 6th May. All meetings (apart from that on 5th November 2013 - see below) will be held, as usual, in the Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh at 7.15 p.m. for 7.30 p.m..

 
 

Tuesday 1st October 2013: Jo Noble of Network Rail will speak to us about the recent works at Waverley station and thoughts on how the station environment can be further improved in the future (see article from "The Scotsman" copied in at the end of this e-mail).

Tuesday 5th November 2013:
Carol Deveney, Senior Programme Development Manager, Network Rail will give us an illustrated talk on the Borders Railway Project [please note change of venue for this meeting only: Royal Over-Seas League, 100 Princes Street, Edinburgh - http://www.rosl-edinburgh.org/].

Tuesday 3rd December: Ian Richard and Bill Forbes of RailQwest will speak to us on Glasgow Crossrail and NEWgarl (Glasgow Airport Rail Link) respectively.

No meeting in January

Tuesday 4th February 2014: Dave Boyce, Public Affairs Manager Scotland, Network Rail, and Patrick Seymour, Project Manager, Morgan Sindall, will talk to us about the redevelopment of Haymarket station (please note that this talk replaces that planned by Alf Orriel of the City of Edinburgh Council about the Edinburgh tram project).

Tuesday 4th March 2014: John Yellowlees, ScotRail External Relations Manager, will give an illustrated talk on station regeneration in Scotland (please note that this talk replaces that planned by Linda Ferguson, Scottish Development Officer South with the Association of Community Rail Partnerships, about her work in this newly created post. She has left this post - we aim to have her successor talk to us next season).

Tuesday 1st April 2014: Kathryn O'Brien, Head of Franchise Development, First TransPennine Express will speak on FTPE's £60m investment in a fleet of brand new trains that start to come into service at the end of 2013 - 10 new electric trains will operate between Manchester and Scotland and will mean there is an 80% increase in capacity on that route.

Tuesday 6th May 2014: Dr David Brown, Leader, Scottish Support Team, Railway Heritage Designation Advisory Board
 

 

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Other railway-related meetings being held in the 2013/2014 season:
 
CILT
 
 

Forthcoming Events

This page details the forthcoming Scottish Region events.

Day, Date & Time: Tuesday 17 September 2013 (1730 for 1800)
Venue: The Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House, 100, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3AB
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Topic & Speaker: Thumbnail photograph

"The Highland Main Line" by Neil Sinclair, railway author.

Exactly 150 years ago in September 1863, the Inverness & Perth Junction Railway was opened, only three years after it had obtained Parliamentary approval. This talk by the author of the history of the line will look at the development of a railway which brought major changes to the Central Highlands. It will focus in particular on some of the personalities involved with the building and operation of the route over Britain's highest mainline railway summit.

CILT CPD
Cost & Booking: There is no charge for this event and no booking required.
   
   
   
   
   
   
Day, Date & Time: Tuesday 15 October 2013 (1730 for 1800)
Venue: The Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House, 100, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3AB
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Topic & Speaker: Thumbnail photograph

"Heavy Metal: Motorcycling in the 21st Century" by Keith Evans, Scottish Region Chair

Keith Evans, logistician and CILT Scottish chair, has enjoyed a lifetime passion for motor cycles. He explains his respect for this stylish mode of transport, and how the power of two wheels has inspired him at home and abroad. In this presentation he will look at challenging legislation and attitudes that plague the modern motorcyclist, and how that might fit into transport and highways planning - plus of course, real ale, heavy metal and more.
Cost & Booking: There is no charge for this event and no booking required.
Tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided at this event.
   
Day, Date & Time: Tuesday 22 October 2013 (1730 for 1800)
Venue: First ScotRail, Atrium Court, 50, Waterloo Street, Glasgow, G2 6HQ
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Topic & Speaker: "Modernising the Subway" by Charles Hoskins, Director of Projects, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport.

Thumbnail photograph

When it opened in 1896, the Glasgow Subway was only the third underground railway in the world after those in London and Budapest. Refurbished in the 1970s, it became affectionately known as the Clockwork Orange, and is now being modernised by SPT with spectacular improvements to stations so as to make it fit for purpose in the twenty-first century.

CILT CPD
Cost & Booking: There is no charge for this event and no booking required.
Tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided at this event.
   
Day, Date & Time: Tuesday 5 November 2013 (1730 for 1800)
Venue: City Chambers, High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1YJ
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Topic & Speaker: "Rail replacement transport" by Ian Jeffrey, Regional Manager Scotland, First Rail Support Ltd.

Successful provision of replacement transport is central to how rail delivers major investment, and climate change has increased the incidence of unplanned disruption. However it is far from simply a matter of running all-stations replacement coaches along the nearest parallel road : peculiarities of railway geography have to be considered, while the need to maintain connections may necessitate separate slow and fast coaches - and other issues that can arise include revenue protection and the conveyance of bikes and luggage.

CILT CPD
Cost & Booking: There is no charge for this event and no booking required.
A light buffet will be provided at this event.
   
   
   
   
   
   
Day, Date & Time: Tuesday 19 November 2013 (1730 for 1800)
Venue: City Chambers, High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1YJ
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Topic & Speaker: "The taxi-operator's perspective" by Tony Kenmuir

Taxis provide cities with joined-up journeys, yet the taxi-operator's perspective receives insufficient consideration. Tony Kenmuir is a Director of Central Taxis Edinburgh, Scotland's first carbon-neutral black taxi company, and is keen to develop the taxi trade's voice among government bodies and professional institutions. Here he tells us about the vital role played by taxis in the city of festivals and tramworks, where the trade directly employs five thousand people.

CILT CPD
Cost & Booking: There is no charge for this event and no booking required.
A light buffet will be provided at this event.
   
Day, Date & Time: Tuesday 10 December 2013 (1730 for 1800)
Venue: City Chambers, High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1YJ
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Topic & Speaker: "Transport for Edinburgh - Integrated Public Transport for the City" by Ian Craig, Managing Director, Lothian Buses

Lothian Buses are majority-owned by City of Edinburgh Council, and have 70 routes in Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian with 700 vehicles and over 2000 staff. From next year they will also operate Edinburgh's first light rail line under the new umbrella Transport for Edinburgh. Here their CEO Ian Craig looks ahead to how the new organisation might deliver an integrated network to keep the capital and its hinterland moving in the years ahead

 
Cost & Booking: There is no charge for this event and no booking required.
A light buffet will be provided at this event.
   
Day, Date & Time: Tuesday 14 January 2014 (1730 for 1800)
Venue: The Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House, 100, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3AB
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Topic & Speaker: "British railfreight in the twenty-first century" by David Cross, Head of Customer Service, DB Schenker Rail Logistics

As the son of Derek Cross, a railway photographer who is fondly remembered particularly in the south-west of Scotland, David grew up within sight and sound of traditional railfreight operations. Now he heads customer service in the Logistics arm of Britain's biggest operator, which is committed to growing rail's market share through investments such as London Gateway, and tells us how railfreight can be promoted viably and sustainably so as to help keep the UK competitive in today's global market-place.

CILT CPD
Cost & Booking: There is no charge for this event and no booking required.
A light buffet will be provided at this event.
   
Day, Date & Time: Tuesday 28 January 2014 (1730 for 1800
Venue: Royal Scots Club, 29 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6QE.
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Topic & Speaker: The 2014 Annual Scottish Political Event
Presentation by Alyn Smith, MEP

Alyn Smith has been since 2004 a Member of the European Parliament representing Scotland for the SNP. He is Scotland's youngest MEP and is Honorary President of both the youth wings of the SNP, the Young Scots for Independence and the Federation of Student Nationalists, as well as a member of the SNP's National Executive Committee. Whether through such issues as ferry tendering, lorry standards, drivers' hours, rail interoperability or trans European networks, decision-taking at EU level substantially shapes the market for transport and logistics, yet most of us know little about how it impacts on us. Here he considers the implications for transport in Europe.

CILT CPD
Cost & Booking: There is no charge for this event but booking through Corby is required. Quote booking code SR318.
Click here to book by e-mail:
membership@ciltuk.org.uk
A light buffet will be provided at this event.
   
Day, Date & Time: Tuesday 11 February 2014 (1730 for 1800)
Venue: City Chambers, High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1YJ
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Topic & Speaker: "Community Rail" by Chris Austin

Chris Austin OBE is a former public affairs director at the British Railways Board, Strategic Rail Authority and Association of Train Operating Companies who now is on the board of the Association of Community Rail Partnerships, chairs the Avocet Line Partnership and works as a volunteer on the West Somerset Railway. Here he muses on how rail is regaining its place at the heart of the communities that it serves.

CILT CPD
Cost & Booking: There is no charge for this event and no booking required.
A light buffet will be provided at this event.
   
Day, Date & Time: Tuesday 25 February 2014 (1730 for 1800)
Venue: City Chambers, High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1YJ
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Topic & Speaker: "Integrating travel in the Highlands" by Bob Barnes-Watts

Bob Barnes-Watt is an Inverness-based travel consultant and expert in timetabling systems. He was formerly a DJ in the USA. Here he spins a few tunes on travelling by public transport across the Highlands.
Cost & Booking: There is no charge for this event and no booking required.
   
Day, Date & Time: Tuesday 11 March 2014 (1730 for 1800)
Venue: City Chambers, High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1YJ
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Topic & Speaker: The Annual CILT Scottish Sustainable Transport Event
CILT's Cycling Forum by Richard Armitage, non-executive chairman of the TAS Partnership

Richard Armitage CMILT chairs CILT's Cycling Forum, which regularly discusses cycling with colleagues in other CILT Professional Sectors, especially supply chain, transport planning, active travel & travel planning and bus & coach. Current themes include vocational drivers' health, cycle logistics, and on-road cycling as part of driver CPC courses. Richard has run his own sustainable travel and accessible transport consultancy since 1990 and is non-executive chairman of The TAS Partnership, the public transport consultancy.
Cost & Booking: There is no charge for this event and no booking required.
A light buffet will be provided at this event.
   
Day, Date & Time: Tuesday 18 March 2014
(1730 for 1800)
Venue: The Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House, 100, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3AB
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Topic & Speaker: CILT in the Nation-Regions by Professor Stuart Cole

Wales has a developing appetite for transport devolution, and is ahead of Scotland in the role assumed by CILT in giving awards for achievement in transport and logistics. Stuart Cole explores how both countries might work together in CILT and elsewhere to promote their common interests, having regard to the success of another devolved region - London - in collaring funds for transport investment and to the upcoming vote on Scottish independence.
Cost & Booking: There is no charge for this event and no booking required.
   
Day, Date & Time: Tuesday 25 March 2014 (1730 for 1800)
Venue: First ScotRail, Atrium Court, 50, Waterloo Street, Glasgow, G2 6HQ
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Topic & Speaker: "Improving road safety" by Neil Greig, Institute of Advanced Motorists Director of Policy and Research

It's a busy time for road safety in the UK, with a Green Paper on new drivers including graduated licensing. In Scotland we can look forward to a lower drink-drive limit and enhanced speed-limit powers plus the impact of ongoing cuts to public sector services, the pothole backlog and the single police force. Neil Greig will discuss these events and relate them to the IAM's independent research programme.
Cost & Booking: There is no charge for this event and no booking required.
A light buffet will be provided at this event.
   
Day, Date & Time: Tuesday 8 April 2014 (1730 for 1800)
Venue: The Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House, 100, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3AB
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Topic & Speaker: "Conserving Scotland's Civil Engineering Transport Heritage - a Personal Retrospect" by Professor Roland Paxton, Heriot-Watt University

As chairman of the ICE panel for historical works, Roland Paxton works tirelessly to promote awareness of Scotland's engineering legacy. He organised plaque-unveilings for the 250th anniversary of Telford's birth in 2007, and has similarly celebrated Scotland's greatest railway engineer John Miller. He reflects on how we may better appreciate structures ranging from the Forth Bridge to Berwickshire's Union Bridge that form a continuing part of our transport networks.
Cost & Booking: There is no charge for this event and no booking required.
Tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided at this event.
   
Day, Date & Time: Tuesday 29 April 2014 (Time to be confirmed)
Venue: Wabtec Caledonia Works, 23 West Langlands Street, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, KA1 2PY

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Topic & Speaker: Visit to Wabtec Caledonia Works hosted by Craig Gibson

Wabtec are the current owner of the business that began life as Andrew Barclay. With UK premises at Kilmarnock Loughborough and Doncaster, they have established a key role in supplying the rail industry with refurbished and repaired trains. Recent work at the Kilmarnock site includes refurbishment of HST vehicles for First Great Western
Cost & Booking: There is no charge for this event but booking through Corby is required. Quote booking code SRxxx(to be confirmed).
   
 
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SRPS
 
from http://www.srps.org.uk/srps/meetings.htm

                       

EDINBURGH

Edinburgh Map

All meetings are held
Thursday evenings at 7.30pm

in the Meeting Room,
Quaker Meeting House,
7 Victoria Terrace
Edinburgh.

Organiser - Dr Peter Howell
Tel: 0131 334 5232

Thursday 10 October 2013
The Alford Valley Railway
Dr Mike Cooper
History and illustrated journey along the branch.

Thursday 14 November 2013
A Black and White Miscellany
Max Fowler
Scenes on British Railways between 1981 and 1999.

Thursday 12 December 2013
My Cine Films from 1958 onwards
W Stuart Sellar
A welcome return by Stuart, assisted by David Hall.

Thursday 9 January 2014
Strathcarron to Shildon
Keith Jones
Travels in the 1970s.

Thursday 13 February 2014
A Latter Day Mania?
Dr John A McGregor
Late 19th century railway schemes in the Scottish Highlands.

Thursday 13 March 2014
Travels With My Camera
Ian Hastie
Ian revisits us by popular demand.

Thursday 10 April 2014
A Scottish Steam Tour
Sam Woods
Images of Scottish Railways in the 1950s from a group of Photographers from North East England. Includes material from the late CJB Sanderson.

 
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RCTS
 
 
 

Indoor meetings

Friday 11th October
Edinburgh
SRPS Railtours - The Inside Story
Stuart Sellar
Stuart will enlighten us on the Railtour operation, highlighting the logistical problems, the vicissitudes of the enterprise, and the difficulties created in maintaining rolling stock to main-line standards. Stuart will relate many of these, and more, with us this evening.
Friday 8th November
Edinburgh
21st Century Steam
John Day
John Day is a long-standing railway photographer of UK and overseas railway subjects. Tonight we have the pleasure of experiencing John's enthusiasm for the steam locomotive. Main line & preserved steam feature, in locations encompassing the UK, China, Ukraine, Germany (Harz Mountains), and the USA. This evening John will share many of his photographic memories with us.
Friday 13th December
Edinburgh
Annual General Meeting of the RCTS Scottish Branch
Followed by Members’ Photographs and Seasonal Refreshments
19.00 - note earlier start
Saturday 18th January 2014
Edinburgh - Afternoon meeting
Photographic Review of 2012/2013
Keith Sanders
Our speaker is a experienced railway photographer, whose work has been published in recent months as the RO' centre spread. Keith will entertain us today with his presentation. This is the work of a true professional.
14:30 start
Saturday 8th February 2014
Edinburgh - Afternoon meeting
Looking Back
Hugh Gould, Society President
Hugh will once again delight us with some more of his vast storehouse of memories of those glory days now sadly part of history. This afternoon's presentation is bound to provide many nostalgic images as well as many talking points for all those attending.
14:30 start
Friday 14th March 2014
Edinburgh
Railways around Edinburgh – 1960s-1980s “A Nostalgic Look Back”
Ken Falconer
Our Branch Chairman/Treasurer will tonight entertain us with another selection from his vast storehouse of transparencies. There is sure to something for everyone, in addition to the stirring of many memories of how things were al those years ago.
Friday 11th April 2014
Edinburgh
South of the Border on a Shoestring
William Hamilton
Our speaker tonight is a railway enthusiast, known as a 'Shed Basher',in the days of unfettered access to locomotive sheds. To quote the speaker's synopsis -”In the late 50's and early 60's with pals cycled from Ayr (later we had a car) for a fortnight trying to photograph steam classes and early diesels we could not see in Scotland”.

Locations include the Midlands, Chester, Crewe, Bristol, South Wales, Plymouth, Exeter, the S & D, Bournemouth, Swindon, London, and some LNER main sheds (all black and white). There are bound to be a large number of nostalgic photographs amongst the images provided by Bill tonight.

Friday 9th May 2014
Edinburgh
TBA

Edinburgh meetings are held at Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2HE, commencing at 19.30 All meetings are free, but a collection to defray expenses is made at the close of the meeting.

Edinburgh - Afternoon meeting meetings are held at Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2HE, commencing at 14.30 In January and February the branch meets on second Saturday Afternoon at 14:30.

Both Society members and non-members are very welcome to attend our meetings

last updated: 18/09/13

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LRTA
 
 

Venue for Meetings

As usual all meetings for 2013/2014 will commence at 7.30pm and will be held in:
           
            Quaker Meeting House

          7 Victoria Terrace

          Edinburgh EH1 2LJ

The meetings will be held in the large Meeting Room on the top floor and are booked for the last Fridays of October, November, January, February and March. We intend to start the meetings promptly at 7.30 p.m. and finish by 9.30 p.m.
 

 

Programme for 2013-2014

 

2013

25 Oct    New Zealand Tramways, Paul Geissler
29 Nov   Integrated Transport for Edinburgh, Councillor Lesley Hinds, Convenor of Transport, Infrastructure and Environment Committee of City of Edinburgh Council

2014

31 Jan    Tramways from Austria to Australia, John Hampton (preceded by a short business meeting)
28 Feb   Update on the New Edinburgh Tramway, Alasdair Sim of Edinburgh Trams
28 Mar   From Montpellier to Paris by Tram, Graham Whiteley

 

Please note these dates in your diaries! 

 I look forward to seeing you at the meetings:

George P Murray, Area Officer, 22 Muir Wood Crescent, Currie, Midlothian, EH14 5HD – Telephone 0131 538 2375                                September 20

 

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Institution of Mechanical Engineers Railway Division in Scotland

 

from http://nearyou.imeche.org/near-you/UK/Scottish-Region/Scottish-RD-Centre/events

 

Caledonian University, Glasgow

We usually meet in Glasgow's Caledonian University in either its Centre for Executive Education or the Govan Mbeki building which can be seen on the campus map which can be downloaded and printed.

This map shows the location of Glasgow Caledonian University. You can also use it to get directions.

 

Current and Future Events

Please click the event heading for further information.

Rail Technical Strategy

Caledonian University | 19 September 2013 17:30 to 19:30
Event type: Technical Lecture

This lecture will explain how the Rail Technical Strategy sets out requirements for innovation in the rail industry. It is a Railway Engineering Forum Scotland event. Click here for more details

Industry sector: Railway.
 

Chairman's address

Caledonian University | 17 October 2013 17:30 to 19:30
Event type: Technical Lecture

Title to be confirmed

Industry sector: Railway.
 

Young Professional's Presentation Competition

Caledonian University | 20 November 2013 17:15 to 20:00
Event type: Competition Event

Upto 6 young professionals will present a 10 minute paper illustrating their involvement in a particular rail project / initiative It is a Railway Engineering Forum Scotland event.

Industry sector: Railway.
 

Class 68 locomotive

Caledonian University | 12 December 2013 17:30 to 19:30
Event type: Technical Lecture

The presentation will describe the new Class 68 diesel locomotive for Carlisle-based DRS

Industry sector: Railway.
 

Universities and Rail Innovation

Caledonian University | 16 January 2014 17:30 to 19:30
Event type: Technical Lecture

Francis How will outline how innovation is being promoted in the rail industry after which Professor Iwnicki will explain how the Universities who are members of RRUKA are delivering rail innovations

Industry sector: Railway.

Please click the event heading for further information.

SPTE Subway Modernisation

Caledonian University | 20 February 2014 17:30 to 19:30
Event type: Technical Lecture

The presentation will describe all elements of the SPTE's subway modernisation programme and progress to date

Industry sector: Railway.
 

Network Rail's Asset Policies

Caledonian University | 20 March 2014 17:30 to 19:30
Event type: Technical Lecture

The presentation will explain the nature of Network Rail's Asset Policies

Industry sector: Railway.
 

Technical Visit to Railcare, Springburn

RailCare | 17 April 2014 18:00 to 20:00
Event type: Technical Visit

This visit will tour RailCare's workshop in Springburn to see its facilities and the work undertaken

Industry sector: Railway.
 

DMU Flywheel Energy Storage

Caledonian University | 15 May 2014 17:30 to 19:30
Event type: Technical Lecture

The presentation will explain how a joint venture by Ricardo, Artemis and Bombardier is developing a flywheel system for a DMU to recover energy whilst braking and the current status of this project

Industry sector: Railway.

 

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Wensleydale Railway Association Scotland Branch

 

Our annual public talk will take place at 7pm at St Cuthberts Parish Church, EH1 2EP in Edinburgh on Thursday November 28th. 
 
Our annual talk is the highlight of our Scottish Branch year and we have been blessed with three previous extremely interesting and highly entertaining presentations. 
This year we are extremely pleased to be welcoming back Nigel Park, the General Manager of the railway to talk on Locos, Stock and Apparel.  It promises to be a fascinating operations and rolling stock oriented talk 
 
This is a free event (tho' we do ask for a donation to cover the cost of the refreshments - which include wine and nibbles!).  We would be delighted to see new or familiar faces.

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Archive - 2012/2013 meetings:

Meeting dates for the 2012-2013 season are as follows: 02 October, 06 November, 04 December, 05 February, 05 March, 02 April and 07 May (AGM). Speakers are currently being sought - details will appear as soon as possible on this website. All meetings will be held, as usual, in the Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh at 7.15 p.m. for 7.30 p.m..

   ... Tuesday 7th May: Nigel Wunsch, Network Rail's Head of Strategy and Planning for Scotland, will talk on the 2014-2019 Strategic Business Plan for Scotland (incl. CRAG AGM)
 
   ... Tuesday 2nd April: Cllr. Lesley Hinds, Convenor of the City of Edinburgh Council Transport and Environment Committee, will be our speaker

   ... Tuesday 5th March: David Spaven, long-time rail campaigner and author of "Waverley Route: The Life, Death and Rebirth of the Borders Railway" (
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Waverley-Route-Rebirth-Borders-Railway/dp/1906134995/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1362220907&sr=1-1) will give an illustrated talk based on his work to see this important railway re-instated. David will bring copies of his book along for sale on the evening. [Please note that the City of Edinburgh Council are unable to provide a speaker to update us on progress with the Edinburgh Trams]
   
 
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    ... Tuesday 5th February: our speaker will be Jane Ann Liston, convenor of StARLink, the campaign to link St. Andrews once again to the national rail network. Please see http://www.starlink-campaign.org.uk/ for further information. The May 2012 Tata Steel UK Rail Consultancy Limited report on a rail link to St Andrews can be viewed at https://www.dropbox.com/s/uo44glymvw84gp3/Tata%20Steel%20St%20Andrews%20Railway%20report.pdf

 
   ... Tuesday 4th December: our speaker will be Alastair Dalton, transport correspondent of "The Scotsman". Alastair will consider the following themes:

a) How stories break

b) How stories are managed

c) What drives the presentation of stories?

d) Are stories followed up?

e) Media platforms: print, online, social

f) Role of media in campaigns and forming opinion

g) The media's interest in rail stories

   ... Tuesday 6th November: the subject for the evening will be reaction to the recent curtailment by the Scottish Government of the scope of the Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP).

Our speakers will be:

Elaine Murray MSP - Labour transport spokesperson

Alex Macaulay - Director, South East of Scotland Transport Partnership

Paul Tetlaw - Rail spokesperson, Transform Scotland

Roddy McDougall - Railfuture Scotland (and, until recently, an official of Glasgow City Council working on rail matters)

The format for the evening will be opening remarks by our speakers (of up to 10 minutes each but less if they wish) followed by a question and answer panel session.
 
 
   ... Tuesday 2nd October: Network Rail Borders Railway team will update us on their plans for re-opening the line between Newcraighall and Tweedbank via Midlothian and Galashiels.


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ARCHIVE of previous meetings:
 
2011-2102 session:

CRAG Meetings (Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh at 7.15 p.m. for 7.30 p.m.)

Tuesday 4th October: Trond Haugen, Advisor to SEStran will speak about the overall rail strategy and aspirations of SEStran (www.sestran.gov.uk) - but with a special mention of efforts to re-open the line to Leven and prospects for a station at Winchburgh
 
Wednesday 2nd November: “The Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement Programme and Abbeyhill” by Lawrence Marshall, Chair, CRAG followed by Martin Murray, EGIP Project Manager and Geoff Cooke, EGIP Scheme Sponsor, Network Rail (note: to be held in London Road Church Hall, 1a Easter Road, 7.30 p.m.)

Tuesday 6th December: “Edinburgh’s Trams – What the Capital Had and Lost” by Alan Brotchie. Alan is a prolific author, specialising in local transport and history. He is coming out of semi-retirement to give this illustrated talk on the tram system Edinburgh once had (note: as the CILT meeting starts at 6.00 p.m., it should be possible to come straight to the CRAG meeting at 7.30 p.m. from the CILT meeting if wished)

Tuesday 3rd January: No meeting

Tuesday 7th February: Frazer Henderson, Head of Rail Policy, Transport Scotland on the Rail 2014 consultation (http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk/strategy-and-research/publications-and-consultations/j203179-00.htm) (note: as the CILT meeting starts at 6.00 p.m., it should be possible to come straight to the CRAG meeting at 7.30 p.m. from the CILT meeting if wished)
 
Tuesday 6th March: Transport Scotland on High Speed Rail
 
Tuesday 3rd April: David Spaven, Scottish Representative, Rail Freight Group
 
Tuesday 1st May: Network Rail on the redevelopment of Haymarket Station - followed by AGM
 
 
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Lawrence Marshall has compiled his annual compilation list of railway meetings for 2011-2012. This includes some in Glasgow - and one in Perth - for the first time. Otherwise, all are held in Edinburgh. Posted 22 November 2011

 

 RAILWAY MEETINGS in EDINBURGH (and some elsewhere)

2011-2012

 

 SEPTEMBER 2011

 Tuesday 20th: CILT “Scottish Chambers priorities for passenger and freight transport” by Graham Bell, transport spokesman, Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce

Thursday 22nd: Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Railway Division, Scottish Centre “Efficiency and Opportunity in Railway Engineering” by Bill Reeve, Commercial Director, Transport Scotland and Chairman, IMechE Railway Division Scottish Centre (to be held in Room 319, Caledonian University, George Moore Building, Glasgow G4 0BA)

 

OCTOBER 2011

Thursday 6th: SRPS - “A Baptism of Fire”: the early days of the SRPS” by Prof. John Hume

 Friday 14th: RCTS - "Yesterday’s Railway in Edinburgh” by Douglas Yuill

 Monday 24th: Railway Engineers Forum Scotland “Realising the potential of GB Rail” by Sir Roy McNulty (to be held in Room M001, George Moore Building, Caledonian University, Glasgow G4 0BA)

 Tuesday 25th: CILT “Painting Scotland’s railway landscapes” by Leo du Feu (6.30 for 7.00 p.m.)

 Friday 28th: LRTA - “Tramways of Germany in the 1990s” by Graham Whiteley

 

NOVEMBER 2011 

 Thursday 3rd: SRPS - “Penmanshiel Revisited”: the impact of the collapse of the Penmanshiel tunnel on railway operations by Jim Summers

 Tuesday 8th: CILT “JourneyCall” by Lesley Stewart, Director, JourneyCall

 Friday 11th: RCTS - “NRM Steam Operations: the support role” by Rob Tibbits

 Thursday 17th: Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Railway Division, Scottish Centre “Network Rail’s Infrastructure Monitoring Fleet” by Brendan Rice, Examination Resource Manager, Network Rail Asset Management (to be held in Room 319, Caledonian University, George Moore Building, Glasgow G4 0BA)

 Thursday 17th: Wensleydale Railway Association Scotland Branch – “Wensleydale Railway – Back to the Future” by Ruth Annison, principal founder in May 1990 of the WRA and its Secretary for the first 15 years. She was also Marketing Director of Wensleydale Railway plc from its formation in 2000 until Oct 2009, and Chairman from 2005-2009.

 Thursday 17th: SPOKES - autumn public meeting on the theme of “Edinburgh and Oxford Compared” with Cllr. Gordon Mackenzie, Transport Convener, The City of Edinburgh Council and Richard Mann, Sustainable transport consultant and member of Cyclox, the Oxford Cycle Campaign

 Tuesday 22nd: Campaign for Borders Rail – AGM with guest speaker Neil Buxton, General Manager, Association of Community Rail Partnerships (http://www.acorp.uk.com/) (to be held in the Scott Room, Old Gala House, Galashiels, 7.45 p.m.)

 Tuesday 22nd: CILT “Connectivity for the Capital: The Cockburn Association’s perspective on how best to meet Edinburgh’s transport needs” by Bill Cantley, Vice-Chairman, The Cockburn Association

 Friday 25th: LRTA -Blackpool 125 and other nostalgia (DVDs and slides)”

 

DECEMBER 2011

Thursday 1st: SRPS - Members’ Slides Evening. Contributions welcome - contact Peter Howell. Followed by seasonal refreshments

 Tuesday 6th: CILT The Annual Scottish Sustainable Transport Event: “Working Spaces, Living Spaces” by Ian Wall, former Chief Executive of the EDI Group and creator of the Edinburgh Science Festival

 Friday 9th: RCTS - AGM (at 7.00 p.m.) followed by members' photographs, slides and anecdotes (with seasonal refreshments) 

 

JANUARY 2012

 Thursday 5th: SRPS – “Scotland’s Railways in the 1970s”: mainline and preserved railways though the camera lens by Ken Falconer

 Thursday 12th: CILT – David Spaven, currently writing “Waverley Route: The Life, Death & Re-Birth of the Borders Railway”, will explain how the Waverley Line came to close and what has happened in the intervening years

 Saturday 14th: RCTS “A Miscellany of Vintage Diesels” by Hamish Stevenson

 Friday 27th: LRTA Tramways quiz and members’ slides – preceded by brief business meeting

 

FEBRUARY 2012

 Thursday 2nd: SRPS - “Railway Tales”: films and tales of railway operations in the 20th century by John Evans

 Tuesday 7th: CILT “The Royal Scotsman” by James Heslin, Business Manager, The Royal Scotsman

 Saturday 11th: RCTS “The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway” by Andrew Thompson

 Thursday 16thInstitution of Mechanical Engineers, Railway Division, Scottish Centre – “Hitachi - IEP and other developments" by Alistair Dormer, Chief Executive, Agility Trains (to be held in The Royal Scots Club, 30 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh EH3 6QE at 5.30 p.m.)

 Friday 24th: LRTA “Update on the new Edinburgh tramway” by Alastair Richards, Managing Director, Edinburgh Trams

 

MARCH 2012

 Thursday 1st: SRPS – “Scotland’s Railways Caught on Film”: the 1970 Scottish mainline railway scene” by Keith Jones

 Tuesday 6th: CILT “Transport Preparations for Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games” by George Vincent, Technical Services Manager, Glasgow City Council (note: to be held in Conference Rooms 1 & 2 [ground floor], Development and Regeneration Services, Glasgow City Council, 229 George Street, Glasgow G1 1QU, 5.30 for 6.00 p.m.)

 Friday 9th: RCTS – “Photographic Review of 2010/11” by Keith Sanders

 Tuesday 27th: CILT “How Does the Scottish Transport System Serve Our Visitors” by David Warnock, Board Member, Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park (note: to be held in The Queens Hotel, Leonard Street, Perth PH2 8HB, 5.30 for 6.00 p.m.)

 Thursday 29thSPOKES - spring public meeting: Election Hustings on Cycling and related transport issues


Speakers:
  • Con – Cllr Cameron Rose [Spokes member]
  • Green – Cllr Steve Burgess [currently Green transport spokesperson]
  • Lab – Cllr Lesley Hinds [currently Labour transport spokesperson]
  • LibDem – Cllr Gordon Mackenzie [currently Edinburgh's Transport Convener]
  • SNP – speaker still to be confirmed
The speakers will each give a short introduction to their party's policies, after which the meeting will split into groups, and the candidates will visit each group in turn for 10 minutes or so. This gives the audience a much greater chance to engage with the politicians than the normal format of a speaker panel sitting on the platform throughout.

Further details and a downloadable poster are on our website at

www.spokes.org.uk/wordpress/2012/02/edinburgh-council-election-hustings

 Friday 30th: LRTA – “Swiss City Trio then and now” by Richard J S Wiseman 

 

 APRIL 2012

 Thursday 5th: SRPS - to be advised 

 Thursday 12th: RCTS RCTS Scottish Branch Annual Dinner (7.00 for 7.30 p.m., venue to be advised)

 Friday 13th: RCTS “Glasgow’s Railways in the 1950s” by Hugh Gould, National President, RCT

 

MAY 2012

 Friday 4th: RCTS “Network Rail Project: The Rebuilding of Reading” by Callum Macleod

 

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Meeting places and contact details:

 

SRPS (Scottish Railway Preservation Society): Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh at 7.30 p.m.

- contact Dr Peter Howell on 0131 334 5232. Visit website at www.srps.org.uk

 

CRAG (Capital Rail Action Group): Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh at 7.15 p.m. for 7.30 p.m.

- contact Patrick Hutton on 0131 558 8042 (patrickh@6brc.freeserve.co.uk). Visit website at www.capitalrail.org.uk

 

RCTS (Railway Correspondence and Travel Society): Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh at 7.30 p.m. on Fridays, 2.30 p.m. on Saturdays

- contact Richard Thorburn at thorburnr2000@yahoo.com. Visit website at http://www.rcts.org.uk/branches/scotland/events.htm

 

LRTA (Light Rail Transit Association): Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh at 7.30 p.m.

- contact George P.Murray on 0131 538 2375. Visit website at http://www.lrta.org/meets.html

 

CILT (Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport): City Chambers, High Street, Edinburgh at 5.30 p.m. (refreshments) for 6.00 p.m.. Visit website at www.ciltscotland.com

 

Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Railway Division, Scottish Centre: George Moore Building, Caledonian University, Glasgow G4 0BA at 5.30 p.m. (refreshments) for 6.00 p.m.. Contact David Shirres, Events Secretary at rdscotland@imechenetwork.org. Visit website at http://nearyou.imeche.org.uk/uk/scot/scrd/

 

Railway Engineers Forum Scotland: Visit website at http://sites.google.com/site/refscotland/home

 

RailFuture Scotland: contact Mike Harrison at Secretary@RailFutureScotland.org.uk or on 0131 448 0930. Visit website at www.railfuturescotland.org.uk

 

Wensleydale Railway Association Scotland Branch: contact Tim Wheater at  wrascotlandsecretary@live.co.uk or on 01620 895518. Visit website at http://www.wensleydalerailwayassociation.com/

 

Campaign for Borders Rail: contact Lorne Anton at lorneanton@yahoo.co.uk or on 01890 781698. Visit website at http://www.campaignforbordersrail.org/

 

SPOKES (The Lothian Cycle Campaign): Augustine United Church, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh at 7.30 p.m. (coffee from 6.45 p.m.)

- contact Mark Symonds at symondsmark@hotmail.com or on 0131 661 9763. Visit website at www.spokes.org.uk

 

FoE (Friends of the Earth) Edinburgh: Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh at 7.30 p.m.

- contact Bob Langridge at info@foe-edinburgh.org.uk. Visit website at www.foe-edinburgh.org.uk

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

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