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January 2020
My Rail Travel Down UnderBook Now
Start Date:08/01/2020 19:30
End Date:08/01/2020 21:00
Event Code:KTG0452

When: 08 January 19:00 (for 19:30) - 21:00
Where: Peter Brett Associates.  10 Ashford Court, 1 Dover place, Ashford TN23 1FB
Meeting Point: Reception

Speaker: Alan Woodcock, Retired Manager from Rail Industry

Alan, a retired Rail Industry Manager with considerable experience and knowledge of the Rail Industry, gives a presentation on his journey from West to East across Australia and North to South on the national rail networks which includes two preserved lines, the Queensland Pioneer Railway, a 3ft 6 in gauge line at Swanbrook (near Ipswich) and the Lake Macquarie Light Railway (at Toronto), a 2ft gauge line ( the locos being formerly used in the Sugar Cane industry) as well as the famous Ghan Railway. There will also be several other interesting and surprising things he came across on his trip including information about the national rail work and how this interrelates with the State networks of varying gauges.

Alan worked in the Rail Industry (public and private sectors) for nearly 40 years, starting his career as a junior booking office clerk at Rainham, ending his railway career in overall management of the York Railway complex in 2005.

Refreshments and a light buffet will be provided.

Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: KTG0452

This is a joint event with IRTE/IMI/TWI

This venue has wheelchair access

Spa Valley RailwayBook Now
Start Date:21/01/2020 19:00
End Date:21/01/2020 20:30
Event Code:GTG0367

When: 21 January 2020, 18:30 (for 19:00) - 20:30
Where: Harlequin Theatre , Warwick Crescent, Redhill , Surrey

Speaker: Brian Halford

Presentation on the history and development of the Spa Valley Railway . The Tunbridge Wells to Eridge line ran from the (now) HQ of the Spa Valley Railway at Tunbridge Wells West from 1866 to its closure in 1985. After an amazing effort by members of TWERPS (you'll find out what this means at the meeting), the line was again opened through to Groombridge in August 1997 and finally to Eridge in 2011. Brian will give an illustrated talk on the railway's history from just before closure in 1985 to more recent developments. Whilst this meeting is free a contribution to the speakers cost will be welcome and collected on day

Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: GTG0367

Urban Logistics - LondonBook Now
Start Date:29/01/2020 09:00
End Date:29/01/2020 16:30
Event Code:PTRC0630

Efficient, safe and sustainable movement of freight within urban areas is essential to ensure towns and cities prosper and local businesses thrive. Freight is the lifeblood of our local economies and needs to be planned for and effectively managed, to balance the needs of industry with those of local communities, other road users and the environment.

Freight is often treated as an add-on to the movement of people, but it can have very significant impact on local amenities, road safety and air quality. And many urban freight management measures exist, from use of Delivery & Servicing Plans (DSPs) to retiming freight activity outside of the normal trading day. But which measures are suitable for which scenarios? And how do policy makers and practitioners select the right mix of solutions for their specific issues, using quality data to make informed decisions?

This new course provides the essential background to the nature of freight movement in urban areas using real-world case studies from around the globe.

Programme and Booking Form

Please find further course/programme details and booking form here.

Course Fees

Standard Fee: £365 + VAT

CILT Member/ Local Authority/ Charity Fee: £345 + VAT


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An important expansion of the capacity of Southampton's Freightliner Rail TerminalBook Now
Start Date:29/01/2020 18:45
End Date:29/01/2020 21:00
Event Code:HDG0354

When: 29 January 18:30 (for 18:45) - 21:00
Where: Solent Conference Centre (The Spark), on the East Park Terrace Campus of Solent University, SOUTHAMPTON SO 14 0LY
Meeting Point: The Beech Conference Room (TS 215A on Level 2) of the Solent Conference Centre 

Speaker: Lindsay Durham, Head of Rail Strategy, Freightliner Group Ltd

In January 2013 our speaker presented to Group members on the recent improvements to the Freightliner Rail Terminal in the port of Southampton. Now, seven years later, Lindsay Durham makes a welcome return update us on changes and upcoming plans in the area and the sector. Rail growth is vital to reduce  dependence on roadborne carriage of containers since Southampton’s main road artery to the Midlands & Northern England, the A34, will soon be subject to extra traffic congestion as it is extensively upgraded and to deliver carbon savings in the logistics chain.

Refreshments will be provided.

Book online now or complete your booking form and send to Membership Services at or call on Tel: 01536 740104 quoting the event code: HDG0354

Cost: Member: Free; Non-Member: £5.00

This venue has wheelchair access

February 2020
Three little linersBook Now
Start Date:04/02/2020 19:00
End Date:04/02/2020 20:45
Event Code:SG0391

Please note change of speaker and topic  

When: 04 February 2020, 18:30 for 19:00 - 20:45 
Where: Room 313, Cliffe Building, East Sussex College, Mountfield Road, Lewes, BN7 2XH

Speaker: David Toy MCILT IEng MSOE MIRTE

General Steam Navigation part of the P&O group operated three diesel passenger ships on cross channel and service to Kent and Essex from London pre-war and continued until 1966. All three were at Dunkirk where GSN brought back nearly 12% of the troops from the beaches. David will give us an insight into the ships, how they operated and their interesting nautical history and demise. 

Book online now or send your completed booking form to Membership Services at
or call Tel: 01536 740104 quoting the event code: SG0391

This venue has wheelchair access

Cost: Member: Free; Non-Member: £5.00

Visit to TfL's new Service Control Centre at Hammersmith - Second dateBook Now
Start Date:06/02/2020 14:00
End Date:06/02/2020 16:00
Event Code:RSF0051
When: 06 February 2020, 13:50 for 14:00 - 16:00
Where: Hammersmith SCC, Trussley Road, London, W6 7PR 
Meeting Point: TBC 

Speaker: Edward Payne, Service Control Manager, Hammersmith SCC

The new Service Control Centre (SCC) is the key part of TfL’s Four Lines Modernisation Programme (4LM), which will centralise control of its four sub-surface lines (Hammersmith & City, Circle, District and Metropolitan).

This 90-minute Visit, including a Q & A session, will cover:

 - the rationale behind the design of the new system. 

- a tour of the main control room, including desk layouts, operational challenges and organisational changes

- a review of their operational training simulator, including an overview of CBTC signage and a basic system overview

- the latest update on completion of the whole new system

Please be aware if you book a place photo ID will be required on the day

Book online now or contact Membership Services with your completed booking form, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: RSF0051

Cost: Member: Free; Non-Member: £5

Please be aware the Control Centre is fully accessible and a short 10-15 minute walk from Hammersmith Station

Open Access Rail OperationsBook Now
Start Date:18/02/2020 19:00
End Date:18/02/2020 20:30
Event Code:GTG0372

When: 18 February, 18:30 (for 19:00) - 20:30
Where: Harlequin Theatre, Warwick Crescent, Redhill, Surrey

Speaker: Richard McLean, Managing Director, Grand Central Rail

With the need for the rail industry to deliver for passengers and taxpayers being correctly highlighted as a national priority and many reviews being undertaken as to how to best support this happening, Richard McClean (Managing Director, Grand Central) will talk about how a small, local but fully commercial Open Access train operator can be part of dealing with this challenge.

Cost: Member: Free; Non-Member: £5.00

Book online now or send your completed booking form to Membership Services at
or Tel: 01536 740104 quoting the event code: GTG0372

This venue has wheelchair access

Richard Trevithick Lecture: Delivering a reliable railway for passengersBook Now
Start Date:27/02/2020 18:00
End Date:27/02/2020 20:00
Event Code:WR0383

When: 27 February, 18:00 (for 18:30) - 20:00
Where: Cardiff University, Main Building, Park Place, CF10 3AT
Meeting Point: Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre, Room 1.123 (First Floor)

Speaker: Andrew Haines, Chief Executive, Network Rail Mark Langman, Route Managing Director Wales and Western, Network Rail

Mark Langman, regional director for the railway in Wales and Western along with Welshman and Chief Executive of Network Rail, Andrew Haines will be talking about their ambitions to deliver a reliable railway for passengers across the UK and importantly, how they are going to do it.  There will be the chance to ask questions too.

CILT Cymru Wales look forward to welcoming you to our annual Richard Trevithick Lecture, and we are sure that all members will enjoy hearing from Andrew Haines and Mark Langman. Refreshments will be available before the presentation, along with time for networking.

The Main Building of Cardiff University is located on Park Place, directly opposite Cathays railway station. Bus services are available along Park Place (routes 53, 86 and 95), to Cathays Park (route 6) or a short walk away on North Road. NextBike facilities are also available nearby. Paid, on-street parking is available as well.

Refreshments will be provided.

Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: WR0383

This venue has wheelchair access

March 2020
Visit to London Transport Museum Acton DepotBook Now
Start Date:03/03/2020 10:15
End Date:03/03/2020 13:00
Event Code:SG0392
When: 03 March 2020, 10:15 - 13:00
Where: London Transport Musuem, Acton Depot. Details on booking via Corby

Speaker: Barry Le Jeune

Barry will give an introductory talk on the role of the London transport Museum and its Friends in preserving London’s transport heritage, followed by a Depot Discovery Tour.

Full details will be given on booking. Fee £10.00 per member (£15.00 per non member) payable upon booking.
Book online now or send your completed booking form to Membership Services at
or call Tel: 01536 740104 quoting the event code: SG0392

Whilst the majority of this venue has wheelchair access, a few areas within the building are not wheelchair accessible.

CILT Best Student Dissertation Award – University of West of EnglandBook Now
Start Date:11/03/2020 17:30
End Date:11/03/2020 20:00
Event Code:SWR0321

When: 11 March 17:00 (for 17:30) - 20:00
Where: Centre for Transport & Society, University of the West of England, BS16 1QY

Speaker: Andrew Hemmings BA(Hons) FCILT, Secretary CILT Rail Freight Forum

This is an open event hosted by the Centre for Transport and Society University of the West of England to award one of its MSc cohort with a prize for ‘Best Dissertation’ the even will include a key note presentation from Andrew Hemmings BA(Hons) FCILT Secretary CILT Rail Freight Forum on the subject of ‘The future of Rail Freight in creating sustainable transport solutions’.

Refreshments will be provided.

Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: SWR0321

This venue has wheelchair access

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