The newspaper of Imperial College London
 Issue 144, 6 October 2004
Life sciences restructuring«
Investing in the healthcare of the future«
CERN: 50 and counting«
Academic promotions 2004«
Renaissance man«
Royal Academy of Engineering Fellows«
Complex brain - BA Science week«
Summer news round-up«
Tackling contact sports head-on«
Helping astronauts with body clocks«
National Green Design Challenge winners«
Careers service scoops award«
CAMRA judges lap up Southside's perfect pint«
Ferrari F1 team - Imperial graduates«
Awards for excellence in teaching«
RAMP update«
You ask the questions«
Supporting Learning and Teaching programme«
Work continues on sports centre«
Get on board«
Fond farewells«
World's Largest Coffee Morning«
In Brief«
Media Mentions«
What's on«

Get on board

Staff interested in more than merely using the railways to travel to and from work, may soon be able to join a new railway society at the College, writes Tanya Reed.

Kim Winter, estates, aims to organise a number of lectures this term, or in spring 2005, on the theme of Future Development of Railways in Great Britain. Depending on attendance figures, he and colleague John Barnes, both railway enthusiasts, hope to resurrect the Imperial College Railway Society.

"I decided to try and do this after discovering pictures in the College archives of a visit by the Imperial College Railway Society (ICRS) to the Ffestiniog Railway in 1957," Kim explained. "I also found an ICRS tankard stored behind the Union bar in Beit Quad which confirmed the society's existence between 1956 and 1981.

"The society's members organised lectures, visited railway premises, and were the proud owners of a 3½ inch-gauge model steam locomotive built in 1937 called Dymphna, which ran on a track in west London.

"It would be great to know that enthusiasm about railways is as strong as ever within College, and that staff and students are interested in resurrecting the society."

The proposal has been backed by Professor Rod Smith, head of the department of mechanical engineering, who has offered the department's lecture theatres for future talks. The professor is also on the Board of Trustees for the National Railway Museum's new museum extension in Shildon, Northumberland - a museum which could prove the perfect first behind-the-scenes visit for the resurrected society.

To attract a first-class speaker to the first lecture, a reasonable number of attendees must be guaranteed, added Kim. Anyone interested in attending, or helping to restart the society, should contact or telephone +44 (0)20 7594 9012.

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