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Date(s) - 13 September 2022
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Visit to the Institute of Railway Research

Tuesday 13th September 2022

In Person at Huddersfield University

Meeting at 17:00 at Huddersfield Station


Please Note

As a mark of respect for Her Majesty the Queen, CIRO have made the decision to suspend all of our upcoming events due to take place up to, and including, the day of Her Majesty’s funeral on Monday 19th September. We thank you for your understanding and apologise for any inconvenience this may cause for attendees.


About the Event

The North East Area Council invites members to visit the Institute of Railway Research at Huddersfield University.

Huddersfield IRR is a world leading centre in the field of railway engineering, whose research has helped to improve the knowledge of the way in which railway vehicles interact with the track, including key performance aspects such as suspension performance, wheel-rail contact, traction and braking.  In partnership with industry and academic partners, this work has led to a number of tools and techniques being developed, which are now used to predict deterioration of railway wheels and rails, optimise the vehicle-track interface, increase safety and reliability levels, reduce cost and improve performance of the railway system.

The visit will start with a short presentation about some of the research programmes that the IRR has carried out on behalf of the industry, after which we will be shown round the testing facilities, in particular the £4.5m testing rig and how it works.  We will also visit the latest laboratory facilities, and may even get to see the small self-built loco that the students built and entered in competitions across the country.

It is expected that the visit will last around 2 hours, after which light refreshments will be provided at the Head of Steam pub at Huddersfield station.



How to Attend

Places are limited to 15 for this visit. Therefore please register as soon as possible, as places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, and a waiting list will be put in place should the event sell out. Spaces must be booked by Monday 5th September at 08:00. When booking, please let us know whether you have any mobility or dietary requirements. Attendees will meet at 17:00 at Huddersfield Station for a 17:30 start at the University, so please plan accordingly. Further details will be given to those who have been allocated a place. If a delegate subsequently cannot attend, it is essential that they notify the organiser; late advice or failure to notify may reduce eligibility for subsequent events.



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Due to the environment of some of the sites we visit, we may need to know if you have any access, medical, dietary, or other considerations that need to be brought to our attention. We do not limit participation in our events, and welcome all disabled and non-disabled members to attend. Any major health and safety concerns, that may be out of our control, will be outlined in any promotional materials so you can make the best choice for you. Should you like to attend or watch an event and feel we need to be made aware of something about yourself, you can contact the email address above in confidence and we will be happy to assist and inform you.


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Bookings are closed for this event.