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01 Future rail power options (Joint event with IMechE)

Future rail power options (Joint event with IMechE)

The presentation will consider:

  • UK decarbonisation context
  • Weaning rail off petroleum
  • Electrification - benefits, challenges and politics 
  • Deployment of hydrogen trains and supporting infrastructure
  • Battery trains developments
  • Can research change the required traction mix
  • The transition to next zero



David Shirres
David retired from Network Rail in 2009 after a career that included rolling stock engineering, asset management and infrastructure projects. 

In 2010, David became a writer for Rail Engineer magazine and has been the magazine's editor since 2016. He has written over 200 features for the magazine including a number on rail decarbonisation. 

He also writes a regular railway engineering column for Professional Engineering magazine. 

David is also actively involved in the IMechE Railway Division in Scotland having been Chair and Secretary of the Division's Scottish Centre/  


23 Feb 2021

5:30pm - 7:00pm

Add to Calendar 02/23/2021 17:30 02/23/2021 19:00 01 Future rail power options (Joint event with IMechE) David Shirres presents his view for the future of onboard power for railway application. London, UK


Swindon Local Network

Registration Information

This is a joint event with the IMecheE Railway Division who are the host.

The webinar will be delivered on the Microsoft Teams platform and accessed from the link below.  If you do not use Microsoft Teams, download the app and join as aguest.

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Online event

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The event is available to view online only
United Kingdom

This event will be streamed live and is available to watch online only from any location across the world.


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