Coronavirus

Covid-19 And DRES Update

The DRES President and Committee would like to provide all our members witht following update during this current Covid–19 crisis. Not surprisingly under the circumstances, the DRES Committee have decided to cancel all visits, physical lecture gatherings and social events until it is safe and permitted to do so. DRES has taken out a corporate…

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Upgrade To The DRES Website

The Society would like to thank the computing students from Derby College for their recent help in the overhaul of this website. Thanks to the students, DRES can now attract new members via the website, as they can join the Society online. Also, we have introduced a “paywall” which will allow just the members of…

Borders Railway

Video Lecture: The Success Of Borders Rail!

The 30 miles of new line forming the Borders Railway opened in 2016 reconnecting Midlothian and the Scottish Borders with the capital for the first time in 46 years. It includes seven new stations and is the longest domestic railway to open in Britain for over 100 years and literally distinctive as a “once in…

CL195

Video Lecture: Replacing The Pacers At Northern Rail

Ian Hyde (formerly of Northern Rail) describes the development and introduction into service of the new CAF Civity Class 195 DMUs and Class 331 EMUs. It explored the routes the units will work and the depots that they work from. The new trains aim to provide a new standard of travel for passengers, with increased…

Colin Scott

Meet the new DRES President: Colin Scott

Colin became President in October 2019, following in the footsteps of Jonathan Wragg. Colin has served the society as a Vice President since 2011 representing Bombardier where he is the Chief Engineer for the URBAN transport platform. Here is a message from our new President… Fellow members of the Derby Railway Engineering Society, At our…

Caledonian Sleeper

Thursday 12th Dec. 2019, Lecture: Bringing Hotel Quality to Overnight rail travel to Scotland

Jonathan Newton (Lead Engineer) and Graham Kelly (Guest Experience Director) gave an introduction to the new Caledonian Sleeper Mark 5 train-sets and the splendid facilities provided therein. The presenters also outlined some of the challenges to their introduction and the benefits expected. They outlined the Traction strategy for the Sleeper trains and the service patterns…

Past Event: DRES AGM 2019 and Strategic Plan

The Annual General Meeting of the Society will be held on the 16th. October 2019 at 18:00 and will be followed by a lecture from East Midlands Railways. Papers for the meeting are available on the following links DRES 2019 AGM – Presidents Report 2018 AGM Minutes – 16 Oct 2018 DRES 2019 AGM Agenda…

Benefits of DRES

DRES’ members enjoy the following benefits: Free entry to our lecture events we hold by various reputed figures and experts in the industry on topics relevant to the railways and engineering. The opportunity to join the various visits to areas related to the railways and engineering. Evidence of Career Development in the form of provision…