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Welding in the Railway Industry Sectors

Technical Groups 10 March 2020

Structures and Infrastructure Technical Group Meeting: 
Welding in the Railway Industry Sectors


This event will include professionals from various railway industry sectors presenting a mix of specially chosen topics for discussion. There are many areas requiring the use of welding processes within the railway industry and some of these will be examined in detail to allow information transfer and promote debate for clarification and understanding.

The meeting will be limited to several topics in this vast and diverse subject. The main topics proposed to be covered by the expert speakers in their field are:

  • Rail welding - various methods
  • Welding of power transfer equipment
  • Welding control (vehicles) - BS EN 15085
  • Track furniture - signal towers etc
  • Refurbishment of power units


Benefits of attending

  • Information transfer from experts and networking
  • Discussion, questions and answers on the specific topics
  • A broader understanding of the extent of welding in the industry
  • Attendance of this event qualifies for CPD

What type of audience should attend?

  • Welding engineers
  • Project engineers/managers
  • Welders
  • Methods engineers


Non-Member Fee: £95 + VAT (£114)
The Welding Institute Professional Member Fee: £35 + VAT (£42)
TWI Industrial Member Fee: £35 + VAT (£42)
Student/Retired Member Fee: £15 + VAT (£18)




Peter Roberts - Group Managing Director

Peter Roberts

Group Managing Director
Collis Engineering Ltd

Peter left school at 16 to embark on an apprenticeship in welding fabrication. His girlfriend at the time and now wife of 40 years didn't fancy washing dirty overalls so he finished his apprenticeship in a drawing office. After an early career in technical management Peter joined Collis Engineering as its General manager in 1989. After a series of aquisitions Peter became Managing Director leading to an MBO where he became Chairman and Managing Director of the Signal House Group in 2003.He holds an MSc. in Quality Engineering, is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Manager and belongs to a number of Engineering institutions including the Welding Institute.

Bill Mosley - Lead Assessor (TWI)

Bill Mosley

Lead Assessor (TWI)

An experienced Chartered welding professional with over 45 years experience in the rail industry, in the areas of both Civil Engineering (Track) and Traction and Rolling Stock. Having left the Rail Industry in 2013 and being semi-retired, William currently carries out ISO 3834 audits of fabricators, welding sub-contractors working in the Rail Sector and EN 15085 audits of manufacturers of traction and rolling stock.

David Gauthier - Business development - Transition Joints Market

David Gauthier

Business development - Transition Joints Market

Mechanical Engineer (Universities of Lyon and Warwick)

Started in 1998 at NobelClad

2 decades experience in welding dissimilar metals with explosion welding and rollbonding processes, strong R&D experience, good market knowledge.

In 2008, as an R&D engineer, David took part to the development of a hybrid bar designed for welding aluminium pannels to steel chassis. It is still produced today and equips more than 2000 cars.

As a business development manager for transition joints since 2014, David helps welding engineers developping new applications and solving joining issues when more than one metal is involved.

Today, David is mostly active in sectors of the automotive, trucks & trailers, train (rolling stock and infrastructure) and shipbuilding

Robert Sawdon - Welding Engineer/Managing Director

Robert Sawdon

Welding Engineer/Managing Director
R W Sawdon Welding Engineers

Bob Sawdon is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Welding Institute with more than 40 years experience in the railway sector. Bob is a BSI nominated rail welding expert to CEN and ISO representing UK in rail welding world-wide. Bob has managed major rail welding projects world-wide. Bob has contributed rail welding standards and codes in UK, Europe and ISO standards. Bob is an active member of TWI and has occupied seats on Council, Professional Board and MERC.Bob is Vice Chairman of The Institute of Rail Welding (IoRW).

Bob has published several papers and articles on the subject of rail welding.

Stephen Norrish - Responsible Welding Coordinator

Stephen Norrish

Responsible Welding Coordinator
Brecknell Willis

After 22 years in the Armed forces as a Metalsmith, Stephen, started a new career as a welding engineer, working for a large structural engineering company finishing as their internal comprehensive RWC, before moving on to his present employers Brecknell Willis, where Stephen is the Category A Responsible Welding Coordinator, Stephen has been working for Brecknell Willis for the last four years.

Jeff Garner - Consulting Welding Engineer

Jeff Garner

Consulting Welding Engineer
Manor Welding Technology Ltd

A Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Welding Institute and International Welding Engineer, Jeff has over 40 years experience in fabrication and welding in a range of key industry sectors including construction, rail, nuclear, petrochemical and Oil & Gas. Along with general welding engineering services, Jeff currently provides Responsible Welding Coordinator (RWC) services to a number of suppliers to the railway industry and support to clients looking towards compliance with the EN 15085 series of standards. He represents the UK railway industry on the European Working Group (WG 31) responsible for revision of the EN 15085 series of standards and is a EN 15085 and ISO 3834 Lead Assessor for TWI Certification Ltd.

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