Railway Study Association

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ON 19 JUNE 2017

The RSA EGM took place at the London School of Economics on 19 June and the members present voted to direct the RSA Council to seek to merge the RSA with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). As such the RSA will merge with the CILT to form one of its rail fora. A lot of work has already gone into this and we aim to complete this process ready for the 2017-18 sessional programme.

Full minutes of the EGM have been sent to RSA members. If you are a RSA member who has not received these then please contact the Honorary General Secretary at the email address below.

Obviously this is a huge change for the RSA, likely the largest in its history. However, the Council is confident this will allow the Association to continue to offer its key events whilst safeguarding its long-term future.

A huge thank you to everybody who attended the meeting and to those who wrote in with questions and comments. It contributed to a lively and productive debate with a range of opinions put across, and it is heartening how many members had serious, well thought-out responses to the EGM papers. Thanks are also due to Martin Shrubsole, who put an enormous amount of work and skill into preparation for the meeting.

The council has now received its direction, and whilst we are still developing the mechanism for transition and finalising terms, the transfer to an RSA within CILT will involve a number of changes in the short and medium term. More information will be forthcoming over the next few weeks and months, so keep an eye out for members’ circulars and updates in this column.

Work is still continuing with the 2017-18 sessional programme under the auspices of our new President Neil Micklethwaite and we should publish the sessional programme at the start of the autumn.

A write-up of Nick Hughes, Sales Director at Hitachi’s talk will follow in a future issue of Modern Railways. You can also read Modern Railways’ write-ups of previous RSA talks on the Activities-Past Meetings page of the website.

The RSA postal address for all correspondence is: Railway Study Association, PO Box 1210, Chislehurst, BR7 9BU. Please enclose a stamped addressed envelope for a reply by letter mail. You can also contact the RSA by e-mail to:

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Hear the speakers, ask the questions and then read all about it in Modern Railways!