Rail and Transport Society


About Us

Imperial College Rail and Transport Society (or ICRTS for short) is open to everyone interested in the transport industry, and has a long, rich history. Under the auspices of the City and Guilds College Union and with the support of alumni members, ICRTS organises railway and transport-related events for members.

Our Vision

'Fostering Closer Ties Between Our Members And The Transport Industry'

Our Goals

To expose interested students to the Transport Industry and the available career options

To harness and develop the interest of members in the Railway and Transport Industry

To provide platforms for members to understand and to appreciate our Heritage and History

Society History

1946: Inaugural meeting of the then Railway Society. 
1947: First set of lectures held with limited success by the society which at this point was a small network of rail enthusiasts. 
1950s and 1960s: ICRS became a popular society offering interesting visits and lectures. The name of Imperial College was used to attract big rail industry names.
1970s: With the decline in the UK rail industry, interest in it and the society died back. By 1983, the society disappeared from the union books.
2003: An Imperial College member of staff, Mr K Winter, discovered photos from the archives and with his colleague J Barnes, restarted the society (with student help of course).
2005: First meeting of the reborn society with notable alumni. 
2013: The society is now continued by another student committee and we hope the new look of the society will reflect shifting attitudes toward transport throughout society. 
2017: Aviation division is officially opened, marking the expansion of the original Rail Society to Transport Society.


About the Transport Industry 

A Truly Massive Industry 

It goes without saying that  transport  is key to supporting developed and developing economies. It connects businesses and people across the globe and as a result It is a multi-billion pound industry involving state of the art technologies and some of the largest infrastructure projects in the world. In the UK alone, the government is investing heavily in transport including projects such as Crossrail, the largest infrastructure project in Europe coming in at £14.9bn, the controversial High Speed Two and the plans for major airport expansions in the south east. 

Multidisciplinary Projects 

Transport is a multidisciplinary industry requiring civil engineers who focus on the structures, tunnels and bridges supporting the transport links; mechanical and aeronautical engineers who are the brains behind the state of the art trains that are rolling out of the factories of Bombardier and Siemens and electrical engineers who create the advanced signalling and monitoring systems to allow the trains to run in a controlled manner. 

It's not all about engineering however. Transport projects effect the way we do business and can impact on businesses themselves. There are multiple parties with a vested interest in transport and it takes competent commercial managers to get the best out of a project for society. 

Some High Profile Transport Projects

Some videos from notable projects/companies to get you thinking about potential opportunities in the industry and for you to appreciate some of the challenges posed by the transport industry.



               The New Tube for London