David Shirres BSc CEng MIMechE DEM

SPECIALIST AREAS
Rolling stock, depots, Scottish and Russian railways


David Shirres joined British Rail in 1968 as a scholarship student and graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Sussex University. He has also been awarded a Diploma in Engineering Management by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

His roles in British Rail included Maintenance Assistant at Slade Green, Depot Engineer at Haymarket, Scottish DM&EE Training Engineer and ScotRail Safety Systems Manager.

In 1975, he took a three-year break as a volunteer to manage an irrigation project in Bangladesh.

He retired from Network Rail in 2009 after a 37-year railway career. At that time, he was working on the Airdrie to Bathgate project in a role that included the management of utilities and consents. Prior to that, his roles in the privatised railway included various quality, safety and environmental management posts.

David was appointed Editor of Rail Engineer in January 2017 and, since 2010, has written many articles for the magazine on a wide variety of topics including events in Scotland, rail innovation and Russian Railways. In 2013, the latter gave him an award for being its international journalist of the year.

He is also an active member of the IMechE’s Railway Division, having been Chair and Secretary of its Scottish Centre.

Latest Articles

Chips & fried electronics at the 8th railway challenge

It is always a pleasure to report on the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Railway Challenge, as Rail Engineer has done since the first competition in 2012....

Edinburgh’s international Railway Engineering conference

Each year, the UK hosts numerous railway industry events. Most of these concern domestic issues and few have complex technical content throughout. In contrast, more than...

Scherbinka’s big show

The biennial international fair of Russian-gauge railway equipment that is PRO//Motion.EXPO took place over four days at the end of August. This year was...

Learning from others

It is always good to learn about new techniques and innovative rail technology. This month’s magazine has many such examples, as well as international insights from...

Azuma from Edinburgh

It can take a long time to introduce a new train. In 2007, the Department for Transport (DfT) issued its invitation to tender for its Intercity...

Rail decarbonisation – a letter to the Minister

There are hundreds of All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPG) formed by MPs and Members of the House of Lords who share a common interest in a policy area,...

Electrify everything

This exhortation to electrify everything concerns much more than railways. It is one of the main thrusts of the report ‘Net Zero: The UK’s contribution to...

Achieving net-zero

The 2008 Climate Change Act was the first in the world to make a government legally accountable for delivering its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions...

Finishing the job – redoubling Aberdeen to Inverurie

Last year, the Aberdeen to Inverness Improvement Project (A2I) redoubled 8.5km of track between Aberdeen and Dyce as reported in issue 168 (October 2018). However, this...

A signal from the north

A midsummer event in the far north that provided an indication of the industry’s future was the Friends of the Far North Line (FoFNL) AGM in...

Enabling better performance

For the past six years, the national rail public performance measure (PPM) has fallen steadily each year from 91.0 per cent in 2013 to 85.6 per...

Delivering change

This month we take the title of our editorial from the address given by George Clark, the new President of Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE),...