Malcolm Dobell BTech CEng FIMechE

SPECIALIST AREAS
Rolling stock, depots, systems integration, fleet operations.


Malcolm Dobell worked for the whole of his 45-year career with London Underground. He entered the Apprentice Training Centre in Acton Works in 1969 as an engineering trainee, taking a thin sandwich course at Brunel University, graduating with an honours degree in 1973.

He then worked as part of the team supervising the designs of all the various items of auxiliary equipment for new trains, which gave him experience in a broad range of disciplines. Later, he became project manager for the Jubilee Line’s first fleet of new trains (displaced when the extension came along), and then helped set up the train refurbishment programme of the 90s, before being appointed Professional Head of Rolling stock in 1997.

Malcolm retired as Head of Train Systems Engineering in 2014 following a career during which he had a role in the design of all the passenger trains currently in service - even the oldest - and, particularly, bringing the upgraded Victoria line (rolling stock and signalling) into service.

He is a non-executive director of CPC Systems, a systems engineering company that helps train operators improve their performance. A former IMechE Railway Division Chairman and a current board member, he also helps to organise and judge the annual Railway Challenge, is a member of the Railway Division Board and is the chair of governors at a large secondary academy in Milton Keynes.

Latest Articles

A little sand in the right place works wonders

Part 4, Passenger Service In this series so far, Rail Engineer has reported on the tests of Double Variable...

From Top Gear to Thameslink

Sambit Banerjee took over as managing director of Siemens Mobility’s rolling stock and customer services business on 1 November 2019. Just a...

Zero Carbon? Not here! Carbon-fibre bogie frame

During the IMechE’s Railway Challenge in 2019, the judges were hugely impressed with the composite bogie and springs demonstrated on the Poznan...

Improving New Train Introduction – industry requirements

In issue 180, (December 2019), Malcolm Dobell reported on recent experiences by train operators in introducing new trains, as presented to a...

Rolling stock maintenance and remote condition monitoring

This is the fourth time that Rail Engineer has reported on London Business Conferences’ symposium on rolling stock maintenance, featuring Remote Condition...

Improving New Train Introduction – the operator’s view

With an unprecedented number of new vehicles ordered since 2010 - over 8,000 - and with more orders to come, getting them...

A little sand in the right place works wonders

Part 3, Operational Trials In November 2017 (issue 157), Rail Engineer reported on trials undertaken at the Rail Innovation...

All Change and Mind the Gaps

Chairman’s address to the IMechE Railway Division 2019 Graham Neil CEng FIMechE FIET is...

It’s the bits and pieces that make it all work

Take a look at a typical section of overhead line equipment (OLE) and you will see a mass of wires, masts and...

Are You Sitting Comfortably?

Although a number of new train fleets have been introduced onto the British rail network in recent years, with more still to come,...

Have you heard the whisper about new developments to WSPER?

Your writer first became aware of WSPER (Wheel Slide Protection Evaluation Rig) in the 1990s. It is a method of carrying out...

Repoint – New Thinking in Point Machines

Faults tend to have significant impact on railway performance, disrupting or stopping train movement. Railway administrators make significant efforts to reduce or eliminate sources...