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 2, the results

Last year (issue 157, November 2017), Rail Engineer contained an article with a very similar title covering tests using additional sanders and variable-rate discharge...

How to Refit a Train in 9 days (Mid-life Refresh of Siemens’ Class 185 DMUs)

Rail Engineer’s report on the 2017 RVE Exhibition (issue 157, November 2017) featured a paragraph describing the mid-life refresh of the Siemens Class 185...

Out by Plane, Back by Train

Each year, the Railway Division of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers organises a technical study tour for its members. It is an opportunity to...

Improving the Vehicle Track Interface

On 17 October 2000, a train derailed at Hatfield, Hertfordshire when the running rail catastrophically fractured caused by rolling contact fatigue (RCF). Four people...

RRUKA Annual Conference 2017

Over 200 delegates attended the recent 2017 Rail Research UK Association (RRUKA) conference and exhibition, held at King’s Place London. Luisa Moisio, RSSB R&D...

The Future of Railway Engineering

Each year, the younger members of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers organise a seminar. The recent 2017 event, titled “Skills and Knowledge for the...

A tale of two RCMs – Remote Condition Monitoring or Reliability Centred Maintenance?

Last year, in my first ever article for Rail Engineer (issue 136, February 2016), I reported on the fourth annual Rolling Stock...