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Welcome to the Knowledge Area of the IRSE website. Our intention is to progressively improve the availability of information, particularly for IRSE members but also to non-members. Traditionally, most information was printed, and copies of IRSE NEWS, the IRSE Annual Proceedings and other technical information were and still are in most cases sent to members by post, wherever they are in the world.

Knowledge database​​
The IRSE manages a database of technical papers. This database is fully searchable, and allows you to find:
  • Papers on a range of key themes
  • Papers published in IRSE NEWS
  • Papers published in connection with major events (eg ASPECT)
  • Presidential Programme papers

The database also includes some non-IRSE papers on subjects relevant to members. Click here to access the database.

We publish IRSE NEWS and the IRSE Proceedings on-line in addition to distributing the printed versions (see links to the left).  These contain technical papers and articles (most of which are also listed in the Knowledge Base).

You can also find in this area of the website video broadcasts of some of the Presidential Programme technical meetings. If there is something you would like to see in this Members Area, please let us know at


The Institution publishes a number of text books about railway signalling, control and communications and these are available to members and non-members to purchase. Details and ordering information is available here

Fundamental Requirements For Train Control Systems

The IRSE has defined the fundamental requirements which describe the overall purpose of a train control system. The requirements are non-specific about the means by which they are achieved, and could include people, procedures and technology in any combination. These requirements are not mandated by the IRSE but nevertheless, the requirements are regarded as essential for any train control system.

The Fundamental Requirements can be found at the right side of this page in “Other Information.”  You can also view the Requirements in a searchable database form - click here to do so.

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