Rail Forum East Midlands

Rail Forum East Midlands, formerly known as the Derby and Derbyshire Rail Forum (DDRF), represents over 150 businesses across the East Midlands, employing over 25,000 people and contributing £2.6bn to the local economy.

Formed in 1993 the DDRF was originally created to promote the area as a world class centre of rail excellence. Our members include infrastructure and rolling stock designers and consultancies, installers, manufacturers, OEMs and a wide range of service providers to the industry. Today we work strategically with both UK and regional governments, the Rail Supply Group (RSG) and our local LEPs as well as continuing to support our members through specific events.

With the growing strategic importance of rail, RFEM continues to play a vital role supporting our hugely important cluster of rail supply chain organisations.

Colin Walton - Chair, Rail Forum East Midlands

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Rail Forum East Midlands

Date/Time Event
Sep 16, 2016
8:30am - 3:00pm
Rail Forum 2016 Annual Conference
iPro Stadium, Derby East Midlands
Sep 23, 2016
All Day
RFEM Annual Golf Day
Breadsall Priory Marriott Hotel and Country Club, Derby

External events

Date/Time Event
Sep 30, 2016
10:00am - 5:30pm
The Big Rail Diversity Challenge
Hangar 42, Proving Ground Leicestershire
Oct 31, 2016 - Nov 1, 2016
8:00am - 7:00pm
UK Midlands Engine International Conference & Exhibition
Bimingham International Convention Centre, Birmingham
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Our Members

RFEM represents the largest cluster of rail companies in the world. Our region has an international reputation for excellence in rail engineering, design, manufacture and consultancy.

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