ATOC Engineering Council exists to foster a common approach to railway engineering activity amongst passenger train operators in the UK.

The aim of all our work is to facilitate engineering improvements in reliability and efficiency of passenger rolling stock among our member companies.

Key activities include:

  • Sharing "best practice" to improve rolling stock reliability and quality
  • Representing members in discussion of engineering issues with government, safety authorities and other bodies
  • Influencing the development of UK and European standards for rolling stock engineering
  • Co-ordinating joint projects between member companies and with others
  • Representing members on cross-industry research projects
  • Developing and promoting coherent strategies for railway engineering in the UK

We do this through organising colloquia, workshops and conferences, through publishing and circulating information to members, and by taking part in relevant cross-industry committees and working parties which are shaping railway engineering practices for the future.

A small team of engineers at ATOC supports the efforts of Engineering Council Members from the participating companies.

Railway Engineering Graduate Scheme

On behalf of Engineering Council, ATOC manages the Railway Engineering Graduate Scheme for engineering undergraduates and graduates seeking a career in mechanical or electrical engineering with UK passenger and freight train operators.

ATOC Engineering extranet

ATOC Engineering Council also publishes useful documents to authorised users in relevant companies on the ATOC Engineering extranet site.

To apply for access to the extranet, please e-mail