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The Railway, telling the story of the development of the humble rail.

16 Oct 2018
Start time
7:30 PM
Tempest Anderson Hall
Mark Calvert, Mott MacDonald

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The Railway, telling the story of the development of the humble rail.

Mark Calvert, Mott MacDonald

We think of railway and the golden age of steam we picture Mallard and the Flying Scotsman thundering on the East Coast Main Line, elegant coaches fine china and cups of tea served as the landscape passes in a blur. Forward to the modern railway and the Intercity High Speed Train and the Japanese Bullet Train with mountains in the background.

With these romantic visions the most basic part of the railways are forgotten, the humble rail. On the face of it the rail brings no commercial value to the railway but is arguably the most important part.

The rail has come in many sizes, the rails of today are not from a linear development but from a haphazard and often fraught process which often resulted in death and destruction of trains.

In this lecture Mark Calvert will discuss the development of the rail from the early 1800s, how various engineers and companies competed with differing designs and standards, finishing with high speed rail line currently proposed and being built.

Mark Calvert IEng MICE is a Civil Engineering Project Manager at Mott MacDonald, a global engineering consultancy.

He is the Chair of the Institution of Civil Engineers in the Yorkshire and Humber region, representing over 4,000 members and promoting the great work civil engineers perform in transforming infrastructure and transforming lives.

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