IET Lecture: 'Electrification of Rail Network'

Published on 11 October 2011
The Institution of Engineering and Technology, in association with South Wales Power Technical Network, present this free evening lecture, to be given by Graeme Brindle BSc(Hons) CEng, MIET, CMILT - Technical Director of Electrical and Systems Engineering for Amey Rail Consulting.   Synopsis It is often asked "Why do they have conductor rails in the south and wires above the tracks in the north?" This presentation seeks to tell the story of how electric railway technology developed from its infancy to the systems we use today, and shows why there is really still no 'standard' system even after 130 years. With many illustrations and not too much electrical theory, the night aims to be a journey of technological revelation.   Speaker Graeme Brindle is the Technical Director of Electrical & Systems Engineering for Amey (Consulting - Rail). A lifelong transportation systems Electrical Engineer, he joined British Rail in 1973 and eventually became the Electrical Engineer of the Western region in 1987. Leaving BR in 1990, he went to the Channel Tunnel where he spent 6 years in a variety of senior electrical roles and then moved into guided road transport systems with AEG (subsequently Alstom). He returned to 'mainstream' railway power engineering in 2001 when he joined Amey where he has specialised in the niche field of signalling power supplies. He serves as the Railway Industry representative on the BS7671 (IET Wiring Regulations) Committee.   Time and Venue The lecture will take place on Tuesday 11th October at 18:00 (for 18:30) in the Faculty Lecture Theatre, Trevithick Building, School of Engineering. Car parking is available within the University site after 17:00, NCP car parking is available at Knox Road and Dumfries Place.