Collin Carr BSc CEng FICE

SPECIALIST AREAS
Structures, track, environment, health and safety


Collin Carr studied civil engineering at Swansea University before joining British Rail Eastern Region as a graduate trainee in 1975.

Following various posts for the Area Civil Engineer in Leeds, Collin became Assistant Engineer for bridges, stations and other structures, then P Way engineer, to the Area Civil Engineer in Exeter. He then moved on to become the Area Civil Engineer Bristol.

Leading up to privatisation of BR, Collin was appointed the Infrastructure Director for InterCity Great Western with responsibility for creating engineering organisations that could be transferred into the private sector in a safe and efficient manner. During this process Collin was part of a management buyout team that eventually formed a JV with Amey. He was appointed Technical Director of Amey Rail in 1996 and retired ten years later as Technical Transition Director of Amey Infrastructure Services.

Now a self-employed Consultant, Collin has worked with a number of clients, including for RSSB managing an industry confidential safety reporting system known as CIRAS, an industry-wide supplier assurance process (RISAS) and mentoring and facilitating for a safety liaison group of railway infrastructure contractors, the Infrastructure Safety Leadership Group (ISLG).

Latest Articles

Sliding on nitrogen and making history!

Over the recent Easter period, Spencer Rail completed a first in this country by successfully moving an 800-tonne pedestrian subway into its final position...

Planning it in advance

When booking a car in for a service, a driver usually tells the receptionist about any other faults that need attention at the same...

Canal Tunnels – Exercising foresight

In 2004, Great Britain won nine gold medals at the Athens Olympics. In 2005, Tony Blair won a third term as Prime Minister and...

The Pressure’s On – Repairing Dawlish sea wall

The pressure is on. The sea wall was breached by storms on 4 February and the railway has been washed away. Business in the...

Thameslink- It’s all happening to programme

Doesn’t time fly! It’s about nine months since we last updated readers on progress for this most prestigious and complex of projects - Thameslink....

Changing track

Over the last decade, Network Rail has invested heavily in high output plant and equipment designed to maximise the installation of new track and...

Reading’s new train care depot

Since plans to significantly improve the railway at Reading were first launched in September 2008, The Rail Engineer has written a number of articles...

Many sites at Liverpool Street

The £14.8 billion Crossrail project is now progressing at a pace. The route from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the West to Shenfield and Abbey...

Dinmore Tunnel – Suck it and See

Dinmore tunnel is actually two railway tunnels located on the former Shrewsbury to Hereford line between Hereford and Leominster. The tunnels are split level...

Manchester Victoria: A key interchange again

When talking with colleagues about Victoria Station Manchester, built in 1844, the invariable response is: “That’s the station with the longest platform in the...

Managing risk and achieving the balance

Do you think that you are a risk taker? When driving, would you carry on even though you are tired and should stop and...

Reading Station transformed

Before Easter, Reading Station was a major building site. The travelling public could see what Network Rail was trying to do but it took...