Graeme Bickerdike

SPECIALIST AREAS Tunnels and bridges, historic structures and construction techniques, railway safety Graeme Bickerdike's association with the railway industry goes back to the mid-nineties when he was contracted to produce safety awareness videos and printed materials aimed at the on-track community. This led to him heading a stream of work to improve the way safety rules are communicated and understood - ultimately simplifying them - for which he received the IRSE’s Wing Award for Safety in 2007. In 2005, Graeme launched a website to catalogue and celebrate some of the more notable disused railway structures which still grace Britain’s landscape. Several hundred have since had their history researched and a photographic record captured. A particular focus has been the construction methods adopted by Victorian engineers and contractors; as a result, the site has become a useful resource for those with asset management responsibilities. Graeme has been writing for Rail Engineer for the past ten years, generally looking at civil engineering projects and associated issues. He has a deep appreciation of the difficulties involved in building tunnels and viaducts through the 19th Century, a trait which is often reflected in his stories.

Latest Articles

Video: Conwy Valley recovery

The railway network has suffered the consequences of a very wet winter, with some sections of line closing for several weeks. In North Wales,...

Healing wounds

Before the advent of Xboxes and all-singing smartphones, kids signed up to a vivid, multi-sensory game accessed through a portal at the far end...

Pressure points

Doncaster punches above its weight. From some angles, it looks like a dozen other Yorkshire towns - Rotherham, Castleford, Pontefract - but its position...

Video: West Yorkshire stations

The £20 million southern entrance to Leeds Station has been officially opened, serving new residential and commercial developments alongside the River Aire. It’s expected...

HS2 Leeds – Closer connection

For those of us afflicted by a get-on-with-it culture and a lifestyle built on thrift, there is something rather uncomfortable about HS2. Back in...

Video: Apperley Bridge Station formal opening

Apperley Bridge Station - on the line between Leeds and Bradford Forster Square - has been formally opened, five days after the introduction of...

Video: Farnworth Tunnel

Work is being driven forward on the reboring of Farnworth Up Tunnel, on the commuter route between Manchester and Bolton, which is being enlarged...

Video: Mobile Maintenance Train

Eight Mobile Maintenance Trains (MMT) will be entering service over the next 12 months, based at locations in the East Midlands, on the East...

Trouble causer – The story of Bowshank Tunnel

At our fingertips is the power to communicate. Videos. Photos. Eulogies. Rants. There is no escape from it; an addictive chatter that’s pushed through...

Video: Birmingham New Street redevelopment

The redeveloped station at Birmingham New Street will be unveiled on 20th September, a notable landmark in a challenging construction programme that got underway...

Fine upstanding member

Have you ever pressed pause on your daily routine to consider how wonderfully rich the network is in terms of civil engineering? The scale...

The train now arriving

Yorkshire is a county blessed with many great things, not least wrinkled stockings and the Chuckle Brothers. It also enjoys some uniquely characterful place...

Video: IMechE Railway Challenge 2015

Transport for London won the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ annual Railway Challenge on 28 June 2015, the first team to retain the trophy. The competition...

What we need is…

How much of our railway network would exist if its Victorian pioneers had been obliged to engage with focus groups and ponderous consultation processes?...

Boring, boring, boring

Hogging the limelight is something Crossrail is very good at. And so it should be: successfully threading a new railway through the capital’s subterranean...

Scarborough Bridge – Monte Carlo or bust

It was a very ordinary structure, comprising two spans across the Ouse to the north of York Station. Its replacement, installed over the February...