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: National Records Centre

One of York’s most anonymous buildings houses the railway’s engineering memory - an archive of around nine million records dating back to the 17th...

Video: Torksey Viaduct reopens

A new footpath has been officially opened across Torksey Viaduct, bringing function to a structure that has been quietly rusting since the railway it...

Farnworth Tunnel – Once in a lifetime

Unique is an overused word and it’s often applied erroneously. Whilst all rail projects are different - due to the location and scheme design...

Video: Flying Scotsman returns

Painstakingly overhauled and repainted in BR livery, Flying Scotsman has returned to its former stamping ground on the East Coast Main Line with a...

Muck – a very moving experience

It must be a heart-in-the-mouth moment - that instant transition from mundanity to disbelief as you drive your train around a curve to find...

Video: Cheshire viaduct repairs

New drainage systems are being installed on two Grade II listed viaducts as part of a £17 million investment on the West Coast Main...

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...