Graeme Bickerdike

SPECIALIST AREAS Tunnels and bridges, historic structures and construction techniques, railway safetyGraeme 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

And then there were 4

If you’d stood in the doorway of Lower Mainwood Farm at Ringway a century ago, the view ahead would have been green and agricultural....

Video report: Railway Paths

Insight into Railway Paths, the charity that looks after more than 650 disused railway structures with the intention of them hosting foot and cycle...

Video report: Mobile Flash Butt Welding

The increased efficiency and weld quality from Network Rail's mobile flash butt welding machines.

Over the edge

Clever technology is forever loosening humanity’s grip on mundane, repetitive, high-volume tasks. Immune to boredom, gadgets are ideally suited to this role, often providing...

Video: Progress report on the Borders Railway project

A progress report on the Borders Railway project which is reinstating 30 miles of the former Waverley line from Edinburgh to Tweedbank.

Amalfi in Lancashire

For civil engineering types who enjoy a busman’s holiday, the dramatic landscape of Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula offers much to enthuse about, having tested railway...

Video: Launch of London Midland’s new Class 350/3

A report on London Midland's official launch of its new Class 350/3 fleet which will progressively enter service over the next few weeks.

Nothing to commend them

Some people collect garden gnomes; others strap planks to their feet and throw themselves down mountainsides on a surface that provides no friction. I...

No place to hide

Sara, Emily and Jean Salt; Fred and Clara Potter. Ring any bells with you? Why would they? Except these five souls were taken by...

Striking the right chord

Here’s a big question: what’s the point of public transport? If you serve punters at the Tan Hill Inn (Britain’s highest pub) or kick a...

Space – The Final Frontier

Size really is everything nowadays when it comes to bulk freight movement. For evidence, look no further than the Maersk Triple E class, the latest...

The Standedge experience

Forget IEP, NET and HS2. Give ERTMS a miss. These high-gloss ventures might catch the eye but they have no soul, submerged in binary...

Bottle it!

We do things very differently nowadays. Mechanical and technological evolution - not to mention health and safety - has completely rewritten the railway engineering...

Tunnel vision

Something extraordinary is happening under London. Six mechanical navvies, bewildering in their efficiency, steer Crossrail’s tunnels through tangled subterranean history towards an end-point later...

Tales of the unexpected

The annual Foot in Mouth Award - yes, there really is such a thing - is bestowed on the public figure who utters the...

Video: Formal opening of Wakefield Westgate Station

Graeme Bickerdike reporting from the official opening of the new £8.1 million Wakefield Westgate Station.