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IMechE - Electrification on UK railways - Conception to Epitaph


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Electrification - Concept to Epitaph – Understanding the infrastructure for its entire existence. A talk by Chris Bryan: Contact Systems Engineer at Furrer+Frey GB

Date and Time

14 September 2017 - 17:30-19:30


Milton Keynes, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the UK - Thames&Chiltern:Bucks local network.

About this event

Overhead line design has been in development since the first tramway systems were installed in 1881 with many system variants coming and going during this time. History plays a huge part in understanding how to learn from mistakes and optimise our infrastructure.
As we look to the future, how can we innovate on this power distribution method to create a high-utilisation, low-maintenance, reliable asset?

Chris Bryan is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with more than 10 years’ experience in Overhead Line Electrification. Starting as a Year in Industry student at Network Rail, he now works for Furrer+Frey – the Swiss firm behind GEFF and Series 1 overhead line equipment installed on the Great Eastern and Great Western railways and the patent holders for the original rigid overhead conductor rail system.
Chris represents UK interests on pantograph-catenary interactions at a European level and has a particular enthusiasm for research and development of Overhead Line.


  • The Quadrant (MK9 2DG) Milton Keynes
    Room : F-G09/10
  • Arrivals and refreshments from 17:00

  • Talk starts at 17:30 and ends around 19:30

Reasons to attend

This a lecture organised by the Eastern Region of the IMechE.  Hear about the simulation tools that provided the knowledge for TGV to attain the conventional-wheeled train speed record of 357mph in 2007 and learn how these methods have advanced and now pave the way for new tools for designing, monitoring and controlling the OLE – from conception to epitaph.

Continuing Professional Development

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This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.

Additional information

Parking in the car park between The Quadrant (NR Office - MK9 1EN) and V6 Grafton Street costs £0.50 per hour by cash machines. Parking is free after 18:00.

Registration information

It will help the IMechE organisers if you will register for this event so that the organisers can advise Network Rail reception of names and numbers;


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