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UK Railway Electrification


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UK Railway Electrification

Date and Time

12 June 2018 - 19:30-21:30


Aylesbury, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the UK - Thames&Chiltern:Bucks local network. Contact Andrew Dodd : 07801 459471 or andrew.dodd@theiet.org for more information.

About this event

Creating a high-capacity, low-maintenance, reliable power distribution system, not reliant on diesel, is a key challenge for UK rail infrastructure.  This challenge is compounded by the hangover from the unrealistic financial expectations of previous electrification projects.

Overhead line design has a long history, dating back to the first tramway systems installed in 1881; since then, there have been many developments, with system designs passing in and out of fashion.

This long history has provided opportunities to learn from past mistakes; and recreate them… such as the withdrawal of funds midway through a partially complete project.  This talk will discuss new tools for designing, monitoring and controlling overhead line and how recent political developments are impacting future UK Railway Electrification projects.

Chris Bryan is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with over 10 years' experience in overhead electrification systems.  His career began with a pivotal role in the design development of the UK's newest electrification system – Series 1.
In 2013, Chris won the IMechE Railway Presentation Competition before joining the Western Asset Management team and oversaw the line testing of this novel equipment using Hitachi's Class 395 and Class 800 units at Old Dalby Test Track.
Chris now works as the Contact Systems Engineer for Furrer+Frey GB and represents UK interests on pantograph-catenary interactions at a European level.  He has a particular enthusiasm for research and development of overhead line, acting as the industrial supervisor for academic studies at the Universities of Oxford and Sheffield.


  • Doors open 7 pm
  • Light refreshments
  • Talk starts 7.30 pm
  • Talk finishes by 9.30 pm

Reasons to attend

  • Chris Bryan (CEng MIMechE) will look to the past for lessons that can be applied to current, and future, rail electrification projects

Continuing Professional Development

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Additional information

  • Getting to the venue:

    Take the A41 out of Aylesbury towards Tring. Approximately 200m after leaving the outskirts of Aylesbury, turn right into New Road.  Signposted Weston Turville : Golf Club : Hotel.
    There is a 'Holiday Inn' sign on the corner of New Road.
    The entrance to The Holiday Inn is 50m on your left. SatNav: HP22 5QT
    Reasonable amount of free off-road car parking.

Registration information

  • Registration is essential


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