Engineering the railways of the South East, Tonbridge

17 November, 2016 | 18:00 - 20:00

Construction of the Sevenoaks Tunnel.
Construction of the Sevenoaks Tunnel.

About this event

The South Eastern Main Line, constructed in the 1840s, provided the docks of Dover and Folkestone with a vital link to the capital and enabled economic expansion to progress in the south east. The line saw several major feats of engineering, including the Sevenoaks Tunnel and the viaducts and tunnels of the Folkestone to Dover Section. This illustrated lecture will give an overview of the engineering of the line and network in the south east from the golden age of railway building.

The talk with be given by Graham Birch BSc CEng FGS MIMMM, a geologist with 40 years' experience in the application of engineering geology and geomorphology to civil engineering projects around the world. He was involved in another major rail expansion in the south east – the channel tunnel. He joined Network Rail in 2000 at Waterloo taking responsibility for the region's earthworks.

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