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This presentation will give an introduction to 507 Specialist Team Royal Engineers (Rail Infra), the rail industries sole Army Reserve unit and the British Army’s expeditionary railway warfare capability. It will highlight the history of the employment of railways in war by the Army and the Royal Engineers.
The presentation will reflect on the changes and development of the railway capability since deployment of 507 STRE in the 2003 Iraq War in order to face future threats through the units continuous improvement programme using its annual training exercises to innovate the military railway capability.
Officer Commanding 507 STRE (British Army) & Route Infrastructure Engineer, Buildings & Civils (Network Rail)
Major Alex Hamilton enlisted into the Territorial Army as part of 275 Railway Squadron RLC in 1998, later to commission in 2001 into the Royal Logistic Corps, holding several posts including OC before seeing the light in 2018 and rebadging to the Corps of Royal Engineers as Engineer Specialist for 507 STRE (Rly Infra), becoming Officer Commanding in 2020.
Alex’s civilian employment is as Route Infrastructure Engineer B&C, leading Civil Engineering asset management in Anglia and East Midlands routes within Eastern Region of Network Rail. He is married and has a three-year-old son.
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