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  • Tue, 7 Jul 2020, 18:00-19:00
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Tram Train as a concept started in Karlsruhe in the 1960s with the conversion of a failing commuter line to tramway operation and connecting it directly into the city’s street tramway.

The success of this line encouraged the city to look at further options for integrating the locally run tramway with the main line commuter services that were not performing well, but this time inter operating with main line trains on DB tracks. This was very successful and became known as the Karlsruhe model for Tram Trains which has since spread around Germany, France, Holland, Spain and beyond. This talk looks at these origins of Tram Train and examines the difference between a Tram and Tram Train and what changes are need to the track, stations and structures to enable the Sheffield to Rotherham Pilot to operate safely and the passengers’ perceptions of the new service.


For your chance to join this online event simply CLICK HERE  where you will be required to register your name and email address to retrieve your link to access the sessions portal on the given date and time.


Tim is a Chartered Engineer having worked in the railway industry for over 40 years before retiring. He worked in both track and structures design offices before moving into project engineering on major programmes such as Thameslink 2000 and the Southern Extension of the East London line as well some international work in Hong Kong, Poland and with light rail in Ireland. The final part of his career was at the DfT where he was their railway infrastructure expert advising ministers and sitting on several cross-industry committees. Here he undertook the initial research into tram trains in Germany and became the DfT’s technical lead on the Tram Train Pilot until his retirement at the end of 2014. Since retirement he has continued some involvement with light rail becoming a member of UK Tram’s Centre of Excellence and being the Urban Rail representative on 3 BSI Committees. Tim is a Tutor on the Engineering System modules of the IRO Degree and Diploma Courses.

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The IRO Membership Team

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Added on the website on July 7, 2020