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The Welsh Highland Railway Bridges FREE
A lecture by John Sreeves. The spectacularly scenic Welsh Highland Railway (WHR) closed in 1937 after only fourteen years of operation. However the trackbed and many structures remained intact with the tantalising prospect of eventual reopening. Nature took its toll but 74 years later the dream was achieved.
This lecture tells the story of how the infrastructure was restored after these many years of neglect. The speaker is an Associate Director of the Halcrow Group Ltd with 25 years experience in transport infrastructure. He is also a WHR volunteer and helped design the replacement bridges. He has also been involved in much other work on railway restoration projects.
Everybody's welcome to this Newcomen Society event. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month (October to April) in the Thinktank Theatre, which is on level 2 in Thinktank, the Birmingham Science Museum at Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham B4 7XG. Doors open at 6.30pm for the meetings at 7pm. There is a pay-bar which may be serving snacks and drinks in the building before the meeting. Visitors are welcome and admission is free.
Please note that there are currently street closures in the vicinity of Millennium Point. The new Millennium Point multi-storey car park, operated by Birmingham City Council, is accessed from Jennens Road. Pedestrians from the City Centre should also approach via the Jennens Road entrance.