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Historic engineering talks in Tonbridge looks at the golden age of railways

PUBLISHED: 14:24 01 November 2016 | UPDATED: 14:24 01 November 2016

Watercolour showing a steam train passing by the site of construction work to widen the South Eastern Railways line at Sevenoaks, Kent.

Watercolour showing a steam train passing by the site of construction work to widen the South Eastern Railways line at Sevenoaks, Kent.

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Speaker Graham Birch was involved in the creation of the Channel Tunnel

A geologist with a lifetime’s experience of civil engineering projects around the world is to give a talk entitled Engineering the Railways of the South East.

The South Eastern Main Line, constructed in the 1840s, provided the docks of Dover and Folkestone with a vital link to London 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 in the Folkestone to Dover section.

Speaker Graham Birch was involved in the creation of the Channel Tunnel. His illustrated lecture will give an overview of the engineering of the line and the network in the south east during the golden age of railway building.

Tim Belcher-Whyte of Arcadis, Bridge Engineers to the Rochester Bridge Trust, commented: “For 40 years Mr Birch has been involved in the application of engineering geology to civil engineering projects around the world. His extensive knowledge and experience is sure to make this a very interesting talk.”

The lecture takes place on Thursday, November 17 at The Angel Centre, Tonbridge.

Refreshments will be offered from 6pm, with the lecture starting promptly at 6.30pm.

It is organised by Kent and East Sussex Heritage Engineering Group, which holds a range of events throughout the year.

For more information or to reserve your free place at this lecture email kesheg@gmail.com.

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