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Spotlight on Infrastructure
An interview with another key member of our
infrastructure team, Principal Engineer John Sinclair, who joined
the company in September 2000. Most recently an independent rail technology
consultant, John has more than 25 years' experience, encompassing
virtually every aspect of railway engineering.
What does your role at Interfleet involve?
Working with our Principal Infrastructure
Engineer John Rastall, my remit is to further enhance Interfleet's
infrastructure-related business by providing consultancy services
on track technology and wheel/rail interaction, as part of Interfleet's
Tell us a bit about your background…
Having gained a degree in mechanical engineering
from Imperial College, London, I started my career in 1974 as an Engineer
with Rolls Royce, prior to joining the former British Rail Research
organisation in 1977. I worked with BR Research (now AEA Technology
Rail) on a range of projects on wheel/rail interaction and structural
assessment of rolling stock, signalling and track components before
becoming self-employed as an independent rail technology consultant
You have particularly wide-ranging experience
in the field of track technologies?
Yes, my experience encompasses many different
areas, including track asset management and the wheel/rail interface,
in particular for London Underground, where I was involved in developing
management processes to reduce the incidence of broken rails and also
reduce noise & vibration problems. I also have experience of stress
analysis, fracture-mechanics, business case modelling and risk assessment
techniques, together with development of European CEN standards.
What are some of the key projects that
you're currently undertaking?
My expertise in rail failure management has
been employed to assist with the track aspects arising from the recent
derailment incidents, demonstrating how Interfleet's Total Rail Systems
team can assist with interface issues. The team's extensive engineering
skills can also be applied to solve a wide variety of infrastructure
and vehicle/track interaction problems.
And when you're not busy working for
My interests include vernacular architecture
and keeping my old house in good condition. I also enjoy playing fantasy
football and cricket - perhaps we should start a rail industry league
for our clients!
John Sinclair- thank you very much!