Bevan, Richard 1953


Richard Bevan is a railway engineering consultant born on 13 March 1953 at Leigh, Lancashire. He was educated at Redruth Grammar School and then studied Physics with Electronics at Manchester University. After graduating in 1974 he worked at UMIST in the Control System Centre designing digital and analogue models for use in teaching post-graduate students the principles of advanced control techniques.

In 1978 he moved to GEC Traction at Trafford Park to initiate the design of microprocessor electronic systems. The first application of a microprocessor by GEC was used to replace the conventional relay and contactor logic on two Class 6E1 locomotives for South African Railways (SAR). With the success of these locomotives, he directed a team of engineers in the design of a standard range of microprocessor control electronics for both ac and dc traction systems. These included the Class 90 and 91 locomotives and Class 319 multiple units for British rail, and the Class 10E1 locomotives for SAR. As a consequence of these contracts, GEC Traction was conferred with the Queen's Award for Technological Achievement in the field of electronic railway propulsion equipment in 1989.

After the merger of GEC and Alsthom to form GEC Alsthom, he became Assistant Chief Engineer for the Systems Engineering Department in 1990 and embarked on the design of a train control and monitoring system (TCMS) for the 4000 series metro trains for Seoul. In 1995, after becoming the Design Cell Manager for the electronics production area in Trafford Park, he moved to Preston to join the standardisation team to aid production of the latest ac drive traction systems being supplied from the UK. In 1997 he moved into the tender engineering section, being responsible initially for the preliminary design on bidding projects in the USA and then the Far East. This enabled the first of many metro vehicle contracts for the French-Anglo company in China. Another notable success was the design for Melbourne Metro in Australia, which has resulted in many repeat orders.

With a further change of company name to Alstom and the moving of the metro business to Belgium, Richard moved to Interfleet Technology in Derby as a Principal Engineer, and is currently working on various projects in the UK and abroad, including some for Alstom. He is still regularly contacted for advice relating to past projects at Alstom.