Alistair McWhirter
Senior Technical Manager
Public Transport Victoria
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Previously worked for:
For the first 20 years of my career I worked in British Rail, which was the authority for all heavy rail in the UK. Following privatization in 1994 the design group that I was part of was purchased by Westinghouse a rail signaling company in UK, who became Invensys Rail and are now owned by Siemens. After the sale to Siemens I retired after nearly 40 years and took up a position with Public Transport Victoria and have been here for 4 years.
Alistair McWhirter

An Incorporated Engineer and Fellow of the IRSE with 40+ years’ experience in railway signalling. Throughout my career I have been at the forefront of introducing new technology and in my early years I was the lead engineer for the production implementation of the first computer based interlocking in the UK called Solid State Interlocking (SSI) and supported the introduction of other computer based systems such as Radio Electronic Token Block (RETB) and Integrated Electronic Control Centre (IECC), all based in Scotland. 

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Business Case development, systems engineering and requirements management, contractor engagement and project implementation with a particular emphasis on technology projects.


Management of signalling design, supply and construction projects Management of signalling safety risk assessment Management of testing and commissioning activities Management of programmes using project planning packages (including Primavera) Working knowledge of conditions of contracts Good working knowledge of Microsoft and IOS applications Production of project safety strategies, safety plans and quality plans Production of signalling safety system specifications Production of signalling design, supply, construction and test specifications

Previous Projects

My main focus has been the introduction of High Capacity Signalling, supporting development of the Business Case, developing requirements for procurement, then supporting the procurement process and now kicking off the project.