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Celebrating more than a century of rail

By the 1890s, Southern Pacific Railroad had laid 8,000 miles of rail track in America from Portland, Oregon, south to Guaymas, Mexico, and from San Francisco, California east to Ogden, Utah, and south to New Orleans, Louisiana. Now, a host of smaller carriers were adding shorter branch lines to reach more remote regions, including the open plains of Oklahoma Territory.

W. A. Bechtel became part of the migration to Oklahoma, operating the mule-drawn sled used in railroad grading work. In the summer of 1898 he became a gang foreman for Southern Pacific. Shortly after, he was offered a job in Wadsworth, Nevada, determining cross sections for the Southern Pacific Engineering Department, thus beginning Bechtel's long history in rail.

Bechtel has worked on more than 300 rail and rail-related projects

We are experienced in delivering rail projects to deadline to support major events, such as the Athens Metro for the 2004 Olympics and the Jubilee Line extension for the Millennium. 

We have also pioneered working in integrated delivery teams with the client on rail jobs, like we are doing with Network Rail on the Reading Station Area Redevelopment programme and on Crossrail.  

Metro and light rail

High speed rail and commuter rail

  • Cross Country Route Modernisation, UK
  • Crossrail and Reading, UK 
  • Eurotunnel, England to France
  • High Speed 1, UK
  • Hong Kong Airport Core Programme  
  • Incheon International Airport Railroad, Republic of Korea
  • Korea High Speed Rail, Korea
  • Program/Amtrak High Speed Train Sets, Washington, DC to Boston
  • Thameslink 2000, UK
  • West Coast Route Modernisation, UK
  • West Rail, Hong Kong, Northeast Corridor Improvement






Learn more about our rail projects