Public Speaking

Christian Wolmar is a regular speaker at conferences, meetings and seminars both in the UK and abroad on transport and, specifically, rail matters. He often speaks at conferences on the latest development in the rail and transport industries and gives lectures on all his rail history books

Christian gives around 30 talks per year and has spoken all around the country, as well as in Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, France, the United States and Australia where he has twice been invited to provide his expertise. He has given two lectures at the Royal Geographic Society and his most recent book is The Great Railroad Revolution, a history of American railways.

If you are interested in inviting Christian to speak, please use the form on the Contact page. His fee varies according to the type of organisation and event, though of course he will speak free at charity events. He has illustrated Powerpoint talks on five of his books, which are very suitable for entertaining after dinner speaking or presentations:

  • Subterranean Railway, on the history of the London Underground
  • Fire and Steam, on the history of Britain’s railways
  • Blood, Iron and Gold, on how the railways changed the world
  • Engines of War, on how wars were won and lost on the railways
  • The Great Railway Revolution, the epic tale of American railroads


Speech to the Royal Geographic Society

(Picture of Christian’s speech to the Royal Geographic Society on January 12 2006 on the Subterranean Railway. Proceeds from the event were given to the Railway Children.
Photo by Robert Lampard.)


“That great authority on the privatisation of the railways, Christian Wolmar, made it clear in his superb book Broken Rails that he regarded the privatisation of the railways as being criminally irresponsible”

William Keegan, The Observer

“I just wanted to thank you for all your effort as chair of the Transport conference yesterday. Many other members of GovNet staff noted how well you handled proceedings, especially during some difficult questions from delegates.”

Jay Patel, Programme Manager, Govnet Events


Public Speaking Engagements

  • Fire and Steam

    Mon 10 Nov 2014 at 09:30 – 12:36 at Mycenae House 90 Mycenae Rd, London SE3 7SE

  • Engines of War

    Thu 13 Nov 2014 at 19:00 – 21:00 at Model Railway Society King's Cross


Past Speaking Engagements


Archived Speaking Engagements

Forthcoming Events

10 November
Fire and Steam

13 November
Engines of War

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