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Designing a water-balanced railway

Women builders

Local suppliers and labour were used to build the water-balanced railway.

Are you surprised if you see a woman working on a building site? In many parts of the world, including the UK, the building trade has been dominated by male workers for a very long time.

This is not the case at CAT, where the magnificent upper station was largely built by women. The station's construction was managed by Cindy Harris, who had been a builder at CAT for six years when she took on the task. Four other women also worked on the project, overcoming some early problems of integrating with the men working on the site.

Despite their success, the women still think that it's hard to be accepted as builders. 'A lone woman can be seen as a token woman, but you have to be the first to attract more,' says Cindy.

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