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On this site you will find a few published (but little known) works that that haven't seen the light of day in formal print. These may or may not have been updated, so please just take them 'as is'.

You will also find some articles or books that have been started but remain incomplete; again, to be taken 'as is'. There is also some information about various books of mine, plus additions and corrections.

Please regard all this very much as 'Work in Progress'; it is all liable to frequent adjustment and updating.

You are welcome to view the documents and provided you acknowledge the source you may use the information in accordance with normal copyright conditions. The documents themselves may not be printed or downloaded.

What's new?

I have added some blocks below to advise of specific updates I make. There will usually be the last five on display. I hope this is helpful. I have now added another block (in yellow) indicating what is new on my blog.

Webitems

Updated 28 November
Have begun sorting out and adding milestones to section south of the Thames (SW London). Complete nightmare and progress slow, but we will persist. The milestones are there, but making sense of the routes is more complex than in the north.

Updated 17 September
An additional page added to London's power supply section giving a potted history of electricity supply in the London area.

Updated 16 September
The three indexes to London's parish boundary markers are now sortable by clicking on the relevant column headings.

Blogitems

Mike Horne's Blog Updated 1 October
Parts 2 and 3 of my blog series on the National Railway Museum (York) are now available. Part 2 describes the establishment of the new British Transport Museums at Clapham and Swindon (the latter, like York, railways-only). Part 3 describes how after they opened factors conspired to close Clapham and York and establish a new National Railway Museum, and the painful route by which this conclusion was reached.

Mike Horne's Blog Updated 10 August
A recent visit to the National Railway Museum at York gave rise to a number of thoughts about the nature of the material being displayed and whether the museum reasonably educates visitors about the development of our great railway industry. In turn it occurred to me that the reasons for the museum's existence at York might not be very well known and it might be useful to offer some background information. The story will be told in four parts, and this note indicates that Parts 1 and 2 have been posted so far.

Mike Horne's Blog Updated 4 June
The election has brought forth proposals to 'nationalize' Britains railways. Time for some observations about this and a look at what happened last time.

Mike Horne's Blog Updated 16 May
On 19th May 2017 the class 121 'bubble car', a traditional diesel-mechanical multiple unit dating from 1960, is being withdrawn from the Aylesbury-Princes Risborough service. I went to have a look.

What's the photo?

It is the roof of the new part of King's Cross station. I quite like it. Let's face it, it has to be better than the squalid 1970's concourse area...

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Why Metadyne?

The metadyne is an intriguing type of electrical machine, akin to a rotating amplifier, and is particularly suited to heavy duty operation where constant voltage input needs to be converted into a constant current (but adjustable) output. The contrived name comes from the greek 'dynamis', meaning power. The machine had was found to be useful for certain types of drive mechanism, including gun turrets and cranes, and to a lesser extent, traction; under this name it was developed in the 1930s and 40s by Metropolitan Vickers and was a development of the earlier Amplidyne machine developed in America.

Whilst there are all kinds of stories I could offer you as to why it is relevant to this site, actually I was after a fairly ambiguous name and just liked it!


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