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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 4 March
After many years of studied inactivity I have thoroughly revised my inventory of large scale District Railway maps and brought it up to date so far as I can. There are still some inconsistencies to sort out but even now it is much better than my 2012 offering. I have also put the main links in my District Railway pages (but left the original link as well).

Updated 2 March
To my District Railway pages I have added a new item about the District Railway monument and vault in Cloak Lane, with a bit more background than I had space for in my book.

Updated 18 February
My book 'A Century of Change' is now available to read online. See 'research - readable online'.

Updated 10 February
Another page added to my 'District Railway' pages, inspired by some bits I put together for a recent talk. This one is about the elusive District apostrophe that may (or may not) be used in certain place names. There is also another update of AFC article including a bit more on the Private Finance Initiative.

Updated 1 and 6 February
Further significant updates made to technical research paper on LT/Tfl rail and road automatic fare collection (now runs to 137 pages with major additions to 1970s bus AFC and Underground System 'C'.. Still work in progress though.

Updated 18 January
Significant updates made to technical research paper on LT/Tfl rail and road automatic fare collection (about 10% more added and various adjustments made). Still work in progress though. Further major update 20 January.

Updated 4 January
Increasingly frustrated by failures of drama production teams to get detail right for 20th century day-to-day stuff, I was minded to set out some examples of things that annoyed me because they were avoidable. Naturally the list grew. See under 'Other Stuff'.

Blogitems

Mike Horne's Blog Updated 20 March
The new automatic signalling is in use between Hammersmith and Latimer Road. I offer a brief report of my visit during its first week.

Mike Horne's Blog Updated 18 February
Some adjustments made to my blog item A Line to Nowhere about the Chessington branch, and a couple of helpful aerial photos added.

Mike Horne's Blog Updated 29 December
Following publication of the latest London Underground diagram I discuss the relative advantages and disadvantages of the latest innovation — the showing of interchanging involving a walk between station of under ten minutes, and about the hesitant history this has. That leads to some further observations about whether the 9-inch by 3-inch format, now overwhelmed by clutter, might not have reached the end of its life in this form and how some of it needs rethinking. It is not the 'icon' it was.

Mike Horne's Blog Updated 23 December
I have slightly revised my blog entry for 26 January 2013 about Gladstone's final railway journey (following his death) connected with his lying in state at Westminster and bringing his body to Westminster station by train. It was necessary to sort out which of two quite different locomotives actually drew the train.

Updated 21 December
Various minor changes made to my May 2013 blog item about escalators and inclined walkways. Links updated and two images added (including one of the inclined walkway at the Earls Court exhibition).

Mike Horne's Blog Updated 9 December
I have finally got around to publishing Part 5 of my blog about the story of the National Railway Museum at York. This one forms a review not just of the NRM but of two other transport museums, as a kind of compare and contrast. Nothing for a year then three come at once.

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...

Related resources?

There is the inevitable blog, which I try and keep topical but it get refreshed in fits and starts. It may be found here: Mike Horne Blog; this will open a new web page, or at least a new tab. Items currently topical, as well as the archive, are listed on my 'other stuff' pages. I can also be found at @machorne.

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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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