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What is on this site...

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 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.

Updated 4 June
New section added under milestones to start covering south west London.

Updated 8 May
New section added to London's Parish Boundary Markers covering Outer London, south of the Thames. Early days though.

Blogitems

Mike Horne's Blog Updated 24 September
Battersea Power Station has not fared well since closure. It has sat for 33 years, deteriorating majestically before our eyes as those those with the power to stop things do battle with those who are expected to pay for things, during which time that which it was hoped to save was very nearly lost, and maybe in reality has been. As the real chimneys come down to be replaced by replicas, the situation is reviewed.

Mike Horne's Blog Updated 17 September
Time spent investigating the local area has caused several visits to Chessington South and some bits of railway built but not opened. After some investigation, findings in the blog.

Mike Horne's Blog Updated 14 September
A journey by Virgin East Coast trains took an interesting and, on the whole, unimpressive turn, and again on the way back. Don't think the managers are able to get a grip on handling passengers during this type of incident, as I demonstrate from the statistics.

Mike Horne's Blog Updated 3 September
Various Underground stations are (or have been) named after London streets. This blog looks at the strange case of High Street Kensington and notes some other curiousities in passing.

Mike Horne's Blog Updated 29 August
The Croxley Rail Link project has been around for decades. One might wonder why so much fuss about a link that doesn't seem to offer much and disadvantages some. The route has been walked and the blog includes various photos looking at the existing derelict alignment - a line closed for 20 years and not much missed.

Mike Horne's Blog Updated 17 August
An attempt to make a simple rail journey drew attention to the peculiar (and unhelful) way Thameslink's Wimbledon loop trains are styled, for some reason timetables insist they are Sutton-only. The blog speculates as to why this might be and looks at a couple of other loop services to discover something even more odd.

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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