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 blue) indicating what is new on my blog.


Updated 23 April
Parish boundary register (Parts 1-3) updated to latest information and the Parish and London Borough indexes improved and updated. Additions made to page about things that look like boundary marks but are not.

Updated 16 March
I have replaced the 'Contact Author' link with a new button that creates a 'Contact Me' form in a new window. I believe this will sort out an issue that can arise if a user has either no email client or an incompatible one. The new system is entirely web-based. It is a shame that such a security mechanism is required but if email addresses are directly placed within a website the consequences can result in excessive spam, or worse.

Updated 20 November
Further additions to Set 3 of my Parish Boundary Markers register, probably beginning to conclude the additions for this year as light fades and weather becomes less amenable for tramping the streets and taking photos. Winter will be spent researching what I have found and preparing for next year. Inner London pretty complete, so thoughts turning to how to tackle outer London, though several additions have made to emerging outer London area around Finchley (separate part of register which can be found HERE)

Updated 6 November
Website article on British Driving Licences rewritten and posted. You can see it HERE.


Mike Horne's Blog Updated 16 March
Fascinated by the improbably story connected with Crocker's Folly (a rather interesting building in St John's Wood, previously a highly-decorated pub) I have investigated the matter and find, as expected, it to be a crock of rubbish!

Mike Horne's Blog Updated 11 February
I have been following the proposals for unstaffed automatic trains and have added a new blog item reflecting the latest plan. In addition I draw attention to the way the DLR operates, where the roving staff arrangement (suggested by some as the way to operate the Underground) is found not to apply in rush hours as the crowds make such operation impossible (and the Underground would be far more challenging). I suspect those pushing for such operation are not frequent public transport users or they wouldn't make such far-fetched suggestions.

Mike Horne's Blog Updated 3 February
Another book review - this time a handy work devoted to the destruction of the British Transport Hotels chain, once owned by British Rail. With it, went a rather fine wine club. The book is, I am afraid, another depressing example of the dead hand of government, once more seizing a poor outcome from internal proposals to make a far more profitable sale as a going entity. The book was written by the man who ran the hotels at the time and provides a useful insight into how manipulative government officials were in the way our railways were run (but all was done at a sufficient distance to be able to say 'this was a British Rail decision...'.

Mike Horne's Blog Updated 29 January
A visit to Walthamstow made me wonder what is going on there, for traffic levels have shot up. No matter, train service improvements have been made, and further improvements are due which will see most, and perhaps all, trains serving Walthamstow, with no more peak Seven Sisters reversers. The blog also considers the proposals to intoroduce a 36 tph service on the Victoria Line and whay I am just a little dubious that this is possible at the Walthamstow end.

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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