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 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.

Updated 12 October
Addition of last of several updates to Parish Boundary register, with new Parish and Borough Lists including all 800 or so boundary marks identified

Updated 25 August
Further updates to Parish Boundary Markers, and after further research a small number have been removed from the inventory and relocated with 'Other Markers'. A few other minor errors identified and corrected.

Updated 10 August
Additions made to 'Other Markers' page, including lots of new bollards. Page also completely reorganized. Various other improvements made, including more pages opening in new window when button pressed (more will be added shortly).


Mike Horne's Blog Updated 18 January
Tottenham Court Road station has been looking increasingly disreputable, as intended mid-1990s reconstruction slipped because of Crossrail uncertainty. It now has a brand new entrance and ticket hall (opened on 12th January) and work on the rest of the station is at last in hand. I thought it time to put something down about its history and development.

Mike Horne's Blog Updated 7 January
Covered here are important events affecting the Underground a hundred years ago in 1915. The main event was the extension of the Bakerloo Line to Queens Park and Willesden follwing an agreement with the London & North Western Railway. Other items covered are closure of two power stations, removal of some early hydraulic lifts and the pooling scheme that helped make the Underground more of a network.

Mike Horne's Blog Updated 28 December
Governments are not perfect, but when they get it wrong it can be done on a grand scale that can cost tens or hundreds of billions of pounds (of our money). How can this happen and why are those responsible only rarely held to account? I review a thought-provoking book which seems to have identified the answers, and I couldn't put it down. Read the blog for details, but I think everyone should read the book.

Mike Horne's Blog Updated 28 December
Once the Underground core network was completed in 1907 it was sixty years before a new tube was built. In the meantime effort went into improving and extending the existing network. What was built and where depended only partly on where improvements were needed and was much more about how money would be raised at a time when the government felt it wasn't its job. This is the first of a series that seeks to explain how all this actually worked and. thus, why we have the system we have.

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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