This is the homepage of Mike Horne, writer and researcher
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.
I have added some blocks below to advise of specific updates I make. There will usually be the last four on display. I hope this is helpful. I have now added another block (in blue) indicating something new on my blog.
Updated 25 July and 30 July
Have begun to add an inventory of my blog posts on the 'Other Stuff' page. Work in progress, and not a priority, but will list all in fullness of time. Parish boundary article entries for Kensal Green Cemetery revisited in light of additional information.
Updated 19 August
New Parish Boundary Markers added to inventory (Part II). South London parish map updated with detached parts added.
Updated 20 August
My Modern Railways article on the London mayor's driverless trains proposal and issues it raises has been made available from my Rail Index page.
Updated 25 August
Lots of new parish boundary markers added to Part II. I am making good progress in dealing with South London. Finding more than I expected. They are usually different from north London ones too, which is quite interesting.
Updated 21 September
Yet more Parish Boundary Markers added to inventory (Part II).
Updated 29 September, 10
October, 28 October and 31 October
Substantial number of new boundary markers added to my list, Part II and a few more subsequently. 590 boundaries inspected now, including an unusual county boundary marker. Light getting difficult to do much more for now, but only parts of SE London left, and Putney Heath.
Mike Horne's Blog Updated 14
The London General Omnibus Company was so big that during the First World War it populated an entire division of the Metropolitan Special Constabulary, set up to help the regular police cope during the emergency.
Mike Horne's Blog Updated 31
November 1913 and 1963. The second of my monthly blogs on things a centenary or so back. I really need a more catchy name. I still wonder if I can keep this up?
Mike Horne's Blog Updated 2
Some photos added to Escalators Blog (first published in May but much updated). Photos follow visit to Acton Museum depot when remains of the spiral elevator were photographed.
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...
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 include driverless underground trains and the new bus for London. I can also be found at @machorne.
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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!