Railways for Everbody(new)
Railways for Everybody (new)
THL Mondays 1000-1130 fortnightly from 7 October
Please note that all members wanting to attend this course must apply using the green form.
Having looked at the beginnings of railways, examples of Railway Preservation and local timetables, presented by the three conveners, we have planned 5 sessions with group members introducing a range of new topics.
Members will be encouraged to start short discussions on their own chosen topics. Already suggested are: HS2, nationalisation and the future of railways – nationally and locally. Other ideas are welcome – contact the conveners.
Week 1 (7th Oct) Origin and development of signalling and train control systems - Tony Wheeler
We will first examine developments in traditional railway signalling and control. The principles and application of Communication Based Control systems will then be examined along with some of the key technological trends based on computer, communication and control technologies.
Week 2 (21st Oct) High speed railway technologies - Tony Wheeler
We will review the range of technologies which are being introduced or are under development for high speed railways. This will consider not only conventional wheel/rail tracked systems but Maglev, pneumatic and vacuum systems.
Week 3 (4th Nov) Social history of railways – Patrick Collinson
The railways brought and still bring huge changes to urban, industrial and rural communities. We will look at some of these changes in terms of the daily life and attitudes of the people of Britain.
Week 4 (18th Nov) Army Railways – Robin Thorne
A brief survey of Army Railways starting with the First World war then moving on to the leaner years between wars and then concentrating on the Longmoor Military Railway, WW2 and Egypt with the final demise in the 1960 - era when the use for our army changed to a Middle East small scale intervener.
Week 5 (2nd Dec) Public art on the railways. – Andrew Buxton
There are lots of artworks to be seen in railway stations, ranging from well-known statues such as the Meeting Place and John Betjeman at St Pancras through murals at Brixton and Woolwich Arsenal to Art Deco features at Philadelphia Suburban Station. This talk will look at some examples and how they relate to railway history.