Full of very useful information and very well presented. It would be churlish indeed to criticise the production values, but if you are going to interview someone in a noisy location, as is done at the start of the video, please either use a tight shot so you can get a microphone in close; or have both interviewer and interviewee wear personal microphones. Geoff was wearing the mic and his audio was fine, whereas the interviewee, Jonathan Cooper, was not and his voice was much lower in level and was struggling a little against the background noise. It is a tiny fault to gripe about, but Geoff's videos are usually so damn good that a minor fault such as this stands out...especially to a retired sound recordist such as me, who hears much worse perpetrated on broadcast television, thanks to the emasculation of the unions...blah blah, rant rant, moan groan drone.
It's the first I have heard of it. Does anyone have more details?
It was shown many years ago on 'Tomorrows World.' But like most inventions in this country, the narrow sited bean counters dropped it. But-now China and i think Japan have high speed trains.
Think of a generator/motor with the coil laid out flat, and the rotor as a flat plate.The plate would move relative to the coil. Now invert the idea, the plate(track) is inverted as a fixed item, and the coil(s) are built into the frame of the train............
So presumably some coils are for levitation and others for propulsion and braking. And I imagine there will be stand by wheels for unexpected power loss. Power transmitted to the train through induction from the track?
I'm wondering if it could possibly refer to a lever pulled in a signal cabin to switch it out; in other words to by pass the cabin and to make it one signal section between the two cabins on either side. I have a vague recollection of King Levers connected with this, but my memory is not good!
I'm not certain, but I don't think people in those days were amenable to the later notion of the Beckhams in naming their children after the district in which they were conceived, although when we reach 2062 & the 1961 census is available, we may find out something different.
One step forward anyone with the first name of Scratchwood.
I have a vague memory that the first incarnation of electrification on this line was at a lower voltage than what is usual now, as the engineers were worried about the clearance of the OHL at over bridges. Can better informed people confirm?
London Tilbury & Southend Railway for me! Apart from spending my early working life commuting on this line, I can remember on the evening of the withdrawal of steam locomotives the sound of whistles coming from Southend Central - the drivers must have been marking the occasion. I also believe that Joe Brown was once a fireman based at Plaistow shed.