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Join railway and history nerds Simon & Ela as they delve into the social, political and technical history of the railways of Britain

November 8, 2021

Rails to Nowhere: an Update

We're still here working in the background but Rails to Nowhere has been more work that expected so we're changing, we'll be producing slightly fewer episodes per year but this will allow us to maintain the quality of the episodes while we both balance the podcast with our dissertation.

September 19, 2021

Rails to Nowhere: Episode2 - The APT (part 1)

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This month Ela has been in charge of the research for our episode and they have against all the odds of missing documents and holes in the literature produced a fantastic first look at this facinating train. 
 
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Research for this episode was carried out using a number of sources including parts of the National Railway Museum library collection and the national archive. Below are the principle texts used to research this episode.
 
Bibliography
British Transport Films, Belief in the Future, 1976, British Film Institute
Clough, David N., APT: The Untold Story, First published (Surrey: Ian Allan Publishing, 2016)
Connor, Piers, ‘Basic Railway Signalling’ (Railway Technical Website, 2017) <http://www.railway-technical.com/signalling/infopaper-6-basic-railway.pdf> [accessed 18 August 2021]
‘French Set New Rail Speed Record’, 3 April 2007 <http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/6521295.stm> [accessed 12 August 2021]
Igarashi’, T, T Sato’, Y Harima’, and T Uchimura, ‘Digital Automatic Train Control System for the Shinkansen Lines of East Japan Railway Company’, Computers in Railways VIII, 10
‘Japan’s Maglev Train Breaks World Speed Record with 600km/h Test Run’, The Guardian, 2015 <http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/21/japans-maglev-train-notches-up-new-world-speed-record-in-test-run> [accessed 12 August 2021]
Nock, O. S., Two Miles a Minute: The Story behind the Conception and Operation of Britain’s High Speed and Advanced Passenger Trains (Cambridge, Eng: P. Stephens, 1980)
Williams, L. H, APT, a Promise Unfulfilled (London: I. Allen, 1985)
August 26, 2021

Bonus Episode 1: Eric Geddes

Welcome to the first bonus episode of Rails to Nowhere where Simon and Ela are discusing the man behind the Railway Act 1921. Ordinarly a Patreon only feature this months bonus episode is coming to the public feed as well to give you a taste of what you can get as a thank you for joining our patreon.

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Research for this episode was carried out using a number of sources including parts of the National Railway Museum library collection. Below are the principle texts used to research this episode.

 

Bibliography

Acworth, W. M. 1920. Historical Sketch of State Railway Ownership. London: John Murry.

Bagwell, Philip, and Peter Lyth. 2002. Transport in Britain 1750-2000: From Canal Lock to Gridlock. London: Hambledon & London.

Barker, Theo, and Dorian Gerhold. 1993. The Rise and Rise of Road Transport, 1700-1990. London: Studies in Economic and Social History.

Bonavia, M. R., and T. C. Barker. 1978. Railway Policy Between the Wars. London: City of London Polytechnic.

Cline, Peter K. 1974. “Eric Geddes and the 'Experiment' with Businessmen in Government, 1915-1922.” In Essays in Anti-Labour History: Responses to the Rise of Labour in Britain, edited by Kenneth D. Brown, 74-104. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Emil Davies, A. 1908. The Nationalization of Railways. London: Adam and Charles Black.

Grieves, Keith. 1989. Sir Eric Geddes: Business and Government in War and Peace. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Hylton, Stuart. 2016. What the Railways did for us. Stroud: Amberley.

Phillips, Christopher. Civilian Specialists at War: Britain's Transport Experts and the First World War. London, University of London Press, 2020.

Robbins, Michael. 1998. The Railway Age. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Webb, Simon. 2016. Commutters: The History of a British Way of Life. Barnsley: Pen & Sword.

August 15, 2021

Episode 1: The Railway Act 1921

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In this episode of Rails to Nowhere, join Simon and Ela as they take a deep dive into the Railway Act 1921, the context around it and the potential learning points we can take away and apply to the modern age.

 

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Music: ‘Koala’ David Cutter Music - www.davidcuttermusic.com

 

Research for this episode was carried out using a number of sources including parts of the National Railway Museum library collection. Below are the principle texts used to research this episode.

 

Bibliography

Acworth, W. M. 1920. Historical Sketch of State Railway Ownership. London: John Murry.

Bagwell, Philip, and Peter Lyth. 2002. Transport in Britain 1750-2000: From Canal Lock to Gridlock. London: Hambledon & London.

Barker, Theo, and Dorian Gerhold. 1993. The Rise and Rise of Road Transport, 1700-1990. London: Studies in Economic and Social History.

Cline, Peter K. 1974. “Eric Geddes and the 'Experiment' with Businessmen in Government, 1915-1922.” In Essays in Anti-Labour History: Responses to the Rise of Labour in Britain, edited by Kenneth D. Brown, 74-104. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Emil Davies, A. 1908. The Nationalization of Railways. London: Adam and Charles Black.

Grieves, Keith. 1989. Sir Eric Geddes: Business and Government in War and Peace. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Hylton, Stuart. 2016. What the Railways did for us. Stroud: Amberley.

Phillips, Christopher. Civilian Specialists at War: Britain's Transport Experts and the First World War. London, University of London Press, 2020.

Robbins, Michael. 1998. The Railway Age. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Webb, Simon. 2016. Commutters: The History of a British Way of Life. Barnsley: Pen & Sword.