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Succeeding Mr Spagnoletti; 150 years of electricity in the service of transport in London Lecture

Kevin Payne

From: Succeeding Mr Spagnoletti;150 years of electricity in the service of transport in London Lecture, 12 June 2013, IET Savoy Place London, UK

12 June 2013  Transport channel

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About the presentation

Kevin Payne takes a look back over the past 150 years, asking how the development of electrical and electronic technology has contributed to today's London transport system.

A review of how the development of electrical and electronic technology has contributed to transport in London, and helped shape the city, over the past 150 years. The main focus is on The Underground, but main line railways, buses, trams, cars, lorries and bicycles were also discussed. Key messages are about the use of electrical technology from the very day of opening of the first line of The Underground, the large proportion of the enabling technology that was in place before WW1 and how much of that pre-WW1 technology was drawn from Europe and the USA.

About the speaker

Head of Power, Communications and Cooling at the London Underground.

Joining the rail industry in 1976 and he has worked on most of the direct current railway electrification systems in the UK; he has strong interest in the history of technology, and is a member of the Newcomen Society as well as of the IET.

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