Early Main Line Railways Conferences
SECOND INTERNATIONAL EARLY MAIN LINE RAILWAYS CONFERENCE
National Railway Museum, York, England.
21st – 24th June 2018
The second International Conference on Early Main Line Railways has just happened! It took place between Thursday 21st and Sunday 24th June 2018 at the National Railway Museum, York, England.
The next conference is expected to be in 2021 and will be a joint one with the Early Railways Conference and will be known as Early Railways Conference 7, but will span the combined periods of the two previous sets of conferences.
Here is a list of papers which were presented in York. It is hoped to have news later in the year regarding the publication of the conference papers.
|Thursday 21 June|
|19.00-21.00||Andy Savage||The work of the Railway Heritage Trust|
|Friday 22 June|
|09.30-10.50||David Hodgkins||Railway directors – who they were and what they did|
|Peter Northover||Consultants in planning and specifying early mainline railways|
|11.20-12.40||Neil Clarke||Wellington businessmen and the railway|
|Gion Caprez||Early history of Swiss South Eastern Railway|
|13.50-15.10||Ron Cox/Dermot O’Dwyer||Dublin-Belfast main line, 1837-1857|
|Andrew Odlyzko||Dionysius Lardner, the denigrated sage of early railways|
|15.40-16.20||John New||Railways to Portsmouth|
|19.00-23.00||North York Moors Railway excursion|
|Saturday 23 June|
|09.30-10.50||Ivor Lewis||Science and the early main line railway|
|Stephen Murfitt||The English patent system and early main line railway technology|
|11.20-12.40||Poul Thestrup||The locomotive export to Europe 1836-54 from Sharp Roberts & Co, Manchester (Sharp Brothers)|
|David Parry||Brymbo and the creation of the North Wales Mineral Railway|
|13.50-15.10||Erica Mukherjee||The East Indian Railway and the Bengali environment|
|Jim Longworth||Early Australian Mainline Railways and Mutually Beneficial Exchange|
|15.40-17.00||Ann Austin||The literacy rate and the arrival of railways|
|Dieter Hopkin||The work of artist Samuel Russell – documenting the railway in print|
|Sunday 24 June|
|09.30-10.50||David Gwyn||‘Many shall go about’ – L&M Railway opening|
|John Minnis/Philip Brown||Following the tracks of Architects, Engineers and Contractors: a reappraisal of aspects of 19th century railway architecture|
|11.20-12.40||Stephen K. Jones||Rise and Fall: steam and the suspension bridge|
|Mike Chrimes||The safest pair of hands: Joseph Locke, 1824-1839|
1st International Early Main Line Railways Conference
This successful conference was held at the Galeri, Caernarfon, North Wales from 19th to 22nd June 2014.
Building on the success of the International Early Railways Conference series, the conference diversified to accommodate the interests of historians pursuing the origin and development of mainline railways between 1830 and c1870. This reflects the all-important years when railways first developed routes and networks and became major contributors to economic growth around the world, made possible by rapid advancements in civil and mechanical engineering techniques.
Caernarfon is a World Heritage Site centred on one of the classic Welsh medieval castles. The Welsh Highland Railway starts from the town, connecting with the Ffestiniog Railway to form a 40-mile route of narrow-gauge steam through stunning countryside (//www.festrail.co.uk/). Close to Caernarfon are many historic sites of industry, including Robert Stephenson’s Menai Straits bridge.
Instead of a formal conference dinner on the Friday night, a chartered trip was arranged on the narrow gauge Welsh Highland steam railway between Caernarfon and Beddgelert, with a traditional supper served on board.
On Sunday afternoon, 22 June, at the conclusion of the conference an optional excursion was made to see the Menai Straits and Stephenson’s Britannia bridge and Telford’s Menai bridge. This tour was arranged by members of the Menai Bridge Community Heritage Trust.
This first conference attracted papers from authors studying the history of railways around the world, including the United Kingdom. They covered subjects related to economic, political, social and cultural progress, and to business incentive and practice, as well as developments in structural, architectural and building techniques and practice, and material progress.
Mark Casson Railway promotion in Victorian Britain: engineering triumph or waste of capital?
Grahame Boyes Early progress towards common standards for Britain’s railways
Elizabeth Cavicchi Early explorations in electromagnetic traction by rail
Ronald Cox & Dermot O’Dwyer The Dublin-Galway main line 1845-1851
Peter Cross-Rudkin Contractors’ lines: a system of tampering and jobbery?
Sylvester Damus The Central Argentine Railway from inception to maturity, 1854-1884
Brian Dotson & Derek Cobby The London & Dublin Railway: surveys and parliamentary influences
Robert F. Hartley The Architecture of Early Main Line Railways in Britain
David Hodgkins George Carr Glyn, monopoly and competition
Stephen K. Jones & Stuart Cole Railways, the new professionals and the sinews of war
Ian J. Kerr The early main line railway: the utility of the concept for the history of railways in India
Robert Lee So little population, so much diversity: Australia’s first three main line railways
Ivor Lewis The development of drawing office management within main line railway workshops
Herb MacDonald & Robert Tennant The Intercolonial Railway idea in British North America
Erica Mukherjee Managing technology transfer: land acquisition for the East Indian Railway, 1850-1854
Andrew Primmer The British railway monopoly in Colombia
Amr El Sayed Nasr Din El Sayed & David Gwyn Railways in Egypt 1834-1865
Win Stokes The impact of early main line railway development on the iron and coking industries in north east England
Julie Stone The ironworkers of the Britannia Bridge 1846-1850
Roland Tusch Lengthman’s cottages along the Semmering Railway
For correspondence about the conference please contact:
The Institution of Civil Engineers
National Railway Museum, York
Beamish, The North of England Open Air Museum
Newcomen, The International Society for the History of Engineering and Technology
The Railway and Canal Historical Society
The conference arose as the result of a public meeting which took place at the National Railway Museum in York in 2011. The four papers, that formed the focus of discussion, can be downloaded here:
EARLY RAILWAYS CONFERENCES
The sequence of International Early Railway conferences continues, with the Sixth Conference having taken place in 2016. Further details can be found by clicking here.