Early Main Line Railways Conferences

SECOND INTERNATIONAL EARLY MAIN LINE RAILWAYS CONFERENCE
National Railway Museum, York, England.
21st – 24th June 2018 (PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE)

The second International Conference on Early Main Line Railways will take place between Thursday 21st and Sunday 24th June 2018 at the National Railway Museum, York, England.

The booking form for the Conference may be downloaded here.

Having read the form, please make your booking online, rather than by using the form, if you can – even if paying by cheque.  The online facility allows for payments to be made by any credit or debit form, from a Paypal account, or by inter-bank internet transfer.

To access online booking please click here.

The speakers at the Conference will be:

The work of the Railway Heritage Trust Andy Savage
The literacy rate and the arrival of railways Ann Austin
Early history of Swiss South Eastern Railway Gion Caprez
The safest pair of hands: Joseph Locke, 1824-1839 Mike Chrimes
Wellington (Shropshire) businessmen and the railway Neil Clarke
Dublin-Belfast main line, 1837-1857 Ron Cox & Dermot O’Dwyer
‘Many shall go about’ – L&M Railway opening David Gwyn
Railway directors – who they were and what they did David Hodgkins
The work of artist Samuel Russell: documenting the railway in print Dieter Hopkin
Rise and fall: steam and the suspension bridge Stephen Jones
Science and the early main line railway Ivor Lewis
Australia’s first main line railways and social exchange relationships Jim Longworth
Railway architecture John Minnis & Philip Brown
The East Indian Railway and the Bengali environment Erica Mukherjee
The English patent system and early main line railway technology Stephen Murfitt
Railways to Portsmouth John New
Consultants in planning and specifying early mainline railways Peter Northover
Dionysius Lardner, the denigrated sage of early railways Andrew Odlyzko
Brymbo and the creation of the North Wales Mineral Railway David Parry
The locomotive export to Europe 1836-54 from Sharp Roberts  & Co, Manchester (Sharp Brothers) Poul Thestrup

FIRST INTERNATIONAL EARLY MAIN LINE RAILWAYS CONFERENCE – BOOK OF PAPERS: A FEW COPIES AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE.  (SEE SPECIAL OFFER BELOW FOR THOSE ATTENDING THE 2nd INTERNATIONAL EARLY MAIN LINE RAILWAYS CONFERENCE)

 

Eighteen papers from the First International Early Main Line Railways Conference held at Caernarfon from 19 to 22 June 2014. Now that subscription orders have been fulfilled, a small number of books are now available at full price. This is (including postage and packing) £58 for UK orders, £63 for orders from the rest of Europe and £68 for orders from the rest of the world.

SPECIAL OFFER – A copy may be ordered at the reduced price of £35 if you are attending the 2nd International Early Main Line Railways Conference (see above); your copy will be available for collection at the Conference but needs to be ordered in advance when making your Conference booking.

Otherwise, copies may be ordered by sending a cheque (payable to ‘R&CHS’) for the relevant amount to Roger Taylor, EMLRC1 Orders, 16 Priory Court, Berkhamsted, HP4 2DP. An online facility is available from the shop.

 

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.

CONFERENCE DETAILS

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 (http://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.

PAPERS

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

 

COMMUNICATIONS

For correspondence about the conference please contact:

emlr2.2018@gmail.com

 

SPONSORS

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

BACKGROUND

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:

TECHNOLOGY ON THE MOVE: ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT ON EARLY MAIN LINE RAILWAYS by Dr Michael R. Bailey

WHAT DO WE WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE EARLY MAIN LINE RAILWAY? THE MANAGEMENT/BUSINESS STRUCTURE ASPECTS by Grahame Boyes

EARLY MAIN LINE RAILWAYS – CULTURAL IMPACT & SOCIAL CHANGE 1829-1870 by Dr David Gwyn

RAILWAY FINANCE by Dr Winifred Stokes

 

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.