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London's Railway Terminals


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Come and hear all about the background to London's train stations

Date and Time

11 January 2018 - 18:30-21:00


Stevenage, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the UK - East:Beds & Herts local network. Contact Grazyna Whapshott (gwhapshott@theiet.org) for more information.

About this event

Everybody will have travelled through one or more of London's Railway Termini, yet how many people stop to look at the surroundings, know the history of the station and how it functions in today's modern rail scene?

This talk will look at each Terminus in turn, its history, architecture, social implications, modernisation and/or re-building, and the status of the terminus today.

Ever studied the magnificence of Liverpool Street, the quaintness of Marylebone, the severity of Euston, or the fabulous upgrading of Kings Cross and St Pancras? All but one of the termini survive in one form or another to this day, making London the capitol city in the world with the greatest number of terminal stations.


1830-1900  Registration; networking with refreshments
1900-2015  Lecture
2015-2100  Q&A

Directions by car and parking are available here.

Reasons to attend

This lecture provides a fascinating insight to each terminus in turn, looking at its origins, architecture, social implications, modernisation and/or re-building, the train services that it supports and, with the constantly growing population, the likely implications for the future in terms of facilities required by the travelling public.

Continuing Professional Development

CPD logo declaring this event can contribute 2 hours towards your Continuing Professional Development

This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.

CPD Certificates (if required) are available after the event upon request from our Secretary, Mr Ian Brooker (ibrooker@theiet.org).


Free of Charge

Additional information

Speaker: Clive Kessell
Mr Kessell is a career railwayman, having trained as a signal engineer but specialising in railway telecommunications for most of his career. He ended up as the Telecom Director in British Rail before privatisation. He is a technical journalist for Rail Engineer magazine; he has always had an interest in railway history and has presented many papers on railway telecommunications to the Professional Engineering Institutions and retains an active interest in the development of new railway technology.

Registration information

Please register for this event if you intend to come.

This event is organised by the IET Beds & Herts Local Network as part of our 2017-18 program. 


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