DC Electric Trains And Locomotives In The British Isles
Although electric trains are regarded as `modern' the first successful experiments took place just over a century ago in the late 1870s from primeval beginnings forty years before that, and were soon followed by the first commercial electric railways at Brighton and Giants Causeway. With the opening of the first deep level London underground electric rail-ways in the 1890s and the conversion of urban steam-worked lines in Liverpool and Newcastle a decade later, electric railway operation using conductor rails fed by relatively low voltage direct current began to develop, at first in urban areas - particularly London - and by the 1930s for longer distances especially for the great Southern electric network in Southern England. From the 1930s, and after the second world war, higher direct current voltages with overhead conductors became a short-term standard until the adoption of high voltage alternating current by BR in the 1950s.
Ray Vickers has made a particular study of electric railways and describes the many direct current electrification schemes from the earliest times to the present, looking not only at the multiple-unit trains and locomotives and their electrical development but also operation and the many styles of passenger accommodation used for electric trains. Despite the expansion of the high voltage AC system, low voltage DC is by no means dead - indeed it is thriving having been adopted not only for logical extensions to existing DC systems but also for new conversions on Tyneside and in Dublin where some of the newest and highly sophisticated trains in the British Isles are operated.
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