Dr M.C. Duffy -
Talk held on Tuesday 7th October 1997.
The first lecture this season was attended by seventeen members, all of whom were well rewarded, for this lecture and our distinguished speaker set a bench mark by which the rest of the season will have to be judged. The subject title is very broad and, as we were to learn, is far more complicated a than any of us could have imagined. What took place between the wars and in the United States all had a bearing on what was to take place after 1945.
Dr. Duffy started first with gas turbine locomotives; the Swiss had produced the world's first gas turbine locomotive during the war, which led to the two locomotives being constructed for the Western Region of British Rail. Other large examples of the type appeared in the United States, the Union Pacific Railroad of that country being the only Railroad to adopt turbine locomotives in fleet operation.
Dr. Duffy spoke at length about experiments conducted with variations on the turbine theme. He also spoke about various experiments made, and still being made, with coal-
Before talking about electric traction, Dr. Duffy took a look back to the interwar period. This was a period in which the Southern Railway was expanding its electrified passenger network, whilst retaining steam locomotives for freight and other non-
Electrification or large-