London's Railways

Ref: C3671593

The first part of the course looks at the development and growth of the railway network serving London and its environs. It considers both the creation of the main line terminals linking London to the rest of Britain; and also the local network of lines serving the city and its growing suburbs. The development of a rail network in London is followed from the 1830s to the present. The second part of the course looks at several aspects of European railways, including some of the principal international routes and also the creation of lines serving the more remote and inaccessible areas of the continent.

Course aim

- To understand the creation and growth of London's railway network. - To have several insights into the history of railways in Europe.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for students who attend a specific centre only. For more information please call 0300 303 3464

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • - understand some of the social and economic factors which have driven railway development in Britain and Europe.
  • - understand how rail networks have themselves influenced the social, economic and political growth of various areas, urban and rural.
  • - appreciate the diversity of railway history in Britan and Europe.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • There may be an outing for participants after the course ends, if this is wished for.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • There is no preparatory reading, but books and other sources will be suggested to participants to use if they wish.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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London's Railways


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