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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

About Time Public Lecture: 'The Wrong Kind of Time'

10th December 2012, 18:15 to 19:15, Kingsley Barratt Room, Calman Learning Centre, Durham University, Mr Alex Nelson


We have all heard and read of excuses for railway delays as being because of the wrong kind of leaves or the wrong kind of snow.  Local railway stationmaster Alex Nelson has been at the sharp end of disruptions large and small, and visited the control rooms of many railway organisations. During this lecture Alex will reflect on how the railway plans things to go right (and mostly they do), and deals with things that go wrong.  What would be very useful is a "stop the clocks" while we assess what should be done and let everyone know the actions to get back to normal running. But we have the wrong kind of time, one that just keeps on going!

Alex Nelson FRGS FCILT is a Londoner who graduated in 1983 from Durham University with a Durham degree in Geography.  He was recruited as a graduate trainee by the National Bus Company and worked in operational management in the bus industry in the North East until 1994.  He obtained an MBA from Newcastle University in 1992, and later moved into self-employment first in group travel and from 1999 in railways. He has been stationmaster of Chester-le-Street railway station for 13 years, and re-opened the ticket office at Eaglescliffe, between Yarm and Stockton, in 2012.  He is a member of the University College and Josephine Butler College Senior Common Rooms and has edited University College's alumni magazine Castellum since 1987.


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