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On board a Virgin Voyager service during a tour of UK Tram Systems
I was born on October 20th 1980 in Lewisham, South East London. I am currently living with my parents in West Wickham, Kent.
My mum, Hillary works part time at a supermarket and my dad, Peter is a Railway Incident Controller.
I have two brothers, Mark (born 21/4/84) has just graduated from Manchester University with a Computing Science degree and is working for an IT company, while James (born 27/5/87) is at Churchill College, Cambridge studying Natural Sciences.
Stephen Parascandolo BEng(Hons)
at my Graduation Ceremony
22nd July 2003
I attended Hawes Down Primary school in West Wickham, followed by Langley Park Boys School, Beckenham.
I left school with 10 GCSEs (2 A*'s, 3 A's, 3 B's and 2 C's) and 4 A-Levels (Computing: A, Maths: B, Physics: B, General Studies: B).
From September 1999 to June 2003, I studied Computer Systems Engineering at Brunel University, Uxbridge. On 22nd July 2003, I graduated with a BEng(Hons) First Class Honours Degree in a ceremony at Wembley Conference Centre.
As part of my course, from July 2001 to August 2002, I completed a highly enjoyable and successful work placement with GE where I was involved in the preparation of data for use in Modular Control Systems and Train Describers for the rail industry. I was heavily involved in the data for the control centre at Stoke On Trent and worked on developing the design for the new WCML Interim Control Centre at Rugby.
Stoke On Trent Signalling Control Centre June 2005
Rugby Signalling Control Centre
GE sponsored me through my final year at University and on 7th July 2003, I returned to work with them full time. I worked on projects at Ledburn Junction and Stoke On Trent before being appointed as Database Manager for the Interim Control Points Alliance.
As such, I was responsible for coordinating the design and production of control centre data for Rugby and Stoke Signalling Control Centres which will gradually take control of sections of the West Coast Mainline. Watford Workstation was commissioned at Rugby in May 2004 controlling Apsley - Linslade, followed in June 2004 by Norton Bridge Workstation at Stoke in June 2004 controlling Stafford (exc.) - Basford Hall (exc.). Northampton Workstation at Rugby followed in August 2004 and controls Hanslope Junction to Northampton (exc.) on the Slows and Rugby (exc.) on the fasts.
In June 2005, I commissioned Colwich Workstation at Stoke, having developed MCS and Panel - Interlocking Interface data to control a relay interlocking from an MCS for the first time. Rugeley, Armitage and a new Colwich interlocking were transfered to Stoke.
Away from the WCML, I was heavily involved in the renewal of Three Bridges and Eastleigh Train Describers on Network Rail, South East Territory, and have also been involved in the Horsham resignalling project, and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.
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In the snow at Gravel Hill
8th January 2003
My main interests are in Transport and Computing. I keep up to date on the latest developments in the Rail Industry through a variety of magazines: The Railway Magazine, RAIL, Entrain, Modern Railways and Rail Staff Select together with a variety of websites and email groups.
I often travel around the country and sometimes further to see the latest new lines, and trains and changes to the network. You can read about my UK Tram Tour (2003) here. I am currently trying to cover every passenger route in the UK. You can read about one of my UK Rail Roving Trips(2005) here.
I am particularly interested in Modern Light Rail as a result of the construction of the Croydon Tramlink system fairly close to home. I am also closely watching the development of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL) from London to the Channel Tunnel together with the associated remodeling work at Shortlands Junction, Ashford, Continental Junction and St Pancras to name just a few.
Horton - part of the 32' x 10' layout at Horsham exhibition
2nd April 2005
My other major interest is in Model Railways. I am a member, Webmaster and Membership Secretary of the Beckenham and West Wickham Model Railway Club where I have masterminded the Club's OO Modern Image Layout, Horton. The layout is fully equipped with prototypical signalling, controlled and interlocked by Computer. I developed new Software for it as my Final Year Project at University. This has developed into the Model Railway Computer Control Centre which is now available as freeware.
I am also a member of the Light Rail Transit Association, the Institute of Electrical Engineers and the Model Electronic Railway Group. l am an Associate Member of the Institution of Railway Signalling Engineers.
Unofficial Croydon Tramlink Website
I have set up several Websites as well as this one. The main one being Croydon Tramlink - The Unofficial Site which has gained a massive following. This in turn has led to a huge website to cover every detail of Tramlink - The site runs to some 150Mb with over 3000 files and 2000 photos. It also has over 200,000 words on Tramlink. The photo and news sections are data driven from custom written databases. It was even featured on national TV in April 2000! Much of the site has been serialised into a major journal article for US magazine Headlights.
At home, a wired and wireless LAN has been configured with a server distributing our 1Mb/s NTL broadband connection around the house. The server also holds most of our data and acts as a print server for colour inkjet or laser printing. My main PC is currently a P4 3GHz Dell Dimension Desktop.
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Last Revised: 1 January 2006
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