Sunday, 30 July 2017

Railway Research - Useful Links

Note: These are only examples of the vast range of sources online, the tip of the iceberg. 
         No attempt is made here to recommend one source over another.

Specialist Bookshops/Publishers (Examples)

Robert Humm
Bill Hudson
Crecy Publishing (Former Ian Allen/OPC etc.)
Wild Swan

Don't forget Amazon and eBay

Magazine Indexes (not necessarily up to date)

Model Railway Journal
British Railway Journal Index
Model Rail
Southern Railway (All)

Libraries/Public Archives

Network Rail Archives Link
National Archives (see SE&CR Society list for examples of the type of documentation available here Link )
National Rail Museum Resources
British Library
County Archives (e.g.) Nottinghamshire Archives  Link   Derbyshire Records Office Link


Google Maps
National Library of Scotland (UK Maps)
Old Maps (UK Maps)
OSNI (Northern Ireland Maps - link to 25 inch series) Link
OSI (Irish Republic Historical Maps)


Google Search Link
Britain From Above
Colour Rail
Rail Online
Science & Society Prints (NRM, Science Museum, MOSI etc)
RCTS Photographic Archive
Picture The Past (Notts/Derbys Archive)
S.W.A. Newton Collection GCR London Extension (Image Leicestershire) Link
Transport Treasury
Transports Of Delight (Photos)  
Flickr (Blandford1969 example)
DJ Norton (Mainly West Midlands Photos)
Am Baile (Scottish Highlands historic photos)

Specialist Line Societies and Sites (Examples)

Historical Model Railway Society
Southern E-Group
LNER Encyclopedia 
Great Eastern Railway Society (Including sales)
London & North Western Railway Society
Midland Railway Study Centre (Closed for refurb)
Railway & Canal Historical Society (link to resources) 
Great Northern Railway Society (link to archive details)
Colonel Stephens Society
Cumbrian Railways Association

Signalling Record Society

Other Sites

The Signal Box   Forum
Saxby & Farmer Info (Swedish Site)
Lymm Observatory (Signalling diagrams) 
Derby Signalling

Stations and Structures

 Disused Stations
 Station Colours site


Grace's Guide ('The Engineer' PDFs etc)

Individual Lines/Locations (random examples)

Syston & Peterborough Railway Pages
Great Western Archive
Lincolnshire Railways Gallery
Michael Clemens (GWR WTTs etc)
Steve Banks (Misc prototype Info)
Warwickshire Railways



Old Railway Permanent Way
Ribble Valley Site (Old Bradshaw Timetables) Link 
Local History Groups

General Guidance On Research

RCHS Research Guide
Railways Archive Guide
Nottinghamshire Heritage Gateway (Notts Research Sources) Link

Discussion Groups/Forums - Ask!

Yahoo Groups