Research - Stations


Subject

Notes on information that can be obtained

Source

Coverage

 

 

 

 

Line & Station opening dates

See book Tomlinson’s ‘North Eastern Railway’ or ‘Railway Stations of the North East’

KHSC or 2nd hand market

Good

Published Photographs relevant to a given station

There is a very good on-line resource reference to photographs of British and Irish stations which has detailed of such information up to the mid 1990s

Link to the railway stations database

 

 

Closing dates – to passengers, goods, re-naming of stations

See books ‘Railway Stations of the North East’ or ‘Passengers No More’ (David & Charles) or the Guide to Closed Railways 1948-1977 (Branch Line Society)

KHSC or 2nd hand market

Very good for info to circa 1980 then patchy

Station & siding diagrams

(referred to as ‘White Prints’)

Small diagrams covering stations, sidings and junctions, c1903 to early 1960’s (includes H&BR from 1924) - updated/reissued with engineering changes.

KHSC or TNA

Good

Civil engineers surveys

Very detailed plans at 33” = 1’ or 40” = 1’ scales, c1870 – 1960s

Those at CROs can mostly be viewed on microfilm.

Other drawings are still retained by Network Rail who may not entertain non-business enquiries.

TNA or CROs

Patchy

Parliamentary plans and sections

Prepared for proposed new lines submitted for act of parliament.

HLRO, TNA or CROs

N/k

Line diagrams

Strip plans giving location of stations, signal boxes, points, bridges, etc c1903.

The NERA have reproduced the plans for the Rillington – Whitby branch. It is intended to extend overage to other lines.

 

 

NERA Publication

 

 

Good

Large scale Ordnance Survey maps

Detailed maps showing all lines and sidings with buildings.

Issued periodically between the 1880s and 1950s.

25” = 1’ for complete coverage

50” = 1’ for large towns (1st edition for c1850)

CRO’s

Main Libraries

Alan Godfrey Maps

Good

On line map resources

Old Maps online provided by Landmark Information based on the 1st series Ordnance Survey maps

Durham County Council's "Keys to the Past" Service can be used to view maps of a given site over the years, within the remit of County Durham mainly.
 

 

 

Gradient diagrams

All lines covered (except H&BR), 1905

NERA Publication

Complete

Distance Maps

‘NER Distance Maps’ gives maps and tables of distances

KHSC

N/k

‘Lines & Stations’

Good listing of stations and junctions on line by line basis with diagrams of major locations.

NERA Publication

Complete


 

Private Siding Agreements & Plans

Agreements usually cover the terms of the agreement and a scale plan of the siding, c1870 – 1930s. The bound volumes of agreements at the TNA are indexed.

 

The NER issued a publication ‘Traffic to and from Collieries, Depots and Sidings’ every few years that also provides a list of names of sidings, locations and the traders name

TNA and private collections.

 

 

 

 

NERA Publication

Good

Architects drawings

The surviving architectural drawings are split between archives.

Those at CROs can mostly be viewed on microfilm.

Other drawings are still retained by Network Rail who may not entertain non-business enquires, 1840s – 1950s

NB: The NERA publication ‘A History of North Eastern Railway Architecture’ (3 volumes) gives the history and development of railway buildings in the North-East.

TNA or CROs

 

 

 

NERA Publication

N/k

Civil Engineering Standards (including lineside & station furniture)

Drawings of standard designs for wooden platforms, fencing, foundations, etc.

NERA Publication

Complete

Miscellaneous Standards

Standard colour pattern drawings for station signage plus illustrations of platform/yard lamp designs, PW huts

KHSC

 

Other Standard Fittings

Drawings of water columns, station lamps, std bridge designs

See ‘North Eastern Record Vol. 1’

NERA Publication

 

Painting Standards

See ‘North Eastern Record Vol. 1’

HMRS Publication

 

Board of Trade inspection reports

Reports giving description of alteration to passenger lines, from c1850 to 1950 (a plan is included with the majority of the reports)

TNA

Good

Sectional Appendices – List of Block & Telegraph Stations

Give list of signal boxes open at given dates, c1873 – 1979. 1874 (1st time ex S&DR lines were included)

TNA & NRM & KHSC

NERA Publication

Good

Complete

Hours of Opening of Signal Boxes

 c1930s – 1960s Gives list of signal boxes and opening hours

Private Collections.

N/k

Register of Signal Boxes

Listing of signal boxes operational and closed/preserved. Alphabetical list of all signal boxes with opening date, frame type details & no. of levers.

SRS

Complete

 

Abbreviations: KHSC - Ken Hoole Study Centre, Darlington ; TNA (The National Archives), Kew, CRO – County Record Offices; HLRO – House of Lords Records Office; NRM – National Railway Museum; HMRS – Historical Model Railway Society; SRS – Signalling Record Society