Steam Locomotive Trust
The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust - a registered charity - has built a
completely new 'A1' to the original design and with the help of the latest
technology. Fitted with additional water capacity and the latest railway
safety electronics, Tornado is fully equipped for today’s main line
The increased security levels in London mean that London Underground are
extremely unlikely to grant visits to their disused stations.
who have wondered what those old stations look like, hopefully the
following photos will be of interest.
Old buildings, abandoned hospitals, industrial palaces overgrown with
plants and trees, the remaining walls decorated with graffiti, smashed
windows, rain dripping through the roof... These places have become hard
to find, difficult (or illegal) to access, dangerous to explore ... great
to spend the day !
We were founded in 1945 after a Bradford gentleman put an advert in the
Telegraph & Argus. We have about 100 members
and meet at 7.30pm on alternate Wednesdays, at Heaton Baptist Church, on
Leylands Lane in Heaton, Bradford.
Usually 30-or-so members are in attendance for each meeting, which may
comprise a slide or film show, quiz or discussion.
History has been our bane and our pleasure from the Ice Age to the digital
one; geography makes this the most varied landscape in England from
eroding shore and plentiful rivers to mills and steelworks to wind swept
dales and sheep dotted moorland.
We have to be a dogged breed.
Railways In 1960
This website is intended to give a picture of British Railways as it was
c.1960. With the aid of a set of books issued to railwaymen, the Sectional
Appendix, I have listed all lines and all locations along with point to
point mileages. My next steps are to add running lines and to provide
clickable links at junction locations to enable easy navigation between
Welcome to Bronte Country, an area which straddles the West Yorkshire and
East Lancashire Pennines in the North of England. A windswept land of
heather and wild moors, it is hardly surprising that this region became
the inspiration for the classic works of the Bronte sisters, Charlotte,
Emily and Anne.
The Great Northern Railway Trail is a recently developed cycle path and
public bridleway which follows a section of the route of the (now disused)
railway line which used to run from Queensbury through the villages of
Clayton, Thornton, Denholme, and Cullingworth en route to the Worth Valley
and meeting the main line near Keighley.
The Cardiffrail site is a project to explore and document disused
railways, tunnels and industrial buildings in south Wales and the Midlands
Christian Wolmar is a writer and broadcaster specialising in transport. He
has spent nearly all of his working life as a journalist, and was at The Independent from 1989 to 1997, mostly as transport correspondent. Although
he mainly concentrates on transport matters, he covers other social policy
issues and has written on a wide range of subjects.
Nestling at the tip of the Lincolnshire Wolds in a picture postcard
setting is Claythorpe Watermill & Wildfowl Gardens, truly a little piece
of paradise which, once discovered, you'll want to return to time and time
Long gone the clack of wheels over joints, the hurried farewell on
platforms. Yet the infrastructure of thousands of route miles, culled
before & since Beeching remains. Forgotten silent green lanes, choked
cuttings & marooned overbridges.
The Cumbria Railways website by Peter Burgess is dedicated to the lost
railways of Northern Cumbria which have all closed during the last
century. Many of the Cumbria Railways lines closed due to the decline in
the industries that they serviced so well during their heyday such as Coal
Mining, Iron Ore Mining and Steelmaking along with the Beeching closures
of the early 1960s.
UK Underworld - You die... We split your kit! Never underestimate the
power of stupid people in large groups.
Darkplaces is an independent meeting point for all underground related
explorers to chat, meet, share information, show off pictures and videos
about exploring underground places of Interest.
This website is intended to be a good-humoured look at contemporary
attitudes and lifestyles; a personal observation of a gentler, more
innocent age. The pages cover the period from the post-war Fifties to the
vibrant 'Swinging Sixties' - which, for my generation, brought up on a
diet of jam butties and roly-poly pudding, was something of a 'Boy’s Own'
adventure, if you like.
Deltic Preservation Society
The Deltic Preservation Society Ltd is the largest diesel locomotive
preservation society in the United Kingdom, and owns three of the six
surviving Deltics. A total of 22 Deltics were built for British Rail in
1961/62, for use on the East Coast Main Line out of Kings Cross. By the
late 1970s, they were being replaced by new Inter-City 125 trains, and
were gradually phased out.
This is a passionate but not serious look at the railways in the 80s and
ones that no longer exist. The site deliberately looks different (or crap,
depending on your view) from the standard rail web sites, so you’ll
remember it and want to come back for more. MORE I tell you!!!!!
I know full well that this is seen by many as a “sad” hobby and I totally
agree, but I bloody love it!
People have always had a fascination with disused railway lines and
stations. Following the opening of the first railway lines in the 1820’s,
stations have been closing; many in the last century because they were
resited to a more suitable location. This is particularly true in London
where many of the London termini were originally built some distance short
of their present site.
This site covers mining in the Northern part of England i.e. County Durham
(DUR), Northumberland (NBL), Cumberland (CUL), Westmorland (WES) and the
Ironstone mines of North Yorkshire (NRY).
Links to (mainly UK) based steam resources:
and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway
Travel between Embsay station, built in 1888, and the new award-winning
station at Bolton Abbey. Your journey takes you through picturesque
Yorkshire Dales scenery. Bolton Abbey station is the ideal stopping off
point for a pleasant one and a half mile walk to the ruins of the 12th
of the Line
Over the years there have always been a number of
locomotives in storage at various locations around the country but
following the privatisation of the British Railway’s network, from the mid
1990s onwards, the number of locomotives in storage has increased
It's easy to take for granted the awesome endeavours of 19th Century
railway pioneers. It was an age of speculative adventure, built on
innovation, will power and elbow grease. But many magnificent creations
were abandoned during the industrial vandalism of the fifties and sixties.
Forgotten Relics of an Enterprising Age celebrates some of them.
Of Hebden Bridge Station
The "Friends of Hebden Bridge Station" was formed in September 2007 to
help keep the station environs tidy, maintain the gardens to the station
entrance and approach, and provide a library in one waiting room for rail
Founded in 1988, the Friends of Oakwell Hall and Country Park are a
voluntary support group for this wonderfully authentic 16th Century Manor
House in Yorkshire - and for its surrounding 110 acres of country park.
Northern Railway Trail
This report sets out the engineering works and land ownership agreements
required to complete a traffic-free walking/cycling route between
Queensbury and Cullingworth, following as closely as possible and
practicable the line of the former Great Northern Railway and
incorporating horseriding links to the local bridleway and by-way network.
Index of all railway and model railway related websites in the UK and
Keighley and Worth
When British Railways closed the line in 1962, local people and railway
enthusiasts joined forces to try and save it.
A Preservation Society was formed and after many years of volunteer
struggle the line re-opened to passenger traffic on 29th June 1968.
Welcome to the "all new" KP's Rail Pics. I have put all digital images on
the site so it is now time to delve into the archive and get scanning all
the negatives and transparencies at my disposal.
Coal traffic ceased completely in 1979 on the Clayton West branch and with
dwindling passenger numbers the railway was finally closed in 1983. Around
this time Brian & Doreen Taylor had established a miniature railway at
Shibden Park in Halifax. Brian however wanted to get his teeth into
something bigger and began a search for somewhere to build a 15 inch gauge
One of the things I find most interesting is the changing history of the
railway, of which there is still much hidden evidence. For example, look
through the window as you travel between Tottenham Court Road and Holborn
on the Central Line and you'll see a station - where no passengers have
alighted since 1932. These stations are often referred to as ghost
Batley is a very old town in the West Riding of Yorkshire. It was
mentioned in the Doomsday Book in 1086 and was listed in the 1379 Poll
Tax. The parish church, All Saints, dates in part, to the 15th century.
Today, other than the parish church, little remains of very old Batley.
There are still some vacant mills from the early 1800s and some Victoria
A Fictional Preserved Model Railway In OO Gauge based on Bradford Forster
I am building my layout as a preserved line due to the fact that most of
the steam loco's I have are well known engines including 4 A4s. I also
have a couple of engines that have been renumbered to engines that did
travel in the Bradford area.
The railway made preservation history by becoming the
first standard gauge line to be run by volunteers. In late 1959 Leeds
University Union Railway Society were looking for somewhere to build and
run a small railway. Several options were discussed until eventually the
Middleton Railway was decided upon. The society moved into Claytons Yard.
Mirfield A 2nd
This site contains a selection of photographs of Mirfield and surrounding
areas taken over the previous century.
Accompanying each photograph of the past is a present day shot. This
picture where possible will show the exact same view for comparison. A
brief background is included with each set of photgraphs.
The "death sentence" has been issued to two of Mirfield's three railway
stations; but local people are seeking a reprieve.
Notices, stating that all new line stations are to be closed, have been
circulated by the railway executive, which means that the two local
stations, Northorpe (higher) and Battyeford, will cease to operate a
Introduced in 1961 and surviving until 2nd January 1982 the Deltics
clocked up a staggering amount of mileage between them. Some individual
members achieving four million miles alone. The attempt to account for
every Deltic movement would be impossible though slowly a picture is
emerging of the locomotive's (sometimes) varied career.
The National Autistic Society's Train Walk is a great day out for you and
your family and a great way to raise money for the National Autistic
Society to support people affected by autism in your local area. Over the
last two years, Train Walk has raised
a whopping £100,000 and seen thousands walking hills and roads in aid of
Coal Mining Museum
The National Coal Mining Museum for England is located at Caphouse
Colliery, on the western edge of the Yorkshire coalfield, where mining has
been carried out for centuries. A plan dated 1791 showing workings from
1789 to 1795, includes a shaft on the Caphouse site. It is probably the
oldest coal-mine shaft still in everyday use in Britain today.
Welcome to the National Railway Museum – the largest railway museum in the
world, attracting almost 1 million visitors per year to our sites at York
and Shildon. Discover over 300 years of history and over a million
Marvel at iconic locomotives, watch engineering work in progress in the
Workshop, browse our object-filled Warehouse.
Yorkshire Moors Railway
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway operates steam trains along an 18 mile
line between the market town of Pickering and the village of Grosmont,
through the heart of the North York Moors National Park. We are also
operating trains to Whitby on certain days of the year. The railway passes
through a variety of scenery, from wooded valley to heather clad moorland.
Of Rail Regulation
The Office of Rail Regulation is the independent safety and economic
regulator for Britain's railways.
The ORR is led by a Board appointed by the Secretary of State for
Old-Maps is the UK's most comprehensive historical map
archive comprising site centred historical maps covering England, Wales
We provide a complete step by step picture of land use
changes that have taken place from the mid-19th Century onwards.
This website is dedicated to the canals of the south Pennines, UK,
Including photographic virtual cruses along these canals.
The site also features extensive photo reports on the completed
restoration work on the Huddersfield & Rochdale canals
There are 367 preserved mainline diesel locomotives in the UK based on
various privately owned railways, as well as a few running on the main
rail system. This website is intended to provide a photographic record of
each of these engines as well as details of the lines on which they are
based and details of any diesel events.
Established for over 20 years, Procast has gained an enviable reputation
for the specialist production of high quality ferrous and non-ferrous
nameplates, signs, engineering components and decorative castings.
Although the line is no more than 5 miles long, the engineering required
to reach Queensbury was very tough indeed.
In excess of 3000 yards of tunnel, 1000 yards of deep cuttings and several
hundred yards of viaduct were required to complete
the line. Little wonder it was referred to as the "Alpine Route".
How did Queensbury get it's name? Why was a blunderbuss fired in
Queensbury every night? Why does Ambler Thorn have a Cape of Good Hope?
Read our things you (probably) did not know about Queensbury...
In 1955 the then British Transport Commission unveiled the 'Modernisation
Programme'; an ambitious scheme to improve British Railways
infrastructure, traction and services. Included in the plan was the
replacement of steam locomotives with approximately 2,500 diesel and
electric units. British Railways decided it needed a corporate identity.
In 1966 the 'rail blue' era was born.....
The number one site for talking railways. Formed in late October 2004,
this site quickly established itself as the home for over 2000 members,
made up from railway staff & enthusiasts alike to exchange views & ideas
with plenty of railway banter along the way. Its always maintained its
concept of keeping it a fun & family friendly forum.
Railway Junction Diagrams
The Railway Clearing House (RCH) Maps and Junction Diagrams are among the
most fascinating source materials for British railway historians. These
documents date from the time when the railways of Britain were run not as
a single network, but as competing enterprises.
As you may gather from the title, we are a club that likes to explore
disused railway lines. We organise walks throughout the country, for
people of varying ages and abilities, usually on disused railways,
although sometimes we explore old canals and, occasionally, even Roman
roads. We are not a high-powered hiking club concerned mainly with
clocking up the miles.
Technical Web Pages
This site provides free articles about railways, using the UK railway
system as the base technology with more articles and information about
other systems, like the US, as appropriate. Articles and glossaries are
provided for a range of subjects. These include planning, finance,
operations, design, engineering, production and maintenance.
Red House in Gomersal, a village south of Bradford was once the home to
Charlotte Bronte's close friend Mary Taylor, and is beautifully furnished
as a family home of the 1830s. Charlotte visited there often in the 1830s
and the Taylors appear as the "Yorkes" and the house as "Briarmains" in
her novel Shirley.
Our Mission is to ensure that 55022 is preserved in running order with
mainline certification. This site is dedicated to the promotion of that
mission and to help to raise funds to protect this important piece of
British railway heritage.
Save Our Railways
This site is intended as a "resource centre" for rail campaigners and
enthusiasts... helping you to find the websites of rail companies,
regulators, Government bodies, passenger groups, rail museums, heritage
lines, model railways, etc.
A site dedicated to investigating quirky, unusual or mysterious aspects of
the built environment of the city of Leeds, both past and present. Have
you ever wondered about the history of an unusual local building; where
that peculiar-looking tunnel leads to; or why that mysterious mark is
carved into the wall near your house? Then you’re in the right place to
find out more.....
"We Have To Go Back" - Here we are, back on our little island, eyes bright
with opportunity, hungry for more of the unseen.
Well no use being indoors, best make a start.
East Lancs Railway Action Partnership
We are a volunteer campaign group whose aim is to campaign for the
re-instatement of the Colne-Skipton line as a trans-pennine route, a part
of the national network, linking the Aire Valley and Yorkshire to East
Lancashire, Manchester, Preston and beyond.
Formed in 1974, Subterranea Britannica is a society devoted the the study
and investigation of man-made and man-used underground places. Subterranea
Britannica brings together people with an interest in all types of
underground space - from deneholes to dug-outs and from souterrains to
Sustrans is the UK's leading sustainable transport charity. Our vision is
a world in which people can choose to travel in ways that benefit their
health and the environment. Every day we are working on practical,
innovative ways of dealing with the transport challenges that affect us
Often a vast engineering feature, and usually a big project at the time of
construction, railway tunnels are a source of fascination. Most tunnels
exist to give the railway the flattest route possible whilst getting it
from one side of a feature to the other. Other tunnels exist purely to
hide the railway from land owners. This listing attempts to catalogue all
British and Irish tunnels.
This site was going to be dedicated to the cataloguing, discussion and
exploration of rail tunnels in the UK - but now I don't know if I have the
time!! I may just use it to record my site visits as well as including the
database - we'll see how it goes.
Vintage Carriages Trust
The Vintage Carriages Trust is a volunteer body, based on the Keighley &
Worth Valley Railway. It was formed in the late 1960s by a group of
volunteers whose interest was in wooden bodied carriages. They could see
that there was a need to concentrate on the preservation of these historic
items which were in grave danger of disappearing due to the weather and
The station opened in 1840 as part of the original North Midland Railway
from Derby to Leeds, Hunslet Lane. The line was built by George
Stephenson. In 1844 it was absorbed into the Midland Railway and in 1923
became part of the London Midland and Scottish Railway company. On the
creation of the nationalised British Railways in 1948 it became part of
the North Eastern region.