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Archives - General

Archives Hub: A national gateway to descriptions of archives in UK universities and colleges.
British Postal Museum & Archive: Postal Heritage Trust, Freeling House, Phoenix Place, Mount Pleasant, London, WC1X 0DL (020 7239 2570). The public archives of the Post Office (Royal Mail Group), including its use of transport, from the 17th century onwards. Its catalogue is included in that of the Public Record Office (class POST). On-line catalogue.
British Trolleybuses: An online database and archive.
Cumbrian Railways Association: Holds an extensive photographic collection and some archival material relating to the Cumberland, Westmorland and Furness areas.
Discovery: Descriptions of records held by The National Archives and more than 2,500 archives across the country, with a Find an archive search (formerly Archon)
English Heritage Archive: Kemble Drive, Swindon, SN2 2GZ (01703 414600). Headquarters of the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England (in the former Great Western Railway works general office building); formerly known as the National Monument Record; holds extensive pictorial records of England's built heritage, including Rokeby collection of railway station photographs and Aerofilms and other aerial photographic cover. Search room also in London. Images commercially available from Heritage Image Partnership. Access by public transport: Swindon station (National Rail) nearby.
Glasgow University Archives: 13 Thurso Street, Glasgow G11 6PE (0141 330 5515). A repository for the business records of Scottish companies, including portions of the North British Locomotive Co., Andrew Barclay (locomotive builders), R. Y. Pickering (rolling stock builders), William Beardmore (engineers encompassing most forms of transport), motor companies, shipping and shipbuilding. Also the Scottish Railway Collection, A.G. Dunbar collection (railway trade unions), Caledonian Railway Association archives, Jackson collection (overseas railway photographs), Adam Smith railway plans, John Hume collection, transport ephemera and runs of key periodicals.
Great Eastern Railway Society: Contains information on history of the Great Eastern Railway, its predecessors and successors, and on the activities of the Society. The files emporium offers a wide range of digitised historic documents which can be downloaded on payment of a fee.
Great Western Trust: Great Western Society, Didcot Railway Centre, Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 7NJ (01235 817200) Collection of publications, and archive material related to Great Western Railway, including 'RKB' collection of printed ephemera, Eric Mountford collection (especially related to south Wales) and C.R. Gordon Stuart ticket collection. Extensive collections of photographs and transparencies (not all Great Western). Access by prior appointment. Access by public transport: Didcot Parkway station (National Rail) adjacent.
Head of Steam (Darlington): Formerly Darlington Railway Centre & Museum. North Road Station, Darlington, Co. Durham, DL3 6ST (01325 460532). The Ken Hoole Study Centre houses the reference collection (papers, books and photographs mainly relating to railways in the North East) left by railway historian Ken Hoole. The Study Centre also contains the library collection of the North Eastern Railway Association, records of the North Eastern Railway Servants' Pension Society, pictorial records of the Cleveland Bridge & Engineering Co., and other archive material. Open by appointment. Access by public transport: Darlington North Road station (National Rail) adjacent.
Historical Model Railway Society: Museum & Study Centre, Midland Railway - Butterley, Butterley Station, Ripley, Derbys., DE5 2QZ (01773 745959). The Society, an educational charity, offers much information on its website and maintains a purpose-built library, archives and collections of drawings and photographs. Access by prior appointment. Access by public transport: bus from Derby. Located at Swanwick Junction.
Industrial Railway Society: Interest in industrial railways and locomotives past and present; maintains extensive records and photographic archives and publishes definitive works on the subject.
London and North Western Railway Association: Study Centre at Kenilworth. Noted in particular for its staff history resources.
London Metropolitan Archives: 40 Northampton Road, London, EC1R 0HB (020 7332 3820). Contains administrative records of London Transport and its predecessors; some waterway records; also extensive collections of books, directories, maps and photographs relating to the Greater London area. Access by public transport: Farringdon station (London Underground/National Rail) nearby.
Midland Railway Study Centre: Silk Mill, Full Street, Derby. Enquiries to: P.O. Box 7123, Derby, DE65 9AP (01283 702689). The combined collections of the Roy F. Burrows Midland Collection Trust, Derby's Museum of Industry & History and the Midland Railway Society giving the largest publicly accessible collection of paper material relating to the Midland Railway and its staff. Limited opening hours by appointment.
Midland Railway Trust: Midland Railway - Butterley, Butterley Station, Ripley, Derbys., DE5 3QZ (01773 747674). This museum collection is supplemented by holdings of archives and photographs mainly relating to the Midland Railway, its successors and neighbours. The Historical Model Railway Society is also located on this site. Access by public transport: buses from Derby.
National Archives: Ruskin Avenue, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU (020 8876 3444). This repository, formerly known as the Public Record Office, contains the principal records of the railway, canal and associated companies which came to be nationalised in 1948 (class RAIL) and of the British Transport Commission, Railway Executive and British Railways Board (class AN). Class AN also contains the records of the Road Haulage Executive, Road Passenger Executive and Docks & Inland Waterways Executive; also British Road Services (to 1968) and some records of the Transport Holding Company. The central records of the National Bus Company, 1968-91, are held at class FH. The railway records include administrative and staff records and timetables; and there are canal administrative records (records relating to some navigations are held in other collections in the PRO). Maps, plans and photographs are found in these collections and elsewhere. The former British Transport Historical Records Library contains printed books and pamphlets (class ZLIB) and periodicals (class ZPER) covering the period 1694-1982, much of it issued by operators themselves; and the private collection of W. E. Hayward relates mainly to minor railways. Records of the Ministry of Transport and its predecessor, the Board of Trade (class MT) relate to its various supervisory functions over transport operations. The records of the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen relate to merchant shipping. Some War Office records relate to military transport. The PRO Library (open access) includes Acts of Parliament, a strong collection of books and periodicals on local history, and some railway periodicals. The National Archives also maintains the National Register of Archives (listing documents in other collections) which can be searched online. Access by public transport: Kew Gardens station (National Rail/London Underground) nearby. Accommodation available in the area.
National Archives of Ireland: Bishop Street, Dublin 8, Republic of Ireland (00 353 1 407 2300). The archives here most likely to be of interest to transport historians are those of the Office of Public Works which from its establishment in 1831 took various responsibilities for inland waterways, roads, harbours, and supervision of railways. The National Archives also care for shipping agreements and crew lists.
National Records of Scotland: HM General Register House, 2 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3YY (0131 535 1314) You are strongly advised to telephone beforehand to check the location of the records you are interested in. For more details of the collections, choose 'The Collections' from the NAS home page, then select Transport Records. The Scottish Railway Archive contains official records of Scottish railway companies and their canal and shipping constituents, including minutes and reports, letter books, deeds and agreements, circulars, locomotive, rolling stock and civil engineers records, station traffic books, accident reports, and staff records. The NAS also holds an important collection of specialised books and periodicals on transport subjects, mostly inherited from the old railway companies and dating back to the 1840s, as well as timetables, publicity material, engineering and architectural drawings and photographs. Relevant private deposits, generally of locomotive or engineering interest, include those of W. E. Boyd, Alan G. Dunbar, Montague Smith, D. S. Macdonald, David L. Smith (the latter two particularly concerning the Glasgow & South Western Railway), Sir Thomas Bouch, and George Graham (Caledonian Railway). The NAS also holds records of the Commissioners for Highland Roads and Bridges and for the Caledonian and Crinan Canals; and contains the National Register of Archives for Scotland. Plan originals are viewable only by appointment (on Wednesdays) at a site in the suburbs, but some digitised versions are viewable at General Register House.
Network Rail: Online access to Network Rail's infrastructure records.
Portcullis Archive Catalogue: House of Lords Record Office, House of Lords, London, SW1A 0PW (020 7219 3074). An electronic catalogue containing descriptions of around 3 million records held by the Parliamentary Archives. Contains records of Parliamentary proceedings on the Private Bills which were the normal means by which canals, turnpike trusts, railways, harbour authorities and similar undertakings sought to be incorporated and given powers to construct and operate their works. A separate search is available for the Private Bill Witness Database at http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/parliamentary-archives/private-bill-witness-database/
Public Record Office of Northern Ireland: 66 Balmoral Avenue, Belfast, BT9 6NY (028 90 251318). Includes records of the Ulster Transport Authority and constituents (including Belfast Corporation Transport and the Northern Ireland Road Transport Board) 1820-1976, together with other items relating to railway companies received as private deposits, and of the Ministries of Commerce and Home Affairs (later, Development), having responsibility for transport. The Cooper collection also contains some relevant material.
Signalling Record Society: The Society has had archive material in its custody for a number of years. Most of the archive is in paper form but with increasing use of computers for record keeping, some of the archive material is now being made available in digital form. Other material consists of photographic collections.
Tracking Railways Archives Project - TRAP: The main purpose of this web site is to list archives which contain railway material which might otherwise escape notice. Local libraries, societies and individuals often have collections about which information is hard to find.
Transport for London Group Archives and Records Management: Ground Floor, Wing-over-Station, 55 Broadway, London, SW1H 0BD (020 7918 4142). Company archives for London Transport, its predecessors and successors.

Audio Archives

National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales: A comprehensive collection of films, television programmes, videos, sound recordings and music relating to Wales and the Welsh.
Scotland on Film (BBC): 20th century Scottish life in sound and vision, on a collection of clips from Scotland's historic film, television and radio archives.

Aviation

AirportWatch: An umbrella movement uniting national environmental organisations, airport community groups, and individuals opposed to unsustainable aviation expansion, and its damaging environmental effects, including climate change and noise.
Airship Heritage Trust: History of all of the British airships from 1900 to the present day. The Trust aims to promote interest in the history of airships and lighter than air travel, along with the preservation of Cardington airship station and its principal buildings.
Airships: the Hindenburg and other Zeppelins: History of the Zeppelins, including technology, the passenger experience, disasters and biographies.

Canals, waterways and docks

British Canal Shareholders: A database (in the course of development) of early shareholders of Britain's canals in the late 18th and early 19th centuries
Canal and River Trust: Charity entrusted with the care of 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales.
Canal Junction: For more about canal holidays & canal heritage.
Canal Museum: Stoke Bruerne, Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 7SE (01604 862229). Houses some archival material primarily relating to narrow canals.
Canalmaps Archive: A personal collection of over 1,000 original maps and plans of canals and inland river navigations, with the emphasis on the British Isles, dating from 1677 to the present day.
CanalScape-BCN: A discussion group for the interchange of information researched by experts, key enthusiasts and waterway workers for the benefit of protecting existing waterway heritage in the Midlands.
CanalScape-London: A discussion group open to all which is intended to encompass all aspects of preservation, conservation and heritage matters relating to canals within the London area.
George's canal boating in the U.K. and Europe: An introduction for those unfamiliar with the pleasures of canal and waterway cruising, as well as a resource for experienced boaters
Gloucester Docks and the Sharpness Canal: The main features of Gloucester Docks and the 16-mile ship canal link to Sharpness Docks and the sea. Brief details are given about the history of what can be seen today, with many comparisons of old and recent views. Information is also provided about vessels and people associated with the waterway and plans for developments.
Hollinwood Canal Society: History and photos of this canal north-west of Manchester and plans for its restoration
Jim Shead's Waterways Information: An encyclopedia of the canals and rivers of England and Wales, including historical data, provided by Jim Shead, Waterways Writer and Photographer.
Kennet & Avon Canal Trust: Archives, and Museum collection (at Devizes).
London Canal Museum: The collection includes artifacts and archives relating to the canals of London and the ice trade.
Mike Clarke's Web Pages: Research and original resources relating to inland waterways and other industrial archaeological topics; particularly strong on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.
National Maritime Museum: Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF (020 8312 6607). The Centre for Maritime Research incorporates the Caird Library covering all aspects of maritime history; collections of historic photographs, prints and drawings, and ship plans (including railway ships); and archive collections including that of C. Grasemann (Southern Railway and other short sea shipping), records of South Western Steam Packet Co., Coast Lines Ltd, and (in part) Port of London Authority, and 10% sample of crew agreements. Access by public transport: Cutty Sark (Docklands Light Railway) or Maze Hill (National Rail) stations nearby.
Waterways Archive: The David Owen Waterways Archive, National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port, South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, CH65 4FW (0151 373 4378). British Waterways Archive. Also contains significant collection of books and periodicals relating to inland waterways worldwide (including I.W.A. John Heap Library and collections of Daphne Rosewell, Fred Doerflinger and Denys Hutchings). Charles Hadfield' s world canals research papers. Archive collections include Shropshire Union Railways & Canal Co. minutes. Photographic collections (including those of Eric de Maré, Hugh McKnight and Michael Ware). Oral history recordings. Virtual Waterways Archive Catalogue also gives access to related items in other repositories.
Waterways Trust: A national charity which works with others to promote greater public enjoyment of our inland waterways and their heritage.

Canals, waterways and docks

Image Archives - Maps

Canalmaps Archive: A personal collection of over 1,000 original maps and plans of canals and inland river navigations, with the emphasis on the British Isles, dating from 1677 to the present day.
National Library of Scotland OS maps: High-resolution access to the Ordnance Survey's nineteenth-century mapping of Scotland together with early post-war aerial photographic coverage
old-maps.co.uk: Providing access to Britain's most extensive digital historical map archive.
Ordnance Survey Epoch 1 Maps: British History Online gives access to OS maps dating back to 1840.

Image Archives - Moving Images

Baim Collection: The copyright works of the late Harold Baim (b 1914 Leeds - d 1996 London) a director, writer and prolific producer of short 35mm films. His early films featured variety acts; his later films were mainly colourful widescreen travelogues.
British Movietone News: One of the world’s largest newsreel archives containing film footage covering most of the major events of the 20th Century, principally from 1929-1979.
British Pathe Film Archive: The 3500 hour British Pathe Film Archive, which covers news, sport, social history and entertainment from 1896 to 1970.
British Transport Films: Here you will be able to look at details of many of the film unit's productions, read film reviews and view several images from the extensive BTF stills collection.
East Anglian Film Archive: A collection of over 60,000 films and videos.
Huntley Film Archive: One of the largest independent film libraries in the UK, with a collection of more than 80,000 titles. Specialises in railway content,
Nation on Film (BBC): Clips from the TV series made in conjunction with the Open University.
National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales: A comprehensive collection of films, television programmes, videos, sound recordings and music relating to Wales and the Welsh.
North West Film Archive: The professionally recognised public home for the moving image heritage of the North West of England.
Northern Region Film & Television Archive: The public sector moving image archive serving County Durham, Northumberland, Tees Valley and Tyne and Wear.
Online Transport Archive: A growing collection of film and photographic material relating to all forms of transport.
Scotland on Film (BBC): 20th century Scottish life in sound and vision, on a collection of clips from Scotland's historic film, television and radio archives.
Scottish Screen Archive: A unique resource of over 100 years of Scottish history with more than 32,000 individual items of documentary, newsreel and short films, along with educational, advertising and promotional material.
Screen Archive South East: A public sector moving image archive serving the South East of England. Established in 1992 at the University of Brighton as the South East Film & Video Archive.
South West Film & Television Archive: The official film archive for the South West of England.
Wessex Film & Sound Archive: Started in 1988 and serving Hampshire, Central Southern England, including Berkshire and the Isle of Wight.
Yorkshire Film Archive: The public access film archive for Yorkshire and the Humber.We hold over 14,000 items of film and video tape, dating from the earliest days of film making in the 1880’s to the present day.

Image Archives - National Collections

Heritage Photo Archive & Heritage Image Register: A photographic archive concentrating on the industrial heritage
Bodleian Library/Toyota City Imaging Project: A collection of motoring and transport images from the John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera.
Britain from Above: The digitised Aerofilms archive of aerial photographs, 1919-1953.
Francis Frith Collection: The Frith archive was founded in 1860 and contains over 365,000 photographs, taken between 1860 and 1970, of some 7,000 towns and villages throughout Britain.
Getty Images: A large picture library that includes the Hulton Archive.
Google Earth: Combines the power of Google Search with satellite imagery, maps, terrain and 3D buildings.
Heritage Image Partnership: Images from national museums.
Illustrated London News Picture Library: From 1842 to today.
Images of England: Funded by English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund, this is an initiative which aims to create a photographic record of England's listed buildings
National Archive of Transport, Travel & Trade: Strong in aviation and buses.
References to Published Photographs of British and Irish Railway Stations: The aim of this web site to to enable anyone interested in railway stations to locate published photographs of any railway station in Great Britain and Ireland.
Science & Society Picture Library: Represents over a million images from the Science Museum, the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television and the National Railway Museum.
Transport Archive: Using several thousand images, it shows how waterways, railways and aviation have changed our lives.
ViewFinder: Contains illustrations of the industrial age, social history, architecture and archaeology, dating from the 1840s to the present day.

Image Archives - Regional Collections

DinnageS Transport Publishing: Based on a collection of transport related postcards.
Gathering the Jewels: Transport (Wales): Established by a consortium of Welsh museums and academic bodies.
Glasgow Story: Illustrated with thousands of images from the collections of the city's world-famous libraries, museums and universities.
London Transport Museum: The Piazza, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7BB (020 7379 6344). Photograph and poster collections online (over 28,000 images). Museum galleries online. Library collection relating to London's Transport - past, present and future. Reinohl collection of bus and tram tickets and related material. Collection of material relating to Frank Pick. Majority of collections stored at the Museum Depot, Acton Town, where the Omnibus Society's London collection is also located.
North Lincolnshire Council Image Archive: The archive, established in 2000, is an ongoing project to digitise the council's photographic collections and make them available to the public.
Picture Cheshire: The Cheshire and Chester Archives and Local Studies digital image website.
Picture Sheffield: Sheffield Local Studies Library's computerised image system is only a representative selection from their collections, and most images are pre-1950.
Virtual Mitchell: Images from the Mitchell Library, Glasgow.
Walsall: A Click In Time: Walsall Local History Centre holds over 12,000 photographs covering the whole of the current Walsall Metropolitan Borough area from Darlaston to Aldridge and Willenhall to Brownhills.
West Sussex Past Pictures: An online photo database, which enables you to search, download and print over 8,000 images.

Libraries

Bodleian Library: Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG (01865 277000). Major collection of material received on legal deposit, including maps and Parliamentary publications. John Johnson Collection of printed ephemera includes significant transport content. Photographic collections (including aerial photos).
British Library: 96 Euston Road, St Pancras, London, NW1 2DB (020 7412 7677). The national library: the major repository for all material published in Britain and Ireland including books, periodicals, national timetables, maps and Parliamentary publications. Special collection of railway company prospectuses. Trade literature (ex Patent Office Library). Department of Manuscripts (separate catalogue) includes papers of C. B. Vignoles (railway engineer). Oriental & India Office Collection. Newspapers housed at Boston Spa; can be requested to London. Images commercially available from Heritage Image Partnership. Access by public transport: King's Cross and St Pancras stations (National Rail/London Underground) nearby.
British Library of Political and Economic Science: London School of Economics, 10 Portugal Street, London, WC2A 2HD (020 7955 7229). Holdings reflect a long-standing interest in the study of transport from an economic viewpoint, including books and reports deposited by Sir William Acworth and others, and material from interest groups. Charles Hadfield's British canals research papers. Two 19th century collections of miscellaneous material: Early British railways, comp. by Septimus Bell, and Railway information, comp. by E. B. Ivatts. Major collection of Parliamentary publications. Collection of transport-related pamphlets also available electronically.
Brunel University Library: Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 3PH (01895 266139) Transport History Collection comprises: Clinker collection of railway books and papers; Garnett collection of railway maps; J. E. C. Palmer notes on Victorian railway periodicals and Eastern Counties Railway; Borley papers on London railways; L. James railway chronology. Timetables. Mowat, Clinker, Wookey and Locomotive photographs (marketed by W.R. Burton, 3 Fairway, Clifton, York, YO30 5QA ). Appointments required for access to all material; proof of identity will be required.
Cambridge University Library: West Road, Cambridge, CB2 9DR (01223 333000) Major collection of material received on legal deposit, including periodicals, maps and Parliamentary publications.
Copac academic and national library catalogue: Gives free access to the merged online catalogues of major University and National Libraries in the UK and Ireland, including the British Library.
Familia: An index of local studies libraries.
Guildhall Library: Aldermanbury, London, EC2P 2EJ (020 7332 1852). Books, pamphlets and maps relating to the history of London in general, including its transport; convenient collections of Parliamentary publications and directories; Stock Exchange records containing a substantial collection of company prospectuses; Lloyds' s marine collection, including list of qualified Merchant Navy masters. Fire insurance company records. Images commercially available from Heritage Image Partnership. The Corporation of London Records Office is separately housed (in the North Office Block at Guildhall); its collections include earlier records of the Thames Conservancy. Access by public transport: St Paul's station (London Underground) nearby.
Halton Libraries: Widnes Library (Halton Libraries) Victoria Square, Widnes, WA8 7QY (0151 423 4818) Holds a large railway collection.
Imperial College Library: Imperial College Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 5NH (020 7938 8234). A collection strong in the field of technology. Holds early civil engineering reports, and early photographs of the Forth Bridge. Currently also provides access to the Science Museum Library.
John Rylands University Library of Manchester: 150 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3EH (0161 834 5343). Incorporates Kenneth Brown railway collection (early books, pamphlets, timetables, Acts of Parliament, engineering reports, maps and periodicals). Also includes material relating to Edmondson tickets, Graham Moss collection (early pamphlets) and George Miller and Eric Dyckhoff collections of transport ephemera. Robbins railway book collection. Tanks Group archive includes material on Benguela Railway.
Library of Birmingham: Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2ND (0121 242 4242). Includes Railway & Canal Historical Society deposits (library; Baxter tramroad collection; Taylor railway collection; Cohen collection related to Herefordshire navigations), R. B. Wilson collection (mainly printed primary sources relating to Great Western Railway and its constituents; also Chester & Holyhead), W. H. Bett ticket collection, etc. Local Studies Dept includes archives of Metropolitan-Cammell (rail vehicle builders), Boulton & Watt (pumping engines for canals, etc) and plans and other material relevant to West Midlands. Photographic collections. Access by public transport: Birmingham New Street station (National Rail) nearby.
Manchester Central Library: St Peter's Square, Manchester, M2 5PD (0161 234 1900). A major public reference library, with good holdings of Parliamentary publications and relevant periodicals. Local Studies Section includes printed and pictorial material. Publisher's file run of Bradshaw's timetable. Access by public transport: St Peter's Square stop (Metrolink) nearby.
Railway Studies Library: Newton Abbot Library, Bank Street, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 2RP (01626 206422). Significant collection of books on national railway history. Good range of specialist periodicals, timetables. Fast-growing collection of copies of railway articles from general periodicals, 19th century to the present. Limited opening hours. Holdings included in Devon Library & Information Services catalogue. Supported by the Friends of the Railway Studies Collection.
Stephenson Locomotive Society: Hersham. An enthusiast organisation's collection of books, periodicals and locomotive lists, drawings and photographs. Access to members.
Transport Ticket Society: Postal library restricted to members only, but its catalogue and a number of other useful resources are available via the Society's website.
Trinity College Library: College Street, Dublin 2, Republic of Ireland (00 353 1 608 1661). An important collection retaining the privilege of legal deposit of material published in the UK. Includes early pamphlet literature.
University of Bristol Library: Tyndall Avenue, Bristol, BS8 1TJ (0117 928 8017). Collection includes 19th-cent. controversial pamphlets, some of transport interest, from Gladstone Library of National Liberal Club. Archives include papers of the Brunel family of engineers and of Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust. Reference LEE, NICK (comp). The Brunel collection. 1993.
University of Kent: Templeman Library, University of Kent at Canterbury, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NU (01227 764000). Established a particularly strong collection in railway and other transport studies.
University of Lancaster: University Library, Bailrigg, Lancaster, LA1 4YH (01524 592515). The R.C. Ford Railway Collection comprises books, pamphlets and photographs mainly relating to the Midland Railway and its successors.
University of Leicester: University Library, P.O. Box 248, University Road, Leicester, LE1 9QD (0116 252 2031) Transport History Collection established since 1953 as major resource for academic study of the subject; particularly strong in railway books. Includes Woollatt gift (Great Western Railway material). The University is also the home of a digitised Historical Directories project.
University of London Library: Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU (020 7636 8000 x5081). A major research library, including collection of Parliamentary publications. Incorporates Goldsmith's Library of Economic Literature, including earlier printed books relating to railways and other forms of transport and Raistrick Collection of books and MSS mostly relating to inland navigation and early railways.
Working Class Movement Library: 51 The Crescent, Salford, M5 4WX (0161 736 3601). A collection of printed books and archival material strong in matters related to trade unionism.

Libraries and archives

Aberdeen University Library: Queen Mother Library, Meston Walk, Aberdeen, AB9 2UE (01244 272579). Contains the O' Dell Transport Collection: books and maps concerning railways and other transport internationally primarily from a geographical perspective; also archive material relating to Great North of Scotland and other Scottish railways. Library also holds G. W. Wilson photographic collection (much transport interest).
AIM25: A major project to provide electronic access to collection level descriptions of the archives of over ninety higher education institutions and learned societies within the greater London area.
Amberley Museum: Amberley, near Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9LT (01798 831370). Library holds a collection of photographs and other material relating to industrial and narrow gauge railways, particularly in the South of England. Other special interests of the Museum (located in chalk pits) include road construction and local buses. Access by public transport: Amberley station (National Rail) adjacent.
British Balloon Museum & Library: A dispersed collection of artefacts and records, with books, technical papers and journals held at Cranfield University.
Institution of Civil Engineers: Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AA (020 7222 7722). Professional institution library, developed from collections given by the canal and road engineer Thomas Telford. Books, pamphlets, reports, plans and periodicals in its specialist field from 17th century onwards. Archives of papers relating to William Jessop (canal engineer), the Rennie family (canal and bridge engineers), Telford, Marc Isambard Brunel (engineer of Thames Tunnel), William Mackenzie (railway contractor), and the Britannia Bridge; letters and reports of John Smeaton (waterway engineer); copies of diaries of James Brindley (canal engineer).
Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Information & Library Service, 1 Birdcage Walk, London, SW1H 9JJ (020 7973 1274). The Institution retains the archives and published proceedings of itself and its merged bodies including the Institutions of Locomotive and Automobile Engineers and the Association of Railway Locomotive Engineers. It collects the papers and drawings of Members, who include famous names in locomotive and automotive engineering such as George and Robert Stephenson, David Joy, Tom Hurry Riches (south Wales railways) and Frederick W. Lanchester. Company records include those of Livesey Henderson & Co. (railway contractors) and engineering companies D. Napier & Son, Jones & Potts, Joseph Whitworth & Co. and Nasmyth Gaskell & Co. Photographic collections relate to railways in Britain and overseas. The library contains useful runs of the key journals in its field.
Irish Railway Record Society: Heuston Station, Dublin 8, Republic of Ireland A long-established and professionally organised collection. The library contains books, periodicals, timetables, legal and statistical material and accident reports. The archives include maps, plans, photographs and personal collections, notably that of H. Fayle, and the Society has custody of non-current records of Córas Iompair Éireann and its constituents. Reference - IRISH RAILWAY RECORD SOCIETY. The Irish Railway Record Society 1946-1996: a commemorative booklet. Dublin, 1996.
Modern Records Centre: University Library, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL. An archive specialising in trade union, trade association and business records (especially strong in those related to road transport). Includes records of National Union of Railwaymen; records of Atkinson Vehicles Ltd; papers of C. S. Dunbar and G. W. Quick-Smith (relating to road transport organisation); Traffic Commissioners' Applications and Decisions (relating to goods vehicle licensing).
National Library of Ireland: Kildare Street, Dublin 2, Republic of Ireland (00 353 1 661 8811). The national collection. Photographic collections include James P. O'Dea collection (Irish railways 1937-66) and Boyne Viaduct album (1931-2). The Lawrence collection (much Irish transport interest) is in the National Photographic Archive, Meeting House Square.
National Library of Scotland: George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EW (0131 226 4531). The national collection of British material received on legal deposit, including maps and periodicals. Holdings also include some papers of the Rennie family of bridge and canal engineers and the Townley collection of locomotive photographs.
National Library of Wales: Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3BU (01970 623816). The national collection of material relating to Wales (and beyond) including books, periodicals and maps. Owing to the relatively late establishment of county record offices in Wales, the archives collection is especially important for the whole of the Principality. The most significant railway collection comprises the papers and plans of Henry Robertson (railway engineer - Denbighshire Record Office at Ruthin holds more on him). Other named collections in the Department of Pictures and Maps with railway content include: Scott-Archer (mid-Wales and Marches), Longueville and Wynnstay (both mid- and north Wales), Bute (Cardiff), Mayberry (south Wales), Jenkins Resolven and Harpton Court. Photographic collections include the work of J. Thomas.
National Museums & Galleries of Wales: Department of Industry, The Collections Centre, Heol Crochendy, Parc Nantgarw, CF15 7QT (029 2057 3560). Reference library and written and photographic archives relating to the industrial and transport history of Wales. Materials collection strong in tramroad material. Access by prior appointment.
Omnibus Society John F. Parke Memorial Library & Archive: 100-102 Sandwell Street, Walsall, WS5 3PR. Contains a large collection of books, fleet lists, periodicals, maps and the National Collection of Timetables relating to buses and bus services, including runs of Traffic Commissioners' Notices and Proceedings. Photographs, c.1930-60, by John F. Parke and others. The London collection is located at the London Transport Museum's Acton centre.
Science Museum Library & Archive: Science Museum at Wroughton, Hackpen Lane, Wroughton, Swindon, SN4 9NS (01793 846222). A significant collection of books, pamphlets, periodicals and archive materials relevant to technological history. Special collections include those of G.P. Bidder (railway engineering), Rhys Jenkins (early locomotives and steam road vehicles), T. S. Lascelles (railway signalling), C. E. Lee (transport history), H. A. Whitcombe (steam and other street tramways), P.C. Dewhurst (photographs of Midland Railway and South American railways), Robert Stephenson & Co (early locomotive construction), North British Locomotive Co. (Stephenson documents), railway civil engineers A. Gibb, G. Neumann and S. Pearson & Son, and the Crown Agents (on loan to Railworld, Peterborough); also the Tolhausen index to early periodicals. Science Museum images commercially available from Science & Society Picture Library. Access by appointment, Fridays only. Access by public transport: Swindon station (National Rail) 4 miles (6 km).
Scottish Archive Network: A project whose partners are the National Archives of Scotland (NAS), the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), and the Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU). The project aims to revolutionise access to Scotland's archives by providing a single electronic catalogue to the holdings of more than 50 Scottish archives.
Steam: Museum of the Great Western Railway: Kemble Drive, Swindon, SN2 2TA (01793 466646). Library of books and journals and archival material related to the G.W.R. and its Swindon works; reading room available. Access by public transport: Swindon station (National Rail) nearby.

Local Record Offices

Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Records Service: A comprehensive archive for the historic county of Bedfordshire, including Luton, and including contemporary records of archival value.
Bristol Record Office Online Catalogue: The Online Catalogue contains the fully searchable details of many records held by Bristol Record Office but users should be aware that it does not as yet contain references to every record held.
Ceredigion Archives: The Archives collects, preserves and makes available to the public all sorts of records about the history of Ceredigion, which is the county formerly known as Cardiganshire.
Cheshire and Chester Record Office: The Service collects and preserves historical records relating to both the ancient and modern county of Cheshire, the diocese and the city of Chester. It makes the records available for study free of charge by members of the public.
Durham County Record Office: Is responsible for collecting and preserving documents relating to County Durham and Darlington and for making those records available for study and research.
East Riding of Yorkshire Archives: THe Online Archive Catalogue of the East Riding of Yorkshire Archives and Local Studies Service, holding historical records dating from the 12th century to the present day.
Essex Archives Online: Provided by the Essex Record Office.
Gloucestershire Archives: This catalogue contains; brief details of all collections held by the Gloucestershire Record Office and full catalogues of all Anglican parish, school, Quarter Sessions and Petty Sessions records
Greater Manchester Record Office: 56 Marshall Street, New Cross, Manchester, M4 5FU (0161 832 5284). A county record office containing many items of interest relating to local transport, but noted here particularly because of its agreement with the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Society for the lodging of the Society's research materials on the L.&Y. Railway.
Gwynedd Archives: Online access is available to the Gwynedd Archives' On-line Catalogue service, which includes 12,000 pages and 2,000 images.
Hampshire Record Office: The online catalogue contains 700,000 descriptions of archives held at Hampshire Record Office and the Wessex Film and Sound Archive, representing around 90% of our catalogued records.
Liverpool & Merseyside Record Offices: The Online Catalogue includes 20,000 photographs from the City Engineers Department, 1897-1960 and 2,000 images from the E. Chambre Hardman Collection catalogued in conjunction with The National Trust.
Norfolk Record Office: Online catalogue contains all new catalogues created since March 2000 plus electronic versions of many of the older paper catalogues available in the searchroom. More catalogue records are being added all the time.
Somerset Archive and Record Service: The online catalogue is now available, and is updated monthly.
Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service: Also includes the William Salt Library and the Staffordshire Arts and Museum Service.
Surrey History Centre Archives: Surrey History Centre collects archives and printed materials relating to Surrey's past and present.
Warwickshire County Record Office: Priory Park, Cape Road, Warwick, CV34 4JS (01926 738959).
West Sussex Record Office: Orchard Street, Chichester (correspondence to: County Hall, Chichester, PO19 1RN) (01243 753600). Contains the customary sources on local railways, waterways and roads to be expected of a county record office; noted here for holding the Ronald Shephard Railway Collection of books, periodicals and photographs.
West Yorkshire Archive Service: The Archive Service exists to preserve the county's heritage of historical documents and to help members of the public make use of them.

Museums

Bath Postal Museum: 27 Northgate, Bath, BA1 1AJ (01225 460333) (moving at the end of 2007 to Green Street). Small research collection on postal history.
Beamish: The North of England Open Air Museum, Beamish, County Durham, DH9 0RG (0191 370 4000). The Museum's considerable three-dimensional collections are supplemented by its Regional Resource Centre including printed material, trade literature, photographic library and oral history recordings. Beamish has a special interest in railways of the c.1825 era. Access by prior appointment.
British Commercial Vehicle Museum: King Street, Leyland, Lancs., PR5 1LE (01772 451011). Houses an extensive archive of photographs, records and technical literature. Information included in Discovery.
British Postal Museum & Archive: Postal Heritage Trust, Freeling House, Phoenix Place, Mount Pleasant, London, WC1X 0DL (020 7239 2570). The public archives of the Post Office (Royal Mail Group), including its use of transport, from the 17th century onwards. Its catalogue is included in that of the Public Record Office (class POST). On-line catalogue.
Canal Museum: Stoke Bruerne, Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 7SE (01604 862229). Houses some archival material primarily relating to narrow canals.
Coventry Transport Museum: St Agnes Lane, Hales Street, Coventry, CV1 1PN (024 7683 2425). Museum of British road transport; includes substantial collections of technical literature and photographs. New archive & library (available by appointment) opening early 2007.
Head of Steam (Darlington): Formerly Darlington Railway Centre & Museum. North Road Station, Darlington, Co. Durham, DL3 6ST (01325 460532). The Ken Hoole Study Centre houses the reference collection (papers, books and photographs mainly relating to railways in the North East) left by railway historian Ken Hoole. The Study Centre also contains the library collection of the North Eastern Railway Association, records of the North Eastern Railway Servants' Pension Society, pictorial records of the Cleveland Bridge & Engineering Co., and other archive material. Open by appointment. Access by public transport: Darlington North Road station (National Rail) adjacent.
Hovercraft Museum Trust: Argus Gate, Chark Lane (off Broom Way), Lee-on-Solent, Hampshire, PO13 9NY (023 9255 2090) Administers an extensive library of books, moving images and other resources on the history and operation of hovercraft.
Ipswich Transport Museum: Old Trolleybus Depot, Cobham Road, Ipswich, IP3 9JD (01473 715666). Specialises in transport used or built in the surrounding area of Suffolk and includes a library, archives, plans, photographic and ticket collections.
Kidderminster Railway Museum: Station Approach, Comberton Hill, Kidderminster, Worcs., DY10 1QX (01562 825316) Collection of material especially relating to Great Western Railway and signalling. Photographic archive, including collections of B. Moone, W. Potter and V.R. Webster. Access by prior appointment. Access by public transport: Kidderminster stations (National Rail/Severn Valley Railway) adjacent.
London Canal Museum: The collection includes artifacts and archives relating to the canals of London and the ice trade.
London Transport Museum: The Piazza, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7BB (020 7379 6344). Photograph and poster collections online (over 28,000 images). Museum galleries online. Library collection relating to London's Transport - past, present and future. Reinohl collection of bus and tram tickets and related material. Collection of material relating to Frank Pick. Majority of collections stored at the Museum Depot, Acton Town, where the Omnibus Society's London collection is also located.
Museum of English Rural Life: University of Reading, Redlands Road, Reading, RG1 5EX (0118 378 8660). The Museum's archives and photographic collections include those of the following builders of steam vehicles: Clayton & Shuttleworth; John Fowler & Co (Leeds) Ltd; Marshall, Sons & Co Ltd; Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies Ltd; Wallis & Steevens Ltd; also the National Traction Owners' & Users' Association.
National Maritime Museum: Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF (020 8312 6607). The Centre for Maritime Research incorporates the Caird Library covering all aspects of maritime history; collections of historic photographs, prints and drawings, and ship plans (including railway ships); and archive collections including that of C. Grasemann (Southern Railway and other short sea shipping), records of South Western Steam Packet Co., Coast Lines Ltd, and (in part) Port of London Authority, and 10% sample of crew agreements. Access by public transport: Cutty Sark (Docklands Light Railway) or Maze Hill (National Rail) stations nearby.
National Motor Museum: Beaulieu, Brockenhurst, Hants., SO42 7ZN (01590 612345). The Reference Library contains a major collections of published books, manufacturers' literature and periodicals (comprehensively indexed) on motor transport. There are also major Photographic and Audio-Visual Libraries. Images commercially available from Heritage Image Partnership.
National Railway Museum: Leeman Road, York, YO2 4XJ (01904 621261). The NRM's new Search Engine gives access to library collections which contain an important collection of books on railway development in Britain and elsewhere, together with runs of technical and specialist periodicals, timetables, statistics and accident reports. Its Catalogue is available online. The photographic collection is made up of more than 1.4 million images from over 180 collections originating with railway companies, the railway supply industry and amateurs. The archive collection consists largely of technical material concerning the development of locomotives and rolling stock and includes specifications, reports, correspondence and engineering drawings from railways and the railway supply industry. Home of the National Archive of Railway Oral History. The pictorial collections contain paintings, prints, engravings and posters. Images commercially available from Science & Society Picture Library. Access by public transport: York station (National Rail) with footbridge access.
National Tramway Museum: Tramway Village, Crich, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 5DP (01773 852565). The John Price Memorial Library is a professionally organised collection (catalogues available online) devoted to public passenger transport history, street tramways in particular. Runs of relevant contemporary periodicals. Photographic collection. Access by public transport: National Rail stations at Whatstandwell (steep uphill walk) or Matlock (bus connections).
Ulster Folk and Transport Museum: Cultra, Holywood, Co. Down, BT18 0EU (028 9042 8428). The museum's collections and archives are rich in material relating to transport in Ireland, supplemented by the deposit in its library of the McNeill-Green collection which concentrates on books and timetables relating to Irish shipping and railways, and British bus timetables.
Waterways Archive: The David Owen Waterways Archive, National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port, South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, CH65 4FW (0151 373 4378). British Waterways Archive. Also contains significant collection of books and periodicals relating to inland waterways worldwide (including I.W.A. John Heap Library and collections of Daphne Rosewell, Fred Doerflinger and Denys Hutchings). Charles Hadfield' s world canals research papers. Archive collections include Shropshire Union Railways & Canal Co. minutes. Photographic collections (including those of Eric de Maré, Hugh McKnight and Michael Ware). Oral history recordings. Virtual Waterways Archive Catalogue also gives access to related items in other repositories.
West Country Historic Omnibus & Transport Trust: Enquiries to: 13 Dokkum Road, Crediton, Devon, EX17 3DJ. Assembling photographic and archive collections relating to road transport in south west England; museum and archive in development.

Other organisations

AirportWatch: An umbrella movement uniting national environmental organisations, airport community groups, and individuals opposed to unsustainable aviation expansion, and its damaging environmental effects, including climate change and noise.
Camden Railway Heritage Trust: The area formerly occupied by Camden Goods Depot, together with associated sites in the close vicinity, is rich in industrial heritage. The arrival of first the Regent’s Canal in 1816 and then the London & Birmingham Railway in 1837 at the Hampstead Road created an important transport interchange and led to Camden’s rapid social and industrial development. The website provides the historical background and presents the heritage features, both above and below ground, many of national and international significance, including locomotive and goods storage sheds, vaults and tunnels, and stables ranges. It introduces the Trust and its role in protecting this heritage and making it known to a wider public through creation of a heritage trail, publication of a trail guide, guided walks, talks and other events.
Institute of Railway Studies & Transport History: a joint initiative of the National Railway Museum and the University of York
Waterways Trust: A national charity which works with others to promote greater public enjoyment of our inland waterways and their heritage.

Other useful links

British Newspaper Archive: ‘The British Newspaper Archive website will offer access to up to 4 million fully searchable pages, featuring more than 200 newspaper titles from every part of the UK and Ireland. The newspapers mainly date from the 19th century, but also include runs dating back to the first half of the 18th century.’ Searching is free, but charges are made to view the newspaper page images.
British Transport Police History Group: For resources for the history of the police forces which protected the railways, canals and docks.
Canal Junction: For more about canal holidays & canal heritage.
CanalScape-BCN: A discussion group for the interchange of information researched by experts, key enthusiasts and waterway workers for the benefit of protecting existing waterway heritage in the Midlands.
CanalScape-London: A discussion group open to all which is intended to encompass all aspects of preservation, conservation and heritage matters relating to canals within the London area.
Cash railways: A web site devoted to the 'cash railways' once widely used to carry customers' payments to the cashier in shops and the change and receipt back with a list of all the past or present locations
George's canal boating in the U.K. and Europe: An introduction for those unfamiliar with the pleasures of canal and waterway cruising, as well as a resource for experienced boaters
Gloucester Docks and the Sharpness Canal: The main features of Gloucester Docks and the 16-mile ship canal link to Sharpness Docks and the sea. Brief details are given about the history of what can be seen today, with many comparisons of old and recent views. Information is also provided about vessels and people associated with the waterway and plans for developments.
Historical Directories: A digital library of selected local and trade directories for England and Wales, from 1750 to 1919. It contains high quality reproductions but coverage in terms of both place and date is variable
Jim Shead's Waterways Information: An encyclopedia of the canals and rivers of England and Wales, including historical data, provided by Jim Shead, Waterways Writer and Photographer.
Measuring worth: Provides a variety of calculators of the comparative value of money over time, together with thoughtful discussion of the subject.
Movable bridges: A descriptive list of movable bridges in the British Isles of every type with over 1,500 entries
National Maritime Museum's PORT: Maritime Information Gateway to information, covering subjects from naval history, shipbuilding and Horatio Nelson, to naval genealogy and maritime archaeology.
railwaycanal discussion group: To join send a blank e-mail to railwaycanal-subscribe@egroups.com
The Engineer: A fairly complete run of The Engineer between 1888 and 1926 in pdf format
Time and date: Provides, among other things, a perpetual calendar for any chosen year.

Railways

Abortive railway projects: proposed repeals: A consultation document from the Law Commission proposing to repeal statute law for a number of abortive railway schemes from the 19th century in the UK and ROI. Includes details of history and route of each scheme.
Association pour l'histoire des chemins de fer en France: L'AHICF, constituée en 1987 à l'initiative commune de représentants des entreprises ferroviaires françaises et de membres de l'Université, est vouée à l'histoire des transports par fer et de leurs réseaux, des hommes qui les construisent, les exploitent et les utilisent.
Camden Railway Heritage Trust: The area formerly occupied by Camden Goods Depot, together with associated sites in the close vicinity, is rich in industrial heritage. The arrival of first the Regent’s Canal in 1816 and then the London & Birmingham Railway in 1837 at the Hampstead Road created an important transport interchange and led to Camden’s rapid social and industrial development. The website provides the historical background and presents the heritage features, both above and below ground, many of national and international significance, including locomotive and goods storage sheds, vaults and tunnels, and stables ranges. It introduces the Trust and its role in protecting this heritage and making it known to a wider public through creation of a heritage trail, publication of a trail guide, guided walks, talks and other events.
Great Eastern Railway Society: Contains information on history of the Great Eastern Railway, its predecessors and successors, and on the activities of the Society. The files emporium offers a wide range of digitised historic documents which can be downloaded on payment of a fee.
Industrial Locomotive Society: Primarily matters of historical interest in locomotives in industrial service.
Industrial Railway Society: Interest in industrial railways and locomotives past and present; maintains extensive records and photographic archives and publishes definitive works on the subject.
Institute of Railway Studies & Transport History: a joint initiative of the National Railway Museum and the University of York
Railways Staff Registers Online: Cheshire and Chester Archives holds 17 staff registers of the following railway companies: Cambrian Railway, Great Western Railway, London and North Western Railway and the London and North Western and Great Western Joint Railway
Welsh Railways Research Circle: WRRC brings together researchers and modellers by providing members with a forum for discussion, facilities to carry out research and the means of disseminating the results of research through regular publication of a journal.

Roads and road transport

Bodleian Library/Toyota City Imaging Project: A collection of motoring and transport images from the John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera.
British Commercial Vehicle Museum: King Street, Leyland, Lancs., PR5 1LE (01772 451011). Houses an extensive archive of photographs, records and technical literature. Information included in Discovery.
British Trolleybuses: An online database and archive.
CBRD (Chris's British Road Directory) is: A repository of information on the roads of mainland Britain
Coventry Transport Museum: St Agnes Lane, Hales Street, Coventry, CV1 1PN (024 7683 2425). Museum of British road transport; includes substantial collections of technical literature and photographs. New archive & library (available by appointment) opening early 2007.
Motorway Archive: An archive of information relating to the history and administration of the motorway network in the United Kingdom.
National Motor Museum: Beaulieu, Brockenhurst, Hants., SO42 7ZN (01590 612345). The Reference Library contains a major collections of published books, manufacturers' literature and periodicals (comprehensively indexed) on motor transport. There are also major Photographic and Audio-Visual Libraries. Images commercially available from Heritage Image Partnership.
National Tramway Museum: Tramway Village, Crich, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 5DP (01773 852565). The John Price Memorial Library is a professionally organised collection (catalogues available online) devoted to public passenger transport history, street tramways in particular. Runs of relevant contemporary periodicals. Photographic collection. Access by public transport: National Rail stations at Whatstandwell (steep uphill walk) or Matlock (bus connections).
Omnibus Society John F. Parke Memorial Library & Archive: 100-102 Sandwell Street, Walsall, WS5 3PR. Contains a large collection of books, fleet lists, periodicals, maps and the National Collection of Timetables relating to buses and bus services, including runs of Traffic Commissioners' Notices and Proceedings. Photographs, c.1930-60, by John F. Parke and others. The London collection is located at the London Transport Museum's Acton centre.
Roads & Road Transport History Association: Founded in 1992, promotes, encourages and co-ordinates the study of the history of roads, road passenger transport and the carriage of goods.
SABRE: A group interested in the history, design, geography and structure of the British and Irish road network; a forum for ideas and opinions and a hub for information for better understanding of the UK and RoI road network and its history.
West Country Historic Omnibus & Transport Trust: Enquiries to: 13 Dokkum Road, Crediton, Devon, EX17 3DJ. Assembling photographic and archive collections relating to road transport in south west England; museum and archive in development.

Societies

Association for Industrial Archaeology: Industrial Archaeology.
Association pour l'histoire des chemins de fer en France: L'AHICF, constituée en 1987 à l'initiative commune de représentants des entreprises ferroviaires françaises et de membres de l'Université, est vouée à l'histoire des transports par fer et de leurs réseaux, des hommes qui les construisent, les exploitent et les utilisent.
Friends of the Railway Studies Collection: Established in 1992 the Friends support the collection by various means including volunteering for Saturday opening hours, fund raising for the purchase of new titles for the Collection or giving specialist advice on the many unidentified photographs and slides held by the Collection.
Great Eastern Railway Society: Contains information on history of the Great Eastern Railway, its predecessors and successors, and on the activities of the Society. The files emporium offers a wide range of digitised historic documents which can be downloaded on payment of a fee.
Industrial Locomotive Society: Primarily matters of historical interest in locomotives in industrial service.
Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Society: The L&YR Society is devoted to the research and dissemination of information about the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway throughout its 75 years of existence and beyond.
Narrow Gauge Railway Society: Interest in all aspects of narrow gauge railways worldwide; maintains members' library.
Newcomen Society: The Newcomen Society is the world's oldest learned society devoted to the study of the history of engineering and technology. The Society is based in London and is concerned with all branches of engineering: civil, mechanical, electrical, structural, aeronautical, marine, chemical and manufacturing.
Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust: Promotes the history and engineering heritage of Rolls-Royce and its constituents.
Signalling Record Society: The Society maintains and shares knowledge of Railway Signalling and Operation in the British Isles and Overseas. They possess much archive material and have expertise which can assist those studying and researching these topics. They also publish books, photographs and drawings.
Welsh Railways Research Circle: WRRC brings together researchers and modellers by providing members with a forum for discussion, facilities to carry out research and the means of disseminating the results of research through regular publication of a journal.

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