Search our collection
Follow the development of rail infrastructure from the wooden railways of the 18th century to 21st century technology, including track, signs and lineside equipment.
Arthington Tunnel memorial plaque, 1849
Memorial plaque, stone, to commemorate those killed during the construction of the Arthington (Bramhope) Tunnel, Leeds & Thirsk Railway, 1845-1849, erected by James Bray, Contractor, 1849, from Otley churchyard.
Mason's Arms Crossing signal box nameboard
Signal box nameboard, Masons Arms Crossing.
Stone rail from the Hay Tor Tramway
Stone rail from the Hay Tor Tramway, Dartmoor, Devon, c. 1826.
shrub hill road level crossing notice
Notice, wooden, Shrub Hill Road Level Crossing - Rules.
Sign, "Railway Street" - ex York City
1930 - 1960
A City of York Council sign for 'Railway Street', removed when it was renamed 'George Hudson Street' in 1971.
Cast iron sign, England/Scotland border
Cast iron sign, London & North Eastern Railway, England/Scotland border sign from Deadwater, red letters supported by a white beam, a rose and a thistle, a pike or halberd separates the 2 names at the border, dimensions: 100"H x 179" 15/16 W x 7" 3/8 D, 2450H x4750W x187Dmm.
Railway bridge section
Railway bridge section, portion of rivetted girder from Britannia Bridge, Menai Straits, with painted inscription LAST RIVET / MARCH 5 1850 / R.STEPHENSON.
Notice, Engine Ashes Only
Notice, wooden, "ENGINE ASHES ONLY", black on white.
Passenger safety notice, line crossing
Notice, wooden, "Passengers must not cross the line except by road", white on red.
Weather vane from Chester & Birkenhead Railway
Weather Vane, Chester & Birkenhead Railway, depicting first locomotive on Chester and Birkenhead Rly 1841, ex Birkenhead.
london midland & scottish railway car park sign
Sign, enamel, London Midland & Scottish Railway, "LMS CAR PARK", yellow arrow with blue lettering.
Managers plaque, Shildon works
Wall plaque, Works Managers, Shildon 1835-1984.
Cheshire Lines Committee notice, public conveniences
Notice, Cheshire Lines Committee, white letters on black background. "These closets are intended for the convenience of passengers only, workmen, cabmen, fishporters and idlers are not permitted to use them. By order."
Enamel notice, Dinorwic Quarries Railway
Notice, enamel, Dinorwic Quarries Railway, Rules Regulations & Conditions, 1895, in English and Welsh.
'None but Company's horses' notice
Notice, wooden, "None but Company's horses allowed to drink at this trough", ex Camden Goods Depot.
Forth Bridge Railway Co. rivet from Forth Bridge
Rivet, Forth Bridge Railway Co. Iron rivet with round head, mounted on wood base, from Forth Bridge, 1888 (removed 1984). Overall: 60 mm x 122 mm x 70 mm; rivet: 83 mm 41 mm.
Bridge used to span the River Gaunless at West Auckland
Bridge, Stockton & Darlington Railway, cast iron bridge reputed to be the first iron railway bridge, used to span the River Gaunless at West Auckland, designed by George Stephenson, built by John & Isaac Burrell, Newcastle upon Tyne between 1823-1825.
Cast iron notice, Great Southern & Western Railway
Cast iron notice, Great Southern & Western Railway, Pursuant to section 38 of the Great Southern & Western Railway Act 1903 the public are hereby warned not to Trespass upon this railway.
Railway footbridge from Percy Main Colliery station
Footbridge; North Eastern Railway; Cast Iron; ex Percy Main station
Notice, London & North Western and Lancashire & Yorkshire Railways
Cast iron sign, LNW & LYR, Notice regarding mechanically driven capstans, white letters on black background
World's longest station sign, Llanfair PG...
Enamel station sign, British Railways (London Midland Region), Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (the longest station name in the world) white letters on maroon, in 3 pieces, each piece 77"x12".
Cast iron notice, shut and fasten the gate
Cast iron notice, Any person who omits to shut and fasten this gate is liable to a penalty not exceeding forty shillings, black letters on white background
Rail chair, Great Northern Railway
Rail chair, Great Northern Railway, cast iron rail chair for double-headed rail, ex Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire. Dimensions, 343x117x138mm, Marked "GNR", "G&_", "_nsid_".
Cast iron bridge plate 114, Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway
Bridge plate, Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway, 114 M&GN, cast iron, oval, white on black.
Notice, Midland Railway
Bridge notice, Midland Railway, signed James Williams, 1875, white letters on red
North Eastern Railway trespassing notice
Cast iron notice, North Eastern Railway, public warning not to trespass, white letters on black background.
Cast iron bridge notice, Midland Railway
Notice, cast iron, Midland Railway, Bridge weight limits, signed by James Williams, April 28th 1875, black letters on white background
Euston Station gates
Station Gates, London & Birmingham Railway. Gates from 'Doric Arch' of Euston Station. Heavy wrought iron with ornamental locks bearing L & BR crest.
Cast iron sleeper
Sleeper, cast iron, for approximately 17'' gauge track, convex with hollow base, double flanged web along top edge rising to form two chairs, embossed 'A DER 1848', 35'' in length.
London & North Western & Great Western Railway bridge plate
Bridge plate, London & North Western Railway & Great Western Railway Joint Lines, L&NWR & GW Joint Lines 1, cast iron, oval.
Totem, aluminium, BR (LMR), Leeds City, Dimensions: 48"x18"
Totem, aluminium, British Rail (London Midland Railway), Leeds City, Dimensions: overall: 460 mm x 1217 mm x 15 mm.
Illuminated sign, "Underground"
Sign, "Underground" sign, circular and illuminated internally. Shows large "U" and an arrow.
dundalk newry & greenore railway nuisance notice
Notice, metal and wood, Dundalk Newry & Greenore Railway, "Any person committing a nuisance will be prosecuted", white letters on black background with white border.
Cast iron notice, South Eastern & Chatham Railway
Cast iron sign, South Eastern & Chatham Railway, Warning. Trespassing. 1901. C. Sheath.
Cast iron notice, West Riding & Grimsby Railway
Cast iron sign, West Riding & Grimsby Railway. Public warning not to trespass, 1896.
Cast iron sign
Cast iron sign, Somerset & Dorset Joint Line, 'Trespassing on the railway' (white on green).
Enamel notice, North Eastern Railway, re level crossings
Enamel notice, North Eastern Railway, regarding level crossings, black letters on white background
Cast iron notice, Great Northern Railway
Cast iron notice, Great Northern Railway, 'Public Warning not to trespass', white letters on black background
Notice - BP & GV Trespass
Notice - Burry Port & Gwendreath Valley Railway regarding trespassing on the railway, black letters on white background
Laying-out peg, Great Western Railway
Laying-out peg, Great Western Railway, original setting-out peg complete with nail on which the line was fixed, recovered in 1934 from the position which indicated the face line of the original station building at Wolverhampton (Low level) Station, opened in 1854, framed and glazed.
Wills Capstan Navy Cut Tobacco & Cigarettes
Enamel sign, "Wills Capstan Navy Cut Tobacco & Cigarettes" Red & black letters on white, Dimensions: 72"x15"
colman's starch enamel sign
Enamel sign, Colman's Starch, top half red, bottom half black with white lettering, framed for South Yard events.
prize length sign
Railway sign, British Rail (Scottish Region), PRIZE LENGTH, ex Stanley Junction-Forfar length, metal, cut-away letters
London & North Western Railway chair for BS95 rail
London & North Western Railway chair for BS95 rail, 1905. Chair dated 1908, mounted on sleeper end with brass plate giving details of rails, chairs and fastenings.
Boundary marker from Stockton & Darlington Railway
Boundary marker, Stockton & Darlington Railway, marked S&DR, stone, c1825.
Cast iron sign, Hull, Barnsley & West Riding Junction Railway
Cast iron sign, Hull, Barnsley & West Riding Junction Railway & Dock Co., Public warning regarding trespass signed G. Scaum, Secretary, white letters on black background.
Signal box nameboard, Widenhaugh East, Dimensions: 79"x12"
Signal box nameboard, Widenhaugh East, Dimensions: 79"x12"
newhaven harbour co bridge byelaws notice
Notice, wooden, Newhaven Harbour Co., Byelaws relating to the new bridge at Newhaven, 1867.
Bronze bust of William Stuart
Bronze bust of Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Deputy Chairman William Stuart, by Edward Davis, 1855. The bust was mounted on Great Howard Street bridge in Liverpool.