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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.
Stone rail from the Hay Tor Tramway
Stone rail from the Hay Tor Tramway, Dartmoor, Devon, c. 1826.
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.
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.
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.
Notice, Engine Ashes Only
Notice, wooden, "ENGINE ASHES ONLY", black on white.
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, portion of rivetted girder from Britannia Bridge
Railway bridge section, portion of rivetted girder from Britannia Bridge, Menai Straits, with painted inscription LAST RIVET / MARCH 5 1850 / R.STEPHENSON.
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."
Managers plaque, Shildon works
Wall plaque, Works Managers, Shildon 1835-1984.
Mason's Arms Crossing signal box nameboard
Signal box nameboard, Masons Arms Crossing.
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.
enamel sign - platform 5
Enamel sign, British Rail (North Eastern Region), Platform 5, double-sided, white on orange, ex York Station.
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.
Crewe Collection of Permanent Way Material
Rail assembly, with chair, double-headed rail, wedge and key, experimental, 1860, marked '380' [catalogue number], ex Crewe Collection.
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.
Railway footbridge from Percy Main Colliery station
Footbridge; North Eastern Railway; Cast Iron; ex Percy Main station
Decorated keystone from South Stockton arch, Thornaby station
Keystone from decorative arch, Stockton & Darlington Railway, human head on one side and grapes on the other, ex South Stockton station, now Thornaby.
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 boundary marker, London & South Western Railway
Boundary marker, London & South Western Railway, cast iron.
Section of laminated timber bridge from Newcastle & North shields Railway, 1839
Section of bridge, Newcastle & North Shields Railway, laminated timber, designed by John and Benjamin Green, Engineers, from bridge over the Borough Road, North Shields, built 1839, demolished 1937.
hull barnsley & west riding junction railway wagon plate
Wagon plate, Hull Barnsley & West Riding Junction Railway and Dock Company, "HB&WR 1 Jn Ry & Dk Co", cast iron, rectangular with concave corners, white on black.
british railways maintenance notice
Notice, British Railways (Southern Region), BR Maintenance Ends, cast iron, oval.
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
Notice, Midland Railway
Bridge notice, Midland Railway, signed James Williams, 1875, white letters on red
Demonstration "Dowty" retarder
Three Dowty Retarders, exploded to show mechanisms, 5 foot/second retarder, 4 and 12 foot/second booster retarders, in display case, British Railways, c1967, fitted to track in marshalling yard and used to speed or slow wagons during marshalling.
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.
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.
Two lengths of wrought iron fish-belly rail with projection
Two lengths of wrought iron fish-belly rail with projection to fit cavity in chair, with three chairs and two stone sleepers. W Losh's patent, 1828.
Insulator, porcelain cut-in insulator, 6.25Kv, BR CE overhead line conversion from 1500v DC to 6.25/ 25Kv ac
Insulator, porcelain cut-in insulator, 6.25Kv, BR CE overhead line conversion from 1500v DC to 6.25/ 25Kv ac, 1960, on presentation mahogany plinth, as presented to C.R. Jones, BR electric overhead line engineer, on his retirement, 5th May 1989.
Bridge spanner and nut, London & North Western Railway
Bridge spanner, London & North Western Railway, large open-ended spanner for tightening bolts on Britannia Tubular Bridge, with nut. Nut: 85 mm x 160 mm; spanner: 1590 mm x 243 mm x 23 mm.
Section of Atmospheric Pipe, South Devon Railway between Exeter & Totnes, 22" internal diameter, mounted on wooden shield. Text states that 15" [internal diameter] was used on the flat and 22" on gradients (presumably after Newton Abbott).
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.
great northern railway bridge plate 19
Bridge plate, Great Northern Railway, GNR 19, cast iron, oval, white on black.
Trespass notice, Kent & East Sussex Railway
Notice, enamel, Kent & East Sussex Railway, 'Public Notice not to trespass', black letters on white background
Metal sign, London & North Eastern Railway
Metal sign, North Eastern Railway, 'Trespassers will be prosecuted'. White on black with white border.
Enamel fire buckets sign, Midland Railway
Enamel sign, Midland Railway, These buckets must be kept full of clean water and used only in case of fire, Jan 1909. White blue and red.
Cast iron trackside sign, Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway
Trackside sign, Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway, cast iron, conductor rail warning and trespass, from a level crossing north of Tottingham Viaduct (grid ref SD778 138) on the Bury-Holcombe Brook branch.
Cast iron notice, Rhymney Railway
Cast iron notice, Rhymney Railway, Notice regarding trespassing, in both English & Welsh, white letters on black background.
North Eastern Railway trespassing notice
Cast iron notice, North Eastern Railway, public warning not to trespass, white letters on black background.
Cast iron notice, South Eastern & Chatham Railway
Cast iron sign, South Eastern & Chatham Railway, Warning. Trespassing. 1901. C. Sheath.
Notice, London & North Western and Lancashire & Yorkshire Railways
Cast iron sign, LNW & LYR, Notice regarding mechanically driven capstans, white letters on black background
Section of track
Section of track, section of track consisting of 2 wooden rails and 2 wooden sleepers from Groverake coal mine near Blanchland, Co Durham, c1750, 18'' narrow gauge.
Enamel notice, London, Brighton & South Coast Railway
Enamel notice, London, Brighton & South Coast Railway, Propping up of wagon doors for support of coal weighing machines ... .