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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.
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.
'None but Company's horses' notice
Notice, wooden, "None but Company's horses allowed to drink at this trough", ex Camden Goods Depot.
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.
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.
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.
Mason's Arms Crossing signal box nameboard
Signal box nameboard, Masons Arms Crossing.
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.
Notice, Engine Ashes Only
Notice, wooden, "ENGINE ASHES ONLY", black on white.
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."
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.
Enamel notice, Dinorwic Quarries Railway
Notice, enamel, Dinorwic Quarries Railway, Rules Regulations & Conditions, 1895, in English and Welsh.
Decorated keystone from South Stockton arch, Thornaby station
Keystone from a decorative arch at South Stockton station on the Stockton & Darlington Railway, about 1842. The face of the stone depicts the head of an old, bearded man surrounded by vines and ivy, probably a Green Man or perhaps the Greek and Roman god Dionysus/Bacchus. On the reverse of the stone are bunches of grapes and vine leaves.
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".
North Eastern Railway trespassing notice
Cast iron notice, North Eastern Railway, public warning not to trespass, white letters on black background.
Railway footbridge from Percy Main Colliery station
Footbridge; North Eastern Railway; Cast Iron; ex Percy Main station
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
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.
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.
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.
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_".
prize length sign
Railway sign, British Rail (Scottish Region), PRIZE LENGTH, ex Stanley Junction-Forfar length, metal, cut-away letters
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.
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.
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.
Cast iron sign, Hull & Barnsley Railway
Cast iron sign, Hull & Barnsley Railway, Public Warning not to trespass sec. George Scaum.
Station seat-back sign, Wetherby
Station seat-back sign, North Eastern Railway, cast iron, "Wetherby".
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.
Enamel station sign, British Rail (North Eastern Region) - 'Leeds Central'
Station sign,enamel totem, British Rail (North Eastern Region), 'Leeds Central'.
colman's starch enamel sign
Enamel sign, Colman's Starch, top half red, bottom half black with white lettering, framed for South Yard events.
Illuminated sign, "Underground"
Sign, "Underground" sign, circular and illuminated internally. Shows large "U" and an arrow.
bridge plaque - 1855
Cast metal bridge plaque with laurel wreaths surrounding the date "1855", from Great Howard Street railway bridge in Liverpool, originally mounted with a bronze bust of the deputy chairman of the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway, William Stuart.
British Transport Commission trespass notice
Notice, enamel, British Transport Commission, trespass notice, black letters on white background.
Cast iron notice, Rhymney Railway
Cast iron notice, Rhymney Railway, Notice regarding trespassing, in both English & Welsh, white letters on black background.
Cast iron notice, Cheshire Lines Committee
Cast iron sign, Cheshire Lines Committee, re Private property.
Cast iron sign, Lancashire & Yorkshire and Great Northern Railway
Cast iron sign, Lancashire & Northern Railway and Great Northern Railway, Public notice not to trespass, white letters on black background.
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
Enamel totem, British Railways (North Eastern Region) - 'Chesterfield Central'
Enamel station sign, British Railways (North Eastern Region), totem, 'Chesterfield Central'.
Crewe Collection of Permanent Way Material
Rail section, bridge rail, reputedly Cromford & High Peak, marked '291' [catalogue number], ex Crewe Collection.
winchmore hill passimeter
Passimeter office, London & North Eastern Railway, ex Winchmore Hill, wooden and glass four-sided structure with ticket desk
Cast iron milepost, North Eastern Railway - Masham Branch
Milepost, North Eastern Railway, zero post, cast iron, painted white, rectangular top marked "ZE/RO" with plate beneath marked "Mas Br". Masham Branch.
Wooden platform sign with metal lettering, London Tilbury & Southend Railway
Wooden platform sign with metal lettering, London Tilbury & Southend Railway, 'To trains for South Tottenham... ', white on red, poor condition.
Enamel sign, North Eastern Railway
Sign, enamel, North Eastern Railway, 'GENERAL OFFICE', cream on brown, marked '402 Patent Enamel Co Ltd B'ham'. Dimensions 5.5 x 20 in (139.7 x 508 mm).
Highland Railway station sign, 'Dalnaspidal'
Station sign, Highland Railway, 'Dalnaspidal', (Perth - Aviemore line), wood with letters in relief, blue and white (17" high x 193" long).