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Rail Travel Collection

"Journey through Time

Background imageRail Travel Collection: Railway poster, c1908

Railway poster, c1908
Poster used to promote the Selsey Tram which ran from Chichester to Selsey from 1897 to 1935 Additional Manuscript Collection West Sussex Record Office Ref No: Add Mss 13773

Background imageRail Travel Collection: Class 55 DELTIC. 5 November 1981

Class 55 DELTIC. 5 November 1981
Class 55 Deltic 55002 The Kings Own Light Infantry outside York station with York Minster in the background, 5 November 1981

Background imageRail Travel Collection: Liverpool Street station, Great Eastern Railway. 1 June 1920

Liverpool Street station, Great Eastern Railway. 1 June 1920. Platform number 1

Background imageRail Travel Collection: York, North Eastern Railway

York, North Eastern Railway. View of the grand office building for the North Eastern Railway headquarters, later used by the LNER and British Railways. It is now a hotel

Background imageRail Travel Collection: London Victoria station, Southern Railway, 1930s

London Victoria station, Southern Railway, 1930s
London Victoria station, Southern Railway. View across the concourse along platforms 9 and 10, very crowded at rush hour, about 1938. At the end of the platform is a W H Smith bookstall

Background imageRail Travel Collection: London Paddington station, Great Western Railway, 1840

London Paddington station, Great Western Railway, 1840
London Paddington station, Great Western Railway at night. Watercolour of the original station in 1840. Passengers are boarding trains, some of them carrying trunks

Background imageRail Travel Collection: York station, North Eastern Railway, August 1906

York station, North Eastern Railway, August 1906
York station, North Eastern Railway. Looking north inside the station along the nearly empty main southbound platform 4, showing the roof and ironwork with suspended gas lamps. August 1906

Background imageRail Travel Collection: York station, North Eastern Railway

York station, North Eastern Railway, about 1880. View along the curving platform with a waiting passenger train

Background imageRail Travel Collection: York, Holgate Bridge, London and North Eastern Railway. 1937

York, Holgate Bridge, London and North Eastern Railway. 1937. At Holgate bridge, a signal gantry stands high above the tracks on the approach into York station

Background imageRail Travel Collection: Liverpool Street station, Great Eastern Railway. 9 June 1920

Liverpool Street station, Great Eastern Railway. 9 June 1920. View of the platforms and station clock

Background imageRail Travel Collection: Kings Cross station, London, Great Northern Railway

Kings Cross station, London, Great Northern Railway. View of tracks 6 to 10, with several passenger carriages in view. There is a height gauge over the centre track

Background imageRail Travel Collection: Kings Cross station, London, British Railways, c1949-1950

Kings Cross station, London, British Railways, c1949-1950
Kings Cross station, London, British Railways. View along the busy platform 10, with the 10.00 service to Edinburgh (the Flying Scotsman) preparing for departure. c1949-50

Background imageRail Travel Collection: York station, 1953

York station, 1953. A member of the station staff checking a boys platform ticket. The man is wearing an LNER cap, although by this time he worked for the nationalised British Railways

Background imageRail Travel Collection: York station, London & North Eastern Railway, about 1951

York station, London & North Eastern Railway, about 1951
York station, London & North Eastern Railway. Looking north from the footbridge 1951ja A southbound train is arriving at platform 8 with A2 class 4-6-2 locomotive Edward Thompson

Background imageRail Travel Collection: York station, engine sheds and locomotive yards, London & North Eastern Railway

York station, engine sheds and locomotive yards, London & North Eastern Railway. Detailed plan of the layout of tracks and buildings, probably in the 1920s

Background imageRail Travel Collection: York North locomotive depot, London & North Eastern Railway, 29 April 1942

York North locomotive depot, London & North Eastern Railway, 29 April 1942
York North locomotive depot, London & North Eastern Railway. A4 locomotive 4-6-2 no. 4469 Sir Ralph Wedgwood damaged beyond repair as a result of a German air raid during the Second World War

Background imageRail Travel Collection: Kings Cross station, London, British Rail, January 1988

Kings Cross station, London, British Rail, January 1988
Kings Cross station, London, British Rail. View across the platforms with four InterCity 125 high speed train locomotives in view. 7 January 1988

Background imageRail Travel Collection: York station, June 1987

York station, June 1987. Platforms 10 and 11, showing an terminated intercity train and a Huddersfield bound Class 144 and Class 150 coupled together

Background imageRail Travel Collection: Midland Railway Class 2 4-4-0 steam locomotive number 2192. Bullt by Sharp, Stewart

Midland Railway Class 2 4-4-0 steam locomotive number 2192. Bullt by Sharp, Stewart and Co as 3802 in 1892. Rebuilt with H boiler in 1906 (as shown). Re no as 412 in 1907

Background imageRail Travel Collection: Midland Railway Class 4, 4-4-0 steam locomotive number 998. Built Derby in April 1909

Midland Railway Class 4, 4-4-0 steam locomotive number 998. Built Derby in April 1909. Renumbered as 808 in 1926. Withdrawn in February 1929

Background imageRail Travel Collection: Midland Railway 4-4-0 steam locomotive number 1738. Built Derby in November 1885 1738

Midland Railway 4-4-0 steam locomotive number 1738. Built Derby in November 1885 1738. Renumbered as 358 in 1907. Withdrawn in July 1929

Background imageRail Travel Collection: Midland Railway Class 3, 4-4-0 steam locomotive number 740. Built Derby in 1903 as 830

Midland Railway Class 3, 4-4-0 steam locomotive number 740. Built Derby in 1903 as 830. Renumbered as 740 in 1907. Withdrawn November 1949

Background imageRail Travel Collection: Ipswich station, about 1911

Ipswich station, about 1911. View from Ranelagh Road Crossing signal box looking towards the main line. Branch to lower goods yard in foreground, locomotive coal wagons against stops

Background imageRail Travel Collection: Liverpool Street station, about 1911

Liverpool Street station, about 1911. General view into station, suburban lines from platform 1 to 6 at right, local lines in centre foreground, the west side lines veer off to the left

Background imageRail Travel Collection: Ipswich Upper Yard railway sidings, about 1911

Ipswich Upper Yard railway sidings, about 1911
Ipswich Upper Yard, looking south-east close to the goods transhipment shed. There is a Great Eastern Railway gas tank wagon and two unventilated vans on the right

Background imageRail Travel Collection: York North Motive Power Depot

York North Motive Power Depot. North Eastern Railway locomotive 2-2-4T no. 1679

Background imageRail Travel Collection: York Carriage and Wagon Works

York Carriage and Wagon Works. Interior view of the carriage building shop, with six Travelling Post Office carriages under construction. 1933

Background imageRail Travel Collection: York station, London & North Eastern Railway

York station, London & North Eastern Railway. View from the south of a train leaving the station. The locomotive is ex-North Eastern Railway class R 4-4-0 no

Background imageRail Travel Collection: London Victoria station, British Railways, January 1949

London Victoria station, British Railways, January 1949
London Victoria station, British Railway. Part of the concourse showing the tea room in the central section of the station. 25 January 1949

Background imageRail Travel Collection: Kings Cross station, British Railways, c1950s

Kings Cross station, British Railways, c1950s. The luxury Queen of Scots Pullman train arriving into Kings Cross station, hauled by a Class A3 engine, built by the London & North Eastern Railway

Background imageRail Travel Collection: Ipswich, East Suffolk Junction, about 1911

Ipswich, East Suffolk Junction, about 1911
Ipswich railway line, 1911. East Suffolk Junction, possibly taken from London Road bridge, looking north-west. The Norwich main line continues straight ahead

Background imageRail Travel Collection: Shipley station, British Rail, July 1985

Shipley station, British Rail, July 1985
Shipley station, British Rail. The main station entrance. July 1985

Background imageRail Travel Collection: Hellifield Station, British Rail, 21 September 1984

Hellifield Station, British Rail, 21 September 1984. Showing the boarded up station buildings and platforms of this still functioning Settle to Carlisle line station

Background imageRail Travel Collection: York, locomotive signal box in locomotive yard

York, locomotive signal box in locomotive yard
Signal box in York locomotive yard, with a signal gantry in the foreground

Background imageRail Travel Collection: York station, North Eastern Railway, c1910

York station, North Eastern Railway, c1910
York station, North Eastern Railway. View of the station from platform 4, showing petrol electric railcar no. 317D at platform 5 after working the 08.52 Cawood-Selby-York service (arriving at 09.49)

Background imageRail Travel Collection: Outing by train JLP01_08_08838

Outing by train JLP01_08_08838
Laing staff and family members inside a train carriage during an outing of the London office to Bournemouth. This image was catalogued as part of the Breaking New Ground Project in partnership with

Background imageRail Travel Collection: Train journey JLP01_08_008834

Train journey JLP01_08_008834
A man and young girl seated in a train carriage with refreshments during an outing of Laings London office to Bournemouth, with the man reading a special coronation edition of Team Spirit

Background imageRail Travel Collection: Office outing JLP01_08_008887

Office outing JLP01_08_008887
BOURNEMOUTH CENTRAL STATION, BOURNEMOUTH, DORSET. A long queue of people at Bournemouth train station during an outing of Laings London office to Bournemouth

Background imageRail Travel Collection: Christmas in Australia, stopping the Train to go to a Christmas Party (engraving)

Christmas in Australia, stopping the Train to go to a Christmas Party (engraving)
1596359 Christmas in Australia, stopping the Train to go to a Christmas Party (engraving) by Wilson, Thomas Walter (1851-1912); Private Collection; (add.info.: Christmas in Australia)

Background imageRail Travel Collection: Poster advertising Le Markstein a new ski resort in the Vosges with Railways of Alsace

Poster advertising Le Markstein a new ski resort in the Vosges with Railways of Alsace and Lorraine (colour litho)
PER190926 Poster advertising Le Markstein a new ski resort in the Vosges with Railways of Alsace and Lorraine (colour litho) by Choucard (fl.c.1920); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageRail Travel Collection: Map of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway showing the line as surveyed by George Stephenson

Map of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway showing the line as surveyed by George Stephenson (colour litho)
3697573 Map of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway showing the line as surveyed by George Stephenson (colour litho) by English School

Background imageRail Travel Collection: Greeley Square, seen from Broadway and 34th St. New York City, 1898 (litho)

Greeley Square, seen from Broadway and 34th St. New York City, 1898 (litho)
745269 Greeley Square, seen from Broadway and 34th St. New York City, 1898 (litho) by American Photographer, (19th century); Private Collection; American, out of copyright

Background imageRail Travel Collection: Arrival of the husbands by train, 1908 (colour litho)

Arrival of the husbands by train, 1908 (colour litho)
CHT206282 Arrival of the husbands by train, 1908 (colour litho) by French School, (19th century); Bibliotheque des Arts Decoratifs, Paris

Background imageRail Travel Collection: Reproduction of a poster advertising the Auvergne Railway, France

Reproduction of a poster advertising the Auvergne Railway, France
STC138826 Reproduction of a poster advertising the Auvergne Railway, France, 1892 (colour litho) by Cheret, Jules (1836-1932); 98x70 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageRail Travel Collection: Porters and passengers outside Nicholas Railway Station, Nevsky Prospekt, St Petersburg

Porters and passengers outside Nicholas Railway Station, Nevsky Prospekt, St Petersburg
833387 Porters and passengers outside Nicholas Railway Station, Nevsky Prospekt, St Petersburg, 1913 (b/w photo) by Russian Photographer

Background imageRail Travel Collection: Porters and passengers outside Nicholas Railway Station, Nevsky Prospekt, St Petersburg

Porters and passengers outside Nicholas Railway Station, Nevsky Prospekt, St Petersburg
833378 Porters and passengers outside Nicholas Railway Station, Nevsky Prospekt, St Petersburg, c.1913 (b/w photo) by Russian Photographer



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"Journey through Time: A Glimpse into the Fascinating World of Rail Travel" Step back in time and immerse yourself in the golden age with this captivating collection of railway posters and iconic moments. From the c1908 Railway poster showcasing the allure of train journeys to the Class 55 DELTIC locomotive thundering through on 5 November 1981, each image tells a unique story. Transport yourself to York, where the North Eastern Railway proudly stands as a testament to its historical significance. Witness Liverpool Street station bustling with life on that memorable day, 1 June 1920, when Great Eastern Railway reigned supreme. London Victoria station beckons you into its charm from the enchanting 1930s era under Southern Railway's reign. Marvel at London Paddington station's grandeur since its inception by Great Western Railway in 1840 - an architectural masterpiece that has stood the test of time. The August 1906 photograph captures York station in all its glory during North Eastern Railway's heyday, while Holgate Bridge showcases London and North Eastern Railway's commitment to engineering excellence in 1937. Venture further south to Kings Cross station, where both Great Northern Railway and British Railways left their indelible mark on this iconic hub. Experience a moment frozen in time at Kings Cross station captured between c1949-1950 under British Railways' watchful eye. Finally, transport yourself back to York once more for a glimpse into everyday life at this bustling junction in 1953. Rail travel is not just about reaching your destination; it is about embarking on an unforgettable journey filled with history, innovation, and human connection. These images serve as reminders of how railways have shaped our world and continue to captivate us today – inviting us all aboard for an adventure like no other.