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Rail Transport Collection

Rail transport has long been an integral part of the Weald of Kent's history, connecting communities and facilitating trade

Background imageRail Transport Collection: Forth Bridge

Forth Bridge
Construction of the Forth Bridge, on the Firth of Forth at Queensferry in Lothian, 23rd June 1888. The steel cantilever construction was designed by John Fowler

Background imageRail Transport Collection: The Tube Station, c. 1932 (linocut printed in colours on tissue Japan)

The Tube Station, c. 1932 (linocut printed in colours on tissue Japan)
659543 The Tube Station, c.1932 (linocut printed in colours on tissue Japan) by Power, Cyril Edward (1874-1951); 25.5x29 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: The Tube Station)

Background imageRail Transport Collection: A London and North Eastern Railway poster advertising east coast journeys to Scotland

A London and North Eastern Railway poster advertising east coast journeys to Scotland
1198172 A London and North Eastern Railway poster advertising east coast journeys to Scotland, (colour lithograph) by Gawthorn

Background imageRail Transport Collection: Simplon-Orient-Express, Londres-le Caire, c. 1930

Simplon-Orient-Express, Londres-le Caire, c. 1930. Private Collection

Background imageRail Transport Collection: Poster advertising the Orient Express, 1888

Poster advertising the Orient Express, 1888. Private Collection

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

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

Background imageRail Transport Collection: The Weald of Kent, a Southern Railway advertising poster, c

The Weald of Kent, a Southern Railway advertising poster, c
1769903 The Weald of Kent, a Southern Railway advertising poster, c.1925 (colour lithograph) by Maxwell, Donald (1877-1936); 102x127 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: The Weald of Kent)

Background imageRail Transport 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 Transport 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 Transport 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 Transport 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 Transport Collection: A Southern Railway poster advertising Ramsgate, 1939 (colour lithograph)

A Southern Railway poster advertising Ramsgate, 1939 (colour lithograph)
1769905 A Southern Railway poster advertising Ramsgate, 1939 (colour lithograph) by Kenneth Shoesmith (1890-1939) & Verney L

Background imageRail Transport 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 Transport 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 Transport 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 Transport 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 Transport 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 Transport 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 Transport 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 Transport Collection: Rainhill Trials October 1829

Rainhill Trials October 1829
These trials for early steam locomotives were run at Rainhill, near Liverpool, UK, to determine which would be used on the newly-completed railway from Liverpool to Manchester

Background imageRail Transport 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 Transport Collection: Liverpool Exchange station, Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway. View of the 2. 10 Liverpool-Hull

Liverpool Exchange station, Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway. View of the 2. 10 Liverpool-Hull
Liverpool Exchange station, Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway. View of the 2.10 Liverpool-Hull train preparing to depart, with people standing on the platform. 21 September 1909

Background imageRail Transport Collection: Zillertalbahn steam train

Zillertalbahn steam train
Zillertal, Tyrol, Austria, Steam hauled tourist train on the narrow gauge Zillertalbahn

Background imageRail Transport 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 Transport 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 Transport 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 Transport 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 Transport 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 Transport 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 Transport 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 Transport 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 Transport 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 Transport 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 Transport 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 Transport 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 Transport Collection: York North Motive Power Depot

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

Background imageRail Transport 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 Transport 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 Transport 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 Transport 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 Transport 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 Transport Collection: Middleton station, Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway. View of the station, looking north

Middleton station, Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway. View of the station, looking north, with a goods train on the upper level. 1 November 1920

Background imageRail Transport Collection: The Oaks station, Bolton, London Midland and Scottish Railway

The Oaks station, Bolton, London Midland and Scottish Railway (formerly Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway), 1933
The Oaks station, Bolton, London Midland and Scottish Railway (formerly Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway), near a proposed site for a pump, 4 August 1933

Background imageRail Transport Collection: The Oaks station, Bolton, Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway, about 1902. View of the station

The Oaks station, Bolton, Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway, about 1902. View of the station, between Bolton and Bromley Cross, looking towards Bolton

Background imageRail Transport Collection: Liverpool Exchange station, Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway. View of the concourse

Liverpool Exchange station, Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway. View of the concourse from the end of platform 3. On the right is the Midland booking office at the end of platforms 4 and 5

Background imageRail Transport Collection: View at St. Rollox Looking South East; Opening of the Glasgow and Garnkirk Railway

View at St. Rollox Looking South East; Opening of the Glasgow and Garnkirk Railway
1198425 View at St. Rollox Looking South East; Opening of the Glasgow and Garnkirk Railway, 1832 (hand-coloured lithograph) by Hill

Background imageRail Transport Collection: First Russian steam locomotive, by Yefim and Miron Cherepanov, 1833-1834 (Postage stamp), 1978

First Russian steam locomotive, by Yefim and Miron Cherepanov, 1833-1834 (Postage stamp), 1978. Artist: Anonymous
First Russian steam locomotive, by Yefim and Miron Cherepanov, 1833-1834 (Postage stamp), 1978. From a private collection

Background imageRail Transport 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)




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Rail transport has long been an integral part of the Weald of Kent's history, connecting communities and facilitating trade. Southern Railway recognized its significance with a captivating advertising poster that showcased the region's beauty and accessibility. On November 5, 1981, Class 55 DELTIC locomotive roared through York, representing the power and efficiency of rail travel. This iconic image captured the essence of North Eastern Railway's commitment to providing reliable transportation options. Liverpool Street station stood as a testament to Great Eastern Railway's grandeur on June 1, 1920. Passengers marveled at its architectural splendor while embarking on journeys to various destinations across Britain. Southern Railway enticed travelers with a vibrant poster promoting Ramsgate in 1939. The colorful lithograph highlighted this coastal gem as an idyllic holiday spot easily accessible by rail. Intriguingly, as early as 1888, the Orient Express captivated imaginations with its luxurious offerings. A vintage poster showcasing this legendary train hinted at the allure and adventure awaiting passengers aboard this renowned service. The Forth Bridge symbolized engineering marvel when it opened in Scotland—a testament to railway innovation that connected Edinburgh and Fife seamlessly. London Victoria station exuded elegance during the bustling 1930s under Southern Railway's management. Its grand architecture welcomed commuters from all walks of life into a world of efficient connectivity. Great Western Railway left an indelible mark on London Paddington station since its establishment in 1840—the gateway for countless adventures towards Bristol or beyond—ushering in a new era for rail travel enthusiasts. York station served as North Eastern Railway's crown jewel in August 1906—an impressive structure blending Victorian charm with modern functionality—a hub where dreams took flight amidst steam-filled platforms. Holgate Bridge gracefully spanned York's landscape under London and North Eastern Railway’s watchful eye in 1937—another example of their commitment to seamlessly connecting communities.