This is the new location for material previously presented on http://www.railwaymapsanddocuments. 

This is a personal, or hobby, website devoted to my interest in British railway history. It is based around a collection of railway related documents that I’ve accumulated over the years. I find this material fascinating as a record of how some of Britain’s railways were planned, built and modified. Interwoven with the civil engineering information is a social history and human story. I’ve put the material on line for the benefit of others with a shared passion in this aspect of our railway heritage. Some are direct transcripts of old railway documents whilst others are articles I’ve written myself, purely for the fun of it. These are based on a sort of DIY home historical research.


The plans for the Manchester and Southampton Railway which were associated with the Parliamentary application of 1846 are no longer featured but if you would like information relating to them please contact me. I have an original set of the 60 plans for the line from Cheltenham to Southampton along with the Book of Reference which, for the land that the company would have had to purchase, gives details of all the land ownership and occupancy. Parliamentary approval was not gained but some decades later the Midland and South Western Railway was built to a similar route south of Cirencester.

The company that hosted has now withdrawn from the sector forcing this relocation – so for those similarly interested in these historic documents my apologies for the inconvenience.