The Rail Chronology website

Page last updated: 14 August 2017


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Great Britain (including international services):

A Bibliography: a list of publications (not periodicals) which have been principally (or exclusively) chronologies of some aspect of railways (4 March 2017)

Bletchley's "Worcester curve": the history of this abandoned link line between the main and Oxford lines (7 December 2015)

Channel Tunnel Train Services: a chronology of the introduction of the various services through the Channel Tunnel (28 June 2014)

Eurostar services: a chronology of the introduction of Eurostar's passenger services (1 June 2017)

Sheepcote Lane curve, London: a chronology of the introduction and withdrawal of passenger services over this reopened curve (28 December 2015)

Croxley Green L.N.W.R. branch: a chronology of its passenger closure (11 April 2006)

Allington - Barkston: a record of the changes effected from 3 October 2005 between Allington Jn, Barkston South Jn and Barkston East Jn and of its abortive 1958 precursor (5 April 2006)

Maindee curve: a chronology of its passenger closure (10 January 2014)

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway opening: a record of the reopening of passenger services at Wirksworth (21 January 2006)

Sinfin branch passenger service: a chronology of its passenger service (31 January 2011)

Wimborne - Bailey Gate (Corfe Mullen Junction): withdrawal date of its passenger service (23 September 2015)

The demise of "Halts" and "Platforms" on British Rail: a note of the withdrawal and reappearance of these suffixes (25 February 2014)

Definition of "Railway Passenger Station": a proposed definition (31 March 2017)

Eardington station (Severn Valley Railway) : a chronology of its career in the preservation era (22 December 2015)

Obligatory station stops: the abolition in 1963 of the British Railways Board's obligations to stop trains at specified stations (24 December 2006)

Beckenham Junction - New Beckenham: a chronology of it passenger closures (15 December 2014)

East of Mansfield: a study of the Nottinghamshire colliery branches immediately to the east of Mansfield - serving Rufford, Clipstone, Blidworth, Bilsthorpe and Mansfield collieries (23 June 2017)

GNR & LNWR joint lines: a chronology of the closure of the joint lines (and associated GNR branches) in Leicestershire and south Nottinghamshire (12 August 2017)

Nottingham - Worksop: a chronology of the restoration of passenger services (30 November 2007)

Llanberis branch passenger services from 1930 to 1962: a chronology of the regular excursion services which ran on this "closed" line (9 December 2015)

Welsh Highland Railway in Archives: listings of material in publicly accessible archives or available on-line about the original Welsh Highland Railway and its predecessors (8 July 2012)

Temporary rail replacement service between Bideford and Torrington: [note: opens a PDF file] a chronology of the service between Bideford and Torrington in consequence of Bideford road bridge collapse in January 1968 (26 June 2016)

Moorthorpe Junction - South Kirkby Junction: a chronology of the regular passenger services over this Yorkshire curve (8 August 2015)

Chester Northgate avoiding line: a chronology of the regular (but short-lived) summer passenger service over this Cheshire curve (20 December 2012)

Bathgate's early railway history: a chronology establishing the passenger services' and early stations' history (29 December 2012)

Tonteg and St-y-Nyll halts, Barry Railway: a note about two very short-lived passenger halts of 1905 (29 January 2014)

Passenger closure of Pannal Junction - Starbeck South Junction direct line - North Eastern Railway: a chronology of the limited passenger service over this original main line in its later life (29 January 2014)

Ellesmere Loop - Wrexham & Ellesmere Railway: a chronology of the short life of this link line with the Cambrian main line, and of the limited through passenger services over it, with a critique of previously published histories' telling of the story (31 January 2014)

Halts on the Rowington Junction to Henley in Arden branch line?: a critical examination of the claims that two halts existed on the Great Western's branch line from Rowington Junction to Henley in Arden (13 November 2016)

Pre-nationalisation rail passenger service withdrawal process: a note of legality and process for withdrawal of a rail passenger service prior to 1948 (3 January 2016)


Great Britain : Timetable topics

Bradshaw's Railway Guide: an analysis of its title changes and the availability of publicly accessible copies for researchers. (covering text 8 June 2015; data 2 July 2016)

The National Rail timetable and its predecessors: a brief history (5 May 2016)

Timetable start dates: a list of the start dates of British Railways (and successor) timetables since 1948 (16 November 2016)

Train Operating Company (TOC) codes: a de-coder for the two-character codes used in Great Britain Passenger Railway / National Rail Timetables and chronology of privatisation and transfer/re-branding of Great Britain's passenger railway franchises:
Period 1996 to 2007 (26 September 2015)
Period 2008 onwards (13 August 2017)


Ireland:

Ennis - Limerick: a chronology of the resumption of passenger services (29 January 2014)


United States of America:

The El Paso & Southwestern Railroad: Tucson, AZ - Benson, AZ - Douglas, AZ - Hermanas, NM - El Paso, TX - Santa Rosa, NM and branches (9 April 2011)


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Links to other sites with chronological content

Time line for early railway developments: The Stephenson Locomotive Society site includes a chronology of "pre-railway" developments leading to the birth of the modern railway in 1825 (Stockton & Darlington) and 1830 (Liverpool & Manchester)

Irish Railway Station Dates: Bob Ayres' pages comprise a chronology of opening and closing dates for all Ireland

The RailScot site includes chronologies of various British railways.

Colin Churcher's site includes Canadian and, particularly, Ottawa railway history.

Mark Bau's VR Timeline - a chronology of Victorian Railways (Australia)


Two societies in particular promote interest in the study of railway history in the British Isles

The Railway & Canal Historical Society

The Irish Railway Record Society


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