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National Railway Museum

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Discover a wealth of information and resources to help you get started on your railway research journey.

Here you'll find pointers on how to use our catalogues, how to copy documents and access archive material, how to delve into your family tree, discover fascinating details about individual locomotives and much more. If you're still stuck, plan a visit to Search Engine where our team will be able to help you.

Your research journey

Resource packs

These packs have been compiled by the Search Engine team to help you research popular locomotives, collections and themes in railway history.

Railway songs

Author and social historian Colin Bargery has been singing folk songs for 40 years, and has a special interest in songs from the Industrial Revolution. He's compiled a collection of popular songs about railways for our archive, titled Songs From the Age of Steam.

Further resources