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National Railway Museum

Delve deeper into railway history with a range of resources compiled by the Search Engine team.

Below you'll find lists of some of the various drawings and archive materials we hold in our collections, as well as links to our online catalogues and guidance on how to search them.

Searching our catalogues

Our library collection is extensive and certainly one of the largest in the country, so there's a good chance that we have the answer to your question in our collections.

To search our library resources, browse the catalogue (which is held on the University of York website):

To look for archive material, you can also search the archive catalogue:

You can also take a look at the Science Museum Group Collections Online database, which allows you to refine your search to match your requirements.

Drawing lists

We have thousands of drawings for steam locomotives and rolling stock from the mid-1900s to the early 1960s, as well as drawings and business records from some of the most significant railway manufacturing firms.

The lists of drawings currently available online are sorted below in alphabetical order.

Archive lists

These lists cover a variety of archives, including revealing personal records, railway timetables from 1839 onwards, national and international examples of railway tickets, photographs, stamps and postcards and much more.

They are organised in alphabetical order below.