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Explore Everything

Explore Network Rail's Virtual Archive and discover the history of Britain's rail infrastructure. 

Stations

Investigate the history of the starting points to millions of rail journeys every year 

People

Find out about the people who engineered Britain’s railways 

Companies

Discover the companies that invested in the development of Britain’s railway network 

Bridges and Viaducts

Discover a railway legacy that spans the decades 

Tunnels

Unearth the historic tunnels which are still key to the smooth running of our network 

Forth Bridge 

Date: 1888 

Originator: North British Railway 

Elevation and section (coloured) 

Maidenhead bridge 

Date: 29 July 1890 

Originator: Great Western Railway 

Widening of line, Maidenhead to Didcot - Maidenhead bridge sections 

Tay Bridge 

Date: 31 May 1888 

Originator: North British Railway 

New Tay Viaduct, general elevation and plan 

High Level Bridge 

Date: Not dated 

Originator: Newcastle and Berwick Railway 

Longitudinal section through land arches and foundations 

Britannia Bridge 

Date: May 1846 

Originator: Chester & Holyhead Railway 

Front elevation / end towers 

Paddington Station 

Date: 29 December 1914 

Originator: Great Western Railway 

Alterations - details of end screen 

Box Tunnel 

Cross section and centre line of tunnel 

Royal Border Bridge, Berwick 

Date: 5 June 1848 

Originator: Newcastle and Berwick Railway 

Details of Piling for Tweed Viaduct 

Bristol Temple Meads 

Date: Not dated 

Originator: Great Western Railway 

Sections of Roof Purlins and Ribs 

Royal Border Bridge, Berwick 

Date: 5 June 1848 

Originator: Newcastle & Berwick Railway  

South Abutment of the Tweed Viaduct 

Bristol Temple Meads 

Date: Not dated 

Originator: Great Western Railway 

Façade of Bristol Temple Meads joint station 

Maidenhead Bridge 

Date: Not dated 

Originator: Great Western Railway 

Drawing Number 1 [aerial view] 

High Level Bridge, Newcastle 

Date: Not dated 

Originator: Newcastle and Berwick Railway  

Elevation of part of middle bays 

 

Forth Bridge 

Date: 4 July 1883 

Originator: North British Railway 

Fife Pier, General Plan