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Why the end of the gauge war didn’t standardise Britain’s railway

May 20, 2021

The battle to establish a standard gauge between the rails across Britain ended 129 years ago. So why do we...

Aerial shot of the Box Tunnel, daytime

The Box Tunnel – Brunel builds the impossible

Apr 8, 2021

The Box Tunnel in Wiltshire is one of our finest Victorian structures. It’s also one of the railway’s greatest triumphs....

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Presenter Tim Dunn stands in front of the Royal Albert Bridge and the Tamar Bridge beside it, daytime

The Architecture the Railways Built – Royal Albert Bridge

Jan 26, 2021

The Royal Albert Bridge - Isambard Kingdom Brunel's masterpiece - stars in the brand-new The Architecture the Railways Built. Historian and presenter Tim Dunn visits the world-famous bridge, which crosses the River Tamar between Plymouth and...

Drawing from an animation of Robert Stephenson and Isambard Kingdom Brunel enjoying a drink in front of pyramids and palm trees.

From the archive: Brunel and Stephenson’s Christmas in Cairo

Dec 24, 2020

The Network Rail archive is the custodian of a vast collection of historic documents and plans relating to today’s railway infrastructure. It represents the development of the most significant structures, engineers and innovation on the railway from...

Film: The Railway at War – 1939-1945

Nov 8, 2020

"The railway was crucial in WWII ... keeping the heart of Britain going." This year marks 75 years since the end of WWII, in which the railway played a crucial role, and for which we...

Close up of a document from the Network Rail archive with Florence Nightingale's signature

Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday – a nursing pioneer’s links with Brunel

May 12, 2020

Florence Nightingale - a pioneering nurse with links to revolutionary engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel - was born 200 years ago today. Nightingale is famous for her ground-breaking work in dramatically improving healthcare in Victorian times,...

VE Day – The railway in WWII

May 8, 2020

The rail industry has come together on the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day to say thank you to everyone who served and sacrificed during WWII. The railway played a crucial role during the...

From the archive: war memorials

Nov 11, 2019

The Network Rail archive is the custodian of a vast collection of historic documents and plans relating to today’s railway infrastructure. It represents the development of the most significant structures, engineers and innovation on the railway from...

From the archive: Ada Lovelace

Oct 8, 2019

The Network Rail archive is the custodian of a vast collection of historic documents and plans relating to today’s railway infrastructure. It represents the development of the most significant structures, engineers and innovation on the railway from...

From the archive: Brunel

Sep 13, 2019

The Network Rail archive is the custodian of a vast collection of historic documents and plans relating to today’s railway infrastructure. It represents the development of the most significant structures, engineers and innovation on the railway from...

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