Landscape view of exterior of Severn Bridge Junction signal box, daytime

Refurb of world’s largest working mechanical signal box completes

May 25, 2021

The largest working mechanical signal box in the world has just had its biggest refurbishment in more than a decade....

The Jacobite steam train crossing the Glenfinnan Viaduct in the Scottish Highlands, daytime

Caring for our heritage for the future

May 7, 2021

We're privileged to look after a railway that dates back hundreds of years - and are proud to ensure its...

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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. Once completed, it inspired short stories and poems, cementing itself in the minds of the...

Headshot of presenter Tim Dunn outside a traditional signal box, daytime

What happens to signal boxes when they retire?

Dec 16, 2020

Signal boxes are some of the best-loved icons of Britain’s historic railways. These trackside wooden huts became home to centralised signalling operations more than 130 years ago. You can still spot them dotted around the...

Where’s the world’s oldest rail bridge in continuous use?

Sep 29, 2020

It’s the world’s oldest railway bridge in continuous use. It ranks among Historic England’s 100 Places and has even appeared on the £5 note. Have you guessed where it is? Skerne Bridge in Darlington has...

Region profile – Scotland’s Railway

Jul 21, 2020

It's home to more than 17% of Britain's rail infrastructure and some of our most scenic lines. We look at the biggest improvements for passengers on Scotland's Railway. Scotland's Railway is one of Network Rail's...

Headshot of presenter Tim Dunn outside a traditional signal box, daytime

The Architecture the Railways Built – interview with presenter Tim Dunn

Jul 7, 2020

Growing up in Metro-land - the leafy suburbia served by the London Underground’s Metropolitan line - Tim Dunn’s track as one of our best-known railway historians had already been laid. His grandparents met as schoolchildren...

The Architecture the Railways Built – Great Western Railway

Jun 30, 2020

It's the final stop for television presenter Tim Dunn on his exploration of the incredible architecture on the railways across the UK and Europe. Watch the last episode of his 10-part series, The Architecture the...

The Architecture the Railways Built – Barmouth Viaduct

Jun 16, 2020

On tonight's The Architecture the Railways Built railway historian Tim Dunn takes us to Barmouth Viaduct - Wales' only major timber railway bridge still in use. Watch Tim on his new series on Yesterday on...

The Architecture the Railways Built – Severn Bridge Junction

Jun 9, 2020

Watch the latest episode of The Architecture the Railways Built and you'll get to explore an exceptional piece of our network - the world's largest working mechanical signal box. Presenter Tim Dunn visits Severn Bridge...

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