From the archive: London Charing Cross

Jan 31, 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...

The network through the ages: five...

Jan 22, 2019

As one of Britain’s biggest land owners, we have uncovered a wide array of historic artefacts on our journey to build a better railway. Spanning thousands of years, remarkable finds during...

Read the George Stephenson notebook online

Dec 20, 2018

This Christmas, Network Rail is sharing one of the railway’s most historically important artefacts with the world. The rediscovery this year of a notebook written by ‘father of the railways’ George...

Step back in time… and inside...

Dec 13, 2018

The journey from London’s Borough Market to York typically takes about two and a half hours. For what was once Britain’s busiest signal box, it will have taken more than 40...

moss road and fenwick lane level crossing

The history of level crossings

Nov 29, 2018

Level crossings have been part of the railway landscape since the 19th century. With about 6,000 still in use, we're targeting drivers using level crossings in our latest safety campaign to raise...

WWI and the railway

Nov 1, 2018

The railway played a vital role during WWI. When Britain declared war on Germany in 1914, trains efficiently moved huge numbers of troops and equipment between the Home Front and France....

Network Rail graduates step into history

Oct 18, 2018

“We’re doing one of the last steam-age jobs on the network.” At Shrewsbury railway station, signaller Jamie Green is steeping young Network Rail graduates in history. He works at Severn Bridge...

Robert Stephenson’s birthday

Oct 16, 2018

On this day 215 years ago, Robert Stephenson was born - the only son of Father of the Railways. Building on the incredible achievements of his father, eminent engineer Robert made...

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