The railway was invented in Britain. From sleepers to stations, every part of our infrastructure has a story to tell.
Today’s railway represents 200 years of engineering innovation and determination. Network Rail is the 21st century chapter in this astounding story.
Here you can explore our own archives online and learn more about railway records to help with your research. Find out about how the railway was built, the great engineers and visionaries involved, as well as our most iconic stations, bridges and tunnels. Through our ‘Making the Connection‘ series of articles we also investigate the links between the railway, its history and the world we live in today.
Caring for our heritage for the future
We're privileged to look after a railway that dates back hundreds of years – and are proud to ensure its survival for future generations. If you take a scenic rail trip in the coming year,…
Artist shortlist for national Windrush Monument revealed
The four artists in the running to design the national Windrush Monument at London Waterloo station have been revealed today (30 April). The Windrush Monument will be a permanent tribute to a generation of arrivals from…