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Study Groups

This page is a list of groups who study railway related issues with specific focus on LNWR interest. A few general railway study groups are also listed as they have some LNWR content.

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Branch Line Society Link to Branch Line Society
 Since 1955 the Branch Line Society has been the main British group for people with a special interest in railway geography and infrastructure, and in railway by-ways in particular.

Caledonian Railway Association Link to Caledonian Railway Association
 Since the Caledonian Railway was the LNWR’s Scottish partner in the West Coast Main Line the Caledonian Railway Association has much relevance to researchers of the LNWR especially those with an interest in the ‘main line’.

Carriage Survey Project Link to Carriage Survey Project
 Railway Carriages represent an important aspect of the history of our country and this project will allow them to take their rightful place within our industrial and transport heritage. This survey will allow them to be identified and recognised.

Closed Railway Sations Link to Closed Railway Sations
 People have always had a fascination with disused railway lines and stations. Following the opening of the first railway lines in the 1820ís, stations have been closing; many in the last century because they were resited to a more suitable location. This is particularly true in London where many of the London termini were originally built some distance short of their present site.

Computerised Railway Magazine Index (CRMI) Link to Computerised Railway Magazine Index (CRMI)
 Computerised Railway Magazine Index (CRMI) was started originally due to my need to organise my personal collection of railway related magazines and books. It was meant to be a tool for my own uses, to aid me in finding relevant information I needed for a modelling project.

Crewe North Junction group Link to Crewe North Junction group
 The current Crewe North Junction signal box was built to replace the former LNWR Structure in 1940, part of which is still standing. The Box also houses several interesting LNWR artifacts.

Cumbrian Railways Association Link to Cumbrian Railways Association
 The Cumbrian Railways Association was formed in 1976 in order to foster a widening interest in the fascinating history of the railways of Cumbria.

Glossarist Railway Dictionary Link to Glossarist Railway Dictionary
 If you are looking for definitions of technical, professional, specialist terms in any subject this is the place to go.

Great Eastern Railway Society Link to Great Eastern Railway Society
 Whether your East Anglian railway interests are architectural, family history, historical, modelling, modern day operations, etc, etc. the Society caters for all tastes so please browse to see how the Great Eastern Railway Society (GERS) can help you.

Great Northern Railway Society Link to Great Northern Railway Society
 The official web site of the Great Northern Railway Society. We foster interest in, and to record and preserve the history of the Great Northern Railway, including its predecessors and successors.

Heritage Railway Association Link to Heritage Railway Association
 A guide to the entire heritage railway scene in the UK, including details of special events and operating days for all steam railways.

Historical Model Railway Society (HMRS) Link to Historical Model Railway Society (HMRS)
 Here it is - the definitive information source on Britain’s long and varied railway history, from the very beginning to the present day. The HMRS gathers, and distributes historical information, to allow you to build historically accurate models.

Industrial Locomotive Society Link to Industrial Locomotive Society
 The principal aim of the Society is to record the fullest possible information about locomotives other than those operating on Main Line railways and larger passenger carrying light railways.

Institute of Railway Studies Link to Institute of Railway Studies
 Pursue excellence in teaching, research and scholarship in order to advance learning and knowledge of the history and heritage of railways.

Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Society Link to Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Society
 The Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Society aims to bring together all those with an interest in the “Lanky” whether in historical research or modelling.

Llandudno Junction Link to Llandudno Junction
 Llandudno Junction steam locomotive and carriage shed (1899-2000). A nostalgic site dedicated to the memory of 6G - a motive power depot in North Wales.

LMS Carriage Association Link to LMS Carriage Association
 The Association’s aims are not simply to own, repair and operate carriages of LMS design but also to foster an appreciation of LMS carriages amongst other enthusiasts with similar interests.

The LMS Society Link to The LMS Society
 The LMS Society was founded in 1963 by a small group of dedicated model makers whose main aim was to find out as much accurate and original information as possible about the subject of their interest in the London Midland and Scottish Railway, so as to enable the construction of accurate and definitive models, be they static or working, not only for themselves, but also for the wider modelling fraternity.

LNWR Chat Group Link to LNWR Chat Group
 Discussions about the London and North Western Railway, from the earliest days, right through to current times.

Maryport and Carlisle Railway - Bolton Loop Link to Maryport and Carlisle Railway - Bolton Loop
 In 1862 the Maryport and Carlisle Railway Company secured an act to construct the "Bolton Loop" from Aspatria to Aikbank Junction.

mda Link to mda
 mda gives advice to people who want to know how to document their collections and the information that goes with them.
We work with museums and other organisations that use historical material making sure that they know how to make the most of collections and their associated knowledge.

Midland Railway Society Link to Midland Railway Society
 Bring together those interested in the Midland Railway; including its predecessors, successors, joint lines and working arrangements.

Milton Keynes Museum Link to Milton Keynes Museum
 The museum follows the history of the Milton Keynes area, including North Buckinghamshire and South Northamptonshire, from 1800 to the present day. From this page one can go to sites maintained by the museum about the Wolverton tram (LNWR owned) or Wolverton Works (useful diagrams).

National Railway Museum (NRM) Link to National Railway Museum (NRM)
 We are home to a wide range of railway icons and literally millions of artefacts, from Mallard – the world’s fastest steam locomotive – to a lock of Robert Stephenson’s hair.

North British Locomotive Society Link to North British Locomotive Society
 The Society (NBLS) is interested in the erstwhile North British Locomotive Company (NBLC Explain 'North British Locomotive Company') which was based in Glasgow, Scotland. The Company built a variety of locomotives not only for the home market but also for various gauges throughout the world.

North London Railway Historical Society Link to North London Railway Historical Society
 The NLRHS was conceived in 1989 by a small group of people who were concerned that although the NLR had many followers, there was no specific forum for them to meet and exchange information. A short mention in the Railway magazine led to an inaugural meeting in October 1990, presided over by the late Michael Robbins, author of the only history of the line then available. The society has since expanded to some 75 members, including several well-known authors and historians as well as a number of professional railwaymen.

North Staffordshire Railway Study Group Link to North Staffordshire Railway Study Group
 Formed in October 1995 to bring together people with an interest in the North Staffordshire Railway in order to increase the knowledge of the railway, and to improve the understanding of the role of the railway within the community it served.

PROCAT Link to PROCAT
 This is the Public Record Office's online catalogue of archives of central government, courts of law and other national bodies. (includes railway documents, including LNWR material)

The Railway & Canal Historical Society Link to The Railway & Canal Historical Society
 Founded in 1954 to bring together all those interested in the history of transport, with particular reference to railways and waterways, its main objects are to promote historical research and to raise the standard of published history.

Railway Object Thesaurus (mda) Link to Railway Object Thesaurus (mda)
 When is a coach a car, a spade a shovel or a train describer a platform indicator? The railway sector is blessed with a rich and historic language, but a minefield when precise description is necessary for organising and searching.

Railways in Wales Link to Railways in Wales
 An independent survey of railways in Wales and the tourist attractions they serve.

RCH Maps and Junction Diagrams Link to RCH Maps and Junction Diagrams
 The Railway Clearing House (RCH) Maps and Junction Diagrams are among the most fascinating source materials for British railway historians.

Scottish Railways and Steamers by Ewan Crawford Link to Scottish Railways and Steamers by Ewan Crawford
 This website presents a history of Scotland’s railways. Lines are referred to by the original company name. Includes detailed maps of most Railway lines.

The Ships List Link to The Ships List
 The London & North Western Railway company commenced Holyhead—Dublin services in 1860. In 1866 joint service Stranraer—Larne started with the Caledonian Railway Company. Then, in 1873, Holyhead-Greenore service commenced.

The Signal Box Link to The Signal Box
 This web site is the first to have been developed on the specific subject of British railway signalling practice. The emphasis is on the older, mechanical signalling — that worked by mechanical levers and with signals that go up and down.

Signalling Record Society Link to Signalling Record Society
 Founded 1969 for the study of Railway Signalling in the British Isles and Overseas.

Steam Index Link to Steam Index
 A wealth of information on Steam, the machines and the people.

Steam Index Link to Steam Index
 Access to information about steam locomotives and the railways on which they worked — articles in magazine and books, biographical information: Stephensons to Bullied.

Stephenson Locomotive Society Link to Stephenson Locomotive Society
 The Stephenson Locomotive Society, founded in 1909, is the premier society for the study of railways and locomotion. It has an extensive library; publishes books, the S.L.S. Journal and items from its photographic and drawings collection; organises local meetings and events; has its own archive material in museums.

Suburban Electric Railway Association Link to Suburban Electric Railway Association
 The evolution of Britain's electric commuter railways is a complex story that goes back to the end of the nineteenth century. Follow the North West London link.

The Transport Archive Link to The Transport Archive
 The Transport Archive tells the story of Britain's transport system since the eighteenth century. Using several thousand images, it shows how waterways, railways and aviation have changed our lives.

The Transport Trust Link to The Transport Trust
 The Transport Trust is the United Kingdom’s only national charity established to promote and encourage the preservation and restoration of Britain’s transport heritage for the benefit of the nation. Our remit includes all forms of road, rail, air and waterborne transport.

Vintage Carriages Trust Link to Vintage Carriages Trust
 Here, we tell you everything you’d like to know about the Trust, its Museum, its Shops, its collection (locomotives and a Scammell ‘mechanical horse’ as well as carriages).

Welsh Railways Research Circle Link to Welsh Railways Research Circle
 The Welsh Railways Research Circle (WRRC) aims to bring together researchers and modellers who are interested not only in the main line and branch railways of Wales and the Border Counties, but also the tramways, tramroads across the Principality.

The Wolverhampton Railway Gazette Link to The Wolverhampton Railway Gazette
 The late 1980's saw the arrival in the shops, of the city's best ever local history magazine, The Wolverhampton Railway Gazette. It was a delight to go into a local bookshop and find the latest copy on the shelves. The magazine was devoted to the city's once important and almost forgotten railway history. It was always worth waiting for the next edition to appear. All of the editions were well written and informative, and there was always something new to discover between the covers.
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