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Railway History, Societies & Preservation

This page provides a directory of railway historical societies, preservation groups, and websites offering a history of railways in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, and South America.

Railroad Records & Statistics (1804-2012) - Guide to world railway records including the first railroads, most powerful locomotives, longest tunnels, fastest trains, deadliest wrecks, and more

1S76 - Documents the history of direct passenger train services from Brighton to Midlands and Northwest, ended in 2008 after 30 years of operation

2857 Society - Preserves Great Western Railway heavy goods steam locomotive No. 2857, principally for active use on the Severn Valley Railway in the UK

47401 Project - Owners of British Class 47 diesel locomotives formerly numbered D1500 and D1516

6024 Preservation Society - Dedicated to the restoration, maintenance, and operation of Great Western Railway King Class 4-6-0 steam locomotive

6880 Betton Grange Society - Recreating a Great Western Grange class steam locomotive at the Llangollen Railway in Denbighshire, UK

71A Locomotive Group - Dedicated to restoration and maintenance of Class 33 diesel locomotives in the UK

73082 Camelot Locomotive Society - Preserved British Railways Standard Class Five locomotive based on the Bluebell Railway in Sussex, UK

880.001 - Restoration of Italian steam locomotive 880.001 in Padua, Italy

Abandoned Train Tunnels - Photos and information about dozens of abandoned railroad tunnels worldwide

AC EMU Group - Preserving the history of AC EMU in their use and development in the UK

AC Locomotive Group - Preserving the last remaining examples of the first generation of AC locomotives

ACAF: Asociación Compostelana de Amigos do Ferrocarril - Spanish railway club

AHICF - Dedicated to preserving the history of French railways

Aln Valley Railway Society - Dedicated to the re-instatement of the 3 mile former BR branch line from the East Coast main line at Alnmouth to the town of Alnwick, Northumberland, UK

Altrincham Electric Railway Preservation Society - Preserves 1931 Altrincham Electric rolling stock from the Manchester South Junction & Altrincham Railway (MSJ&AR), and sponsors railway excursions and lecture series in the UK

Alweg Archives - Comprehensive history of the Alweg monorail system and company that developed the Disney-Alweg monorail and built the Seattle monorail

America In France 1917-1919 - Story of the American Expeditionary Forces and their railroad construction in France during World War One on CD-ROM

Argentine Railway Club - Escalada Branch - Non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and restoration of Argentina's railroading history

Ashover Light Railway Society - Aims to reopen a section of the old Ashover Light Railway between Ogston Reservoir (near Woolley) and Ashover (Butts), UK

Asociación Chilena de Conservación del Patrimonio Ferroviario - Chilean Railways Preservation Association; promotes the history, photography, restoration, preservation, and operation of the Chilean Railways

Association 141R 420 - Preserves French steam locomotive 141R 420

Associazione Veneta Treni Storici - Historical association in Venice and Verona, Italy

Australian Association of TimeTable Collectors - Organization for anyone interested in the study of transport timetables, schedules, maps, and associated literature

Australian Railway Historical Society - A.C.T. Division - Operators of the Canberra Railway Museum and the Michelago Tourist Railway; Queanbeyan, NSW, Australia

Australian Railway Historical Society - New South Wales Division - Redfern, Australia

Australian Railway Historical Society - Queensland Division - Brisbane, Australia

Australian Railway Historical Society - Tasmanian Division - Meets in Hobart and Devonport, Tasmania, Australia

Australian Railway Historical Society - Victorian Division - Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Australian Steam - Photo guide to the nearly 600 surviving Australian steam locomotives, including their location and status

Austrian Narrow Gauge - Photos and history of narrow gauge railways in Austria

Austrian Railway Group - Promotes the study of Austrian Railways for historians and modelers

Ayrshire Railway Preservation Group - Preserves Scottish industrial railway heritage

Baldwin-Steam - Restoring century-old New Zealand Baldwin steam locomotives Wb 292, Wb 299, and Wd 356

Barnstaple and Devon Railways - Hundreds of railway photos from of the Tarka Line in North Devon, down to the sea wall between Dawlish and Teignmouth, and across into China Clay country in Cornwall; UK

Barrow Hill Engine Shed Society - Preserves the Midland Railway roundhouse at Barrow Hill in Derbyshire, UK

Battle of Britain Locomotive Society - Operates the restored Bulleid Pacific steam locomotive #34081 '92 Squadron'

Belize Trains & Railways - History of the railways once used in Belize to haul sugar cane, logs, and bananas, both within the farms and from the plantations to ports

Belturbet Railway Station - Railway memorabilia and exhibits housed in an 1885 station in Cavan, Ireland

Benelux Railways Society - Fosters interest in the railways of The Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg

Bergslagernas Järnvägssällskap (BJs) - Preservation society located in west Sweden (Gothenburg); most of the rolling stock is from the 30´s and 40´s

Bermuda Railway Pages - Story of the 22-mile-long railway that served the Bermuda Islands from 1931 to 1947

Blue Mountains Railway Pages - History of railways in Australia's Blue Mountains

Bogotá Trams - Extensive history, maps, and photos of the trams in Bogotá, Colombia

Bolivia Tramways - Extensive history and photo collection of Bolivia's electric railways

Branch Line Society - Special interest group in railway geography and infrastructure, and in railway by-ways in particular, in Great Britain and worldwide

Brandon The Brake - Dedicated to the restoration of a Southern Railway 25-ton Pill Box Brake Van No. 55550, based on the Nene Valley Railway in Peterborough, UK

Brazil Tramways - Extensive history of Brazil's tramways, from the book by Allen Morrison

Bridges, Stations & Tunnels - Guide to the earliest, longest, highest, and largest railroad structures

Bridging the Gap - Proposal for bridging the gap between north and south preserved sections of the Great Central Railway over the Midland Main Line at Loughborough, UK

British Overseas Railways Historical Trust - Promotes the study and preservation of British overseas railways

British Rail Waterloo CTEB - Historical and contact site for the old Central Telephone Enquiry Bureau that conducted train enquiries for the now defunct British Railways

British Railways Sulzer Type 2 - Photos and history of the British Class 24 and Class 25 locomotives

Broad Gauge Railway of the Azores - History of the harbour line built in 1861

Broad Gauge Story - History of the 4 foot 8½ inch gauge standard

Broadway Signal Box - Restoring the former Exminster signal box at a site in Broadway, Worcestershire, UK

Brookwood Cemetery Railway - History of the railway that transported coffins and mourners from London

Brush Type 4 Fund - Owners of British Class 47 diesel locomotives 47105, 47295, 47376, and 47746

Bulleid Double Decker Society - Promoting the UK's only double decker EMU

Burma's Metre-gauge System - History of the construction and operation of railways in Burma (Myanmar)

Bury Diesel Group - Diesel locomotive preservation groups based at East Lancashire Railway in Bury, Lancashire, UK

Bush Tramway Club, The - Preserving items from the bush tramways and industrial railways in New Zealand, including a large collection of locomotives and rolling stock from both the logging lines of the King Country, and the coal mines west of Huntly

C.E.F.U. - Círculo de Estudios Ferroviarios del Uruguay - Restoration and operation of historical steam trains in Uruguay

Caledonian Railway Association - Preserving the Caledonian Railway between Brechin and Bridge of Dun; UK

Cambrian Railways Society Ltd. - Preserving the history of the Cambrian Railways, UK

Cambridge University Railway Club - World's third oldest railway club covers the railway scene in Britain and worldwide; Cambridge, UK

Canterbury Railway Society - Restores and operates steam, diesel, and electric locomotives, rolling stock, signaling equipment, and buildings at Ferrymead Heritage Park; Christchurch, New Zealand

Canton Depot - History and photos of a former heavy maintenance and servicing depot in the UK

Cardiff & Avonside Railway Society - Organizes trips for railway enthusiasts in the south Wales and Avonside areas

Carnforth Station and Nearby Railways - History of Carnforth Station and nearby railways from its 1846 opening through present

Cavan & Leitrim Railway - Heritage railway in Dromod, Ireland

Centro de Estudios Históricos del Ferrocarril Español (CEHFE) - Private institution dedicated to the historic investigation of Spanish railways

CFTV - Preserves French railway history and three steam locomotives; Picardy, France

Chemins de Fer du Centre-Bretagne - French railfan association for the preservation of the DMU X3890

Chile Tramways - Extensive history of Chile's tramways from 1858 to 1978, from the book by Allen Morrison

Chronicles of Napier - Photos and information about British Deltic locomotives between 1961 and 1981

Chronological History of European Railways - European railway maps from the 1800s

Class 107 Ltd - Preserves Class 107 DMUs in the UK

Class 20 Locomotive Society - Owners and operators of British locomotives 20001, 20205, and 20227

Class 37 Locomotive Group - Preserves and operates English Electric Type 3 diesel locomotives No. 37003

Class 40 Appeal - Preserves and operates English Electric Type 4 diesel locomotives

Class 40 Preservation Society - Preservation group owning and operating two ex-British Rail main line diesel-electric locomotives

Class 56 Group - Owners of British Class 56 Oystermouth No. 56040, located at the Mid-Norfolk Railway in Dereham, UK

Class47.co.uk - History, photos, rosters, and modeling of British Class 47, or Brush Sulzer Type 4, locomotives

Class50.com - History, rosters, and photos of British Class 50 locomotives

Clifton Rocks Railway - Aims to restore and operate an incline railway in Bristol, UK

Colonel Stephens Society - Preserves the history of Colonel Stephens who engineered, built, and managed a unique empire of branch line railways in the UK

Condensing Steam Locomotives - Photos and history of steam locomotives which recycled steam back into water for reuse, popular in Germany, South Africa, and Russia (website in German)

Cotswold Steam Preservation - Dedicated to the restoration of steam locomotive GWR 28XX Class 2-8-0 No. 2807

Cranleigh Railway - History of the Horsham & Guildford Direct Railway in Surrey, UK

Cranmore Loco Fund - Supporting fund for the East Somerset Railway's locomotive works

Cromer Signalbox - Working to preserve, restore, and convert the Cromer Signalbox as a museum; Cromer, Norfolk, UK

Cuba Tramways - Extensive history and photo collection of Cuba's electric railways, all but one discontinued by 1954

Culcairn to Corowa Branch Line - History, maps, and photos of the former railway in New South Wales, Australia

Cumbria Railways - Photos and history of the lost railways of Northern Cumbria, UK

Cumbrian Railways Association - History of the railways of Cumbria, UK

Cyprus Government Railway - History of the narrow gauge railway network in Cyprus from 1905 to 1951

Czech Train Travellers Club - Organizer of nostalgic train rides and hiking trips along abandoned lines in the Czech Republic

D7629 Website - D7629 is an ex-British Rail Class 25 diesel electric locomotive, preserved and operated in the UK

Darlington Railway Preservation Society - Owns a small collection of locomotives including W6 0-4-0ST Peckett 2412 Northern Gas Board No. 1; Darlington, UK

dbtrains.com - History of long-distance passenger trains in Germany since 1920

Definitive Deltics - News and photos of Deltic locomotives

Dellenbanan - History and railbike tours on the Dellen Line in Sweden

Deltic Preservation Society - Largest diesel locomotive preservation society in the UK; owns three of the six surviving Deltics

Denmark Rail Transport History - Danish railway history since 1847

Derwent Railway Society - Dedicated to the preservation of local railway artifacts and railway heritage in Cumbria; Cockermouth, Cumbria, England

Deutsche Reichsbahn-Gesellschaft - History of German steam and railway technology from 1919 to 1945

Die Sachsischen Schmalspurbahnen - German narrow gauge steam railways

Diesel Traction Group - Preserves NZR electric locomotives at Ferrymead Heritage Park, Christchurch, New Zealand

Diesel Traction Group (DTG) - Operates railtours across the UK with D1015 Western Champion

Diesellok.lu - Photos and information about diesel locomotives from NOHAB and AFB, the European F-units

Dinmore Manor Locomotive Limited - Owners of steam locomotives 7820 and 3850 which regularly operate on the West Somerset Railway in Somerset, UK

Disused Stations - History, photos, and information about more than 1,000 closed or abandoned railway stations in the UK

Disused Tunnels Database - Maps and photos of abandoned railway tunnels in the UK

DMU Group (West Midlands) - Operates diesel multiple units on the UK's Severn Valley Railway

Dolgarrog Railway Society - Aims to re-establish a small industrial railway line at Dolgarrog in the Conwy Valley of North Wales, UK

Downs Light Railway Trust - Preserves the world's oldest private miniature railway for the educational benefit of children aged 7 to 13 years; The Downs School, Colwall, Malvern, UK

Dublin & Blessington Steam Tramway - The story of the Dublin & Blessington Steam Tramway in Ireland, 1888 - 1932, with maps, photographs, and models

Duke of Gloucester Steam Locomotive Trust Limited - Preserves BR Class 8 Pacific steam locomotive No 71000 for mainline excursions in the UK

Dundonald Railway Station Then and Now - History, timeline, and photos of a Belfast & County Down Railway station in Northern Ireland

Early Railroads - Records and firsts for railroad construction and operation in the U.S. and worldwide

East Midlands Railway Photographic Society - Organizes photo charters and hosts monthly meetings in Sileby, Leicestershire, UK

Eastleigh Railway Preservation Society - Locomotive preservation society that owns and operates Southern Railway (UK) S15 class 4-6-0 #828 and overhauling #850 "Lord Nelson"

Electric Transport in Latin America - History, photos, and maps of past and present electric railways, metros, and trams in Latin America

End of the Line - Lists, locations, and photos of withdrawn and stored locomotives in the UK

End of the Line - History of railways and tramways in Papua New Guinea

Engine Shed Society - Founded in 1986 for the study of British locomotive sheds and depots, past and present

English Electric Growl - History, technical info, and photos of locomotives with the 12CSV diesel engine

EPB Preservation Group - Preserving vintage British Rail (Southern Region) third rail electric units

Eritrean Railway - Rebuilt railway from the Red Sea port of Massawa to Asmara

Erlebnis Bahn - Guide to tourist railwasy in Austria

Exmoor Associates - Company set up to buy and maintain the former 19 mile Lynton & Barnstaple Railway trackbed in North Devon, UK

Exploring Telford - Documents the past and present railways Telford, Shropshire, UK

FarRail Tours Trip Reports - Steam photos and information from tours to China, North Korea, Indonesia, India, Poland, Cuba, and more

Feilding and District Steam Rail Society - Restoring a 75-ton 3'8" steam locomotive to operating condition for excursions out of Feilding, New Zealand

Ferrocarriles del Uruguay - History and photos of Uruguayan Railroads (in Spanish)

FLE Friends of the Luxemburg Railway - Photos and information about railways and model railroads in Luxemburg

Flying Scotsman Association - Promotes interest in the history, documentation, photography, restoration, preservation, and operation of the legendary steam locomotive Flying Scotsman No. 4472/60103

Flåm Railway Museum - History of the Flåm Railway in Western Norway

France Rail Transport History - French railway history since 1832

France-Autorails - Revitalization of railways in France for use as tourist railways

Friends of Hawthorn Tram Depot - Assists with the operation of the Melbourne Tram Museum, Victoria, Australia

Friends of M30272M TPO Group - Part of the Nene Valley Railway dedicated to the restoration and operation of Travelling Post Office coach M30272M and other vehicles; Peterborough, UK

Friends of the North Australia Railway - Preserves part of the narrow gauge North Australian Railway between Adelaide River and Snake Creek

Friends of the Rail - Steam train excursions, locomotive restoration, and railway club in Hermanstad, Pretoria, South Africa

Furness Railway Trust - Owners of Britain's oldest working standard gauge steam locomotive, Furness Railway No. 20, located at the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway in Cumbria, UK

Fylde Tramway Society - Founded in 1971 to support the retention and development of the Blackpool to Fleetwood Tramway; arranges a wide range of interesting events for its members as well as the publication of a monthly magazine; members in the UK, Europe, and US

Fédération des Amis des Chemins de fer Secondaires - All about tourist railroads, museums, and historical societies in France

Garratt Locomotives - Photo galleries, information, and listing of related books

Gebejay Railways and Trams - UK steam railways, preserved and restored lines, "lost" lines, trams, and tramways

Gillman Yard - Gillman Yard / Port Adelaide Shunt Depot, home of the 800 class locomotive; Adelaide, South Australia

Glasgow and South Western Railway Association - Promotes interest in the former Glasgow and South Western Railway; UK

Glyn Valley Tramway - Dedicated to the restoration of the mineral tramway between Glyn and Chirk, Wales, UK

Going Loco! - History and photos of the Cromford and High Peak Railway and Great Central Railway

Goulburn Crookwell Heritage Railway - Aims to restore and operate the historic Goulburn to Crookwell branch line in Australia

Great Britain Rail Transport History - British railway history from the early 19th century to present

Great Central Railway Society - History of the Great Central Railway, UK

Great Central Railway through Leicester - Photographs along the route of the old Great Central Railway through Leicester showing its present state and the considerable remains

Great Central Today - Documents the current state of Britain's last main line, including photos, history, maps, and more

Great Eastern Railway Society - History of the Great Eastern Railway (GER), its predecessors, and its successors such as the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER), British Railways (BR), Railtrack, and the current privatized Train Operating Companies

Great North of Scotland Railway Association - Formed in 1964 to bring together those interested in the history of the Great North of Scotland Railway

Great Northern Railway Society - Society for the study of the Great Northern Railway (UK), its constituents, successors, and joint lines

Great Western (SVR) Association - Dedicated to the preservation and restoration of rolling stock, particularly carriages, from the Great Western Railway

Great Western Archive - History and photos of Great Western Railway (GWR) locomotives and rolling stock in the UK

Great Western Society - Photos of GWS locomotives on the mainline, plus a directory of preserved locomotives and rolling stock at Didcot Railway Centre, Oxfordshire, UK

Greater Manchester Transport Society - Operates the Museum of Transport in Manchester, UK

Gresley On Line - Information on the life and work of locomotive designer Sir Nigel Gresley, The Gresley Society (studies his work), and the 'Sir Nigel Gresley' Locomotive Preservation Trust (owns and operates one of his locomotives)

Guatemala Rail Transport History - History of railways in Guatemala

Gwili Vintage Carriage Group - Safeguards the Victorian carriages of the Gwili Railway in Bronwydd Arms, Wales

Haiti Tramways - History and photos of the Port-au-Prince tramways, operated from 1878 until 1932

Hampshire Narrow Gauge Railway Trust - Conserves and operates narrow gauge railway equipment at Bursledon Brickworks Museum in Hampshire and Kew Bridge Steam Museum in West London, UK

Heaton Park Tramway - Tram and museum operated by The Manchester Transport Museum Society, UK

Hejaz Railway - 1300km railway originally built to transport pilgrims from Damascus to Medina through Syria, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia, opened in 1908 and severely damaged and closed during the First World War

Heritage Railway Association - Represents the majority of heritage and tourist railways and railway preservation groups within the UK and Ireland

Hershey Cuban Railway - 135km network of steam and electric railways in Cuba, built by the Hershey Chocolate Corporation in 1916

Highland Railway Society - For those interested in the Highland Railway, its predecessor, and successors; UK

Historic Electric Traction - Volunteer based electric train preservation group in Sydney, Australia, restoring a number of working vintage electric trains

Historical Model Railway Society - Historians and modelers of the railways of the British Isles

Historical Railway Atlas of Germany - Detailed online maps show all railways that have ever operated in the area of present-day Germany

Honduras Coconut Railway - Isolated remnant of the 3 foot gauge Tela Railroad which became part of the Ferrocarriles Nacionales de Honduras

Honduras Rail Transport History - Brief history of railways in Honduras

Hong Kong Railway Society - Hobby-oriented society organizes weekend trips and visits

Hull & Barnsley Railway Stock Fund - Preserves surviving H&BR rolling stock, and dedicated to recording the railway's history

Hungarian State Railways - History of railways in Hungary

Indian Steam Railway Society - Promotes interest in Indian Railways steam heritage and current developments

Indonesia Steam - Extensive collection of trip reports and photos of steam railways in Indonesia

Indonesian Railway Preservation Society - Railway preservation, exploration, education, and railfanning in Indonesia

Indonesian Railways Heritage - Aims to restore and preserve historic railroad assets in Indonesia

Industrial Locomotive Society (ILS) - Researches steam locomotives that operated on industrial railways in the UK

Industrial Narrow Gauge Railways - Photos and information about current industrial and commercial narrow gauge railways operating throughout Europe, plus narrow gauge railway videos and DVDs from J&S Productions

Industrial Railway Society - Leading organization in the UK devoted to the study of all aspects, and all gauges, of privately owned industrial railways and locomotives, both at home and overseas

Inselbahn - Photos and information about the railways of north Germany and the Baltic Sea

Inter City Railway Society - Society for rail enthusiasts interested in the rail scene in both the UK and Europe

International Working Steam Locomotives - Extensive index of working steam locomotives by country with photos, trip reports, and information of steam operations and tours in Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, and South America

Iraq Railways - Various information about Iraq's railroads and tramways including the routes, equipment, history, development, news, and photos

Ireland Rail Transport History - Irish railway history since 1834

Irish Railwayana - Brief history of all railway companies in Ireland with details of surviving signs, locomotive plates, etc.

Irish Traction Group - Aims to preserve at least one example of each class of diesel locomotive operated on the Irish railway system; Carrick-On-Suir, Ireland

Jernbanen.dk - History of Danish railways rolling stock

Jersey Railways - History of steam railways on the island of Jersey

Jubilee Class Locomotives of the LMS - Descriptions and photos of the Jubilee class locomotives of the London, Midland & Scottish Railway

Kent & East Sussex Railway Operating Department - Information about the Operating Department of the East Sussex UK, including how steam locomotives work, how to volunteer, and more

Kent Rail - History of the railways of Kent UK, including infrastructure, locomotives, and rolling stock

Kharkiv Passenger Transit - Historical and informational site about past and present of passenger transit at Ukrainian city of Kharkiv (in Russian language)

La Estacion de Tren - Photos of historic Spanish railway stations

La Pagina Del Rio De La Plata - Photos and history of trains in Argentina

Lambton Locomotives Trust - Photos and history of surviving Lambton steam locomotives in the UK

Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Society - Promotes the study of the L&Y Railway and its predecessors and successors; UK

Lartigue Monorailway - History of the Listowel-Ballybunion Railway in Ireland that closed in 1924

Light Railway Research Society of Australia - Encourage interest in specialized railways including sugar production, timber milling, tourism, construction, manufacturing, quarrying, and mining

Lincoln Railway Society - Railway enthusiasts in Lincoln and the surrounding area; UK

Llanelli & Mynydd Mawr Railway Co. Ltd., The - Preserving the world's oldest public railway; UK

Llangollen Railcars - Maintains heritage railcars at the UK's Llangollen Railway and the Midland Railway

LMS Society - Preserves the history of the London, Midland & Scottish Railway

LNER (SVR) Coach Fund - Preserves and restores Gresley-designed teak carriages on the Severn Valley Railway in the UK

Locomotive Records - Guide to the earliest, fastest, heaviest, largest, and most powerful steam locomotives

Lokomotivklubben KLK - Books about the railways of Denmark

London & North Eastern Railway Encyclopedia - Engineer biographies, locomotive class pages, discussion forums, and articles about the LNER

London and North Western Railway Society - To foster interest in all aspects of the LNWR, its constituent companies, and joint lines

London Underground Railway Society - Studies all aspects of London's underground railways - past, present, and future, including the Post Office Railway, the Docklands Light Railway, and relevant sections of the national rail network

London's Abandoned Tube Stations - Photos and history of past underground stations in London

London, Brighton and South Coast Railway - Photos, rosters, history, models, and more of the LB&SCR or Brighton Line

Lyd2 Page: The Most Powerful 2' Gauge Diesel Locomotives in Britain - Built by the 23rd August Works in Romania for PKP (Polish State Railways), 3 of this class are now at the Welsh Highland Railway at Porthmadog, North Wales

Maginot Line, The - Underground narrow gauge railway near the eastern border of France to protect against invasion from the east

Main Line Steam Trust - Membership organization for the Great Central Railway aims to re-create the experience of British Main Line Railway operation during the best years of steam locomotives; Loughborough, Leicestershire, UK

Malta Railway - History of the Malta Railway Company which operated from 1883 until 1931

Malta Railway - Photos of the Malta Railway from 2002, showing remnants of the line which operated until 1931

Manx Electric Railway Society - Photos, timetables, and history of electric trams on the Isle of Man

Market Drayton Railway Preservation Society - Restoring the former Nantwich to Market Drayton Railway in the UK

Materials for the History of Argentine Railways - Statistics, pictures, technical texts, directors' reports, proceedings of shareholder meetings, biographies of senior staff, and other documents

Maunsell Locomotive Society - Restores steam engines that were designed by Richard Maunsell of the Southern Railway

Melbourne Tramcar Preservation Association Inc. - Preserves and restores selected examples of Melbourne trams; Haddon, Victoria, Australia

Mexico Tramways - Extensive history and photos of Mexico's 15 electric tramway systems

Midland Railway Society - Brings together those interested in the predecessors, successors, joint lines, and working arrangements

Mike's Railway History - Extensive history of world railways to the mid 1930's; by Michael Irlam

Moseley Railway Trust - One of the U.K.'s best collections of 60cm (2') gauge industrial railway equipment

Myanmar Railways - Photos and history of railways in Myanmar (Burma)

Narita Yume Bokujo Railway - 610 mm / 2 ft. narrow gauge preserved steam train; Narita Airport, Japan

Narrow Gauge Railway Society - Publishes a quarterly magazine about narrow gauge railways in the UK and worldwide

National Railway Enthusiasts Association (NREA) - Organizes British and European tours for railway enthusiasts; Worcester, UK

New Zealand Logging Locomotives - Photos and information about locomotives used on the bush tramways in New Zealand

New Zealand Railway and Locomotive Society - Publishes a bi-monthly magazine about New Zealand railways past and present

New Zealand Railway Rolling Stock Register - Lists all known surviving and preserved examples of steam, diesel, and electric locomotives, railcars, and trams in New Zealand

Newstead Tramcars - Offers Australian Birney style street cars and spare parts for sale near Melbourne, Australia

Nicaragua Railways - History of railways in Nicaragua, where all service was suspended by 2001

Norfolk Railway Society - Caters to every rail enthusiast in Norfolk - modern to historic, main line to narrow-gauge; UK

Norsk Jernbaneklubb - The Norwegian Railway Club operates The Krøder Museum Railway in Buskerud near Oslo and The Garnes Museum Train and Railway Museum near Bergen

North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group - Owns four steam locomotives from the North East of England, including K1 class 62005, Q6 class 63395, J27 class 65894, and J72 class 69023

North Eastern Railway (NER) - History of NER's formation

North Eastern Railway Association - Promotes the study of the former North Eastern Railway and other railways in the North East of England

North Somerset Railway - Aims to restore rail service between Radstock the national rail network at Frome, Somerset, UK

NottinghamRail.com - History and photos of the railways of Nottingham and surrounding areas; UK

NSW Rollingstock - Guide to the post-1950s freight rolling stock in NSW, Australia

NSWrail.net - Maps, photos, histories, and operational information about past and present railway lines and stations in NSW, Australia

Nunney Castle Support Group - Operates mainline steam excursions in the UK with Great Western Railway Castle Class 4-6-0 No. 5029

NVBS - Dutch society of railfans

Oberon Tarana Heritage Railway Inc - Preserving the 15 mile railway that operated from 1923 until 1979 at Oberon, Australia

Old Dalby Test Track - History of the 14-mile high-speed test track in the UK

On The Rails - Site for school students containing historic video footage of Australian train journeys, including The Ghan, Puffing Billy, and the Tea & Sugar

Ormondville Rail Preservation Group - Operates steam excursions in in the Tararua District, Southern Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

Paananen Railways - Finnish railway history and Railway Philately

Pacific Vapeur Club - Preserves French steam locomotive 231 G 558

Paekakariki Station Precinct Trust - Paekakariki Station Museum showing articles of New Zealand Railways and local history

Panama Railroad - History, photos, and maps of the first transcontinental railroad linking Atlantic and Pacific across Panama in 1855

Panama Railway - History of the world's first transcontinental railroad, linking Atlantic and Pacific across Panama

Paranormal Database - Documents dozens of reported ghosts and hauntings on the UK railways and subways

Passenger Group defending Montevideo Central Station - Group dedicated to saving Montevideo Central Station, Uruguay

Patons Country Narrow Gauge Railway - Proposed steam or diesel excursions from Ixopo Village, South Africa

Penmorfa.com - Photos of past and present railways in Wales

Penrhyn Railway Heritage Trust - Preserves the original trackbed of the Penrhyn Quarry Railway between Bethesda and Port Penrhyn at Bangor, Wales, UK

Peru Tramways - History and photos of electric tramways in Lima and Arequipa, plus steam and mule-driven trams throughout Peru

Peruvian Railroads History - History of railways in Peru

Peterborough South Australian Railways (MyStation) - History of The South Australian Railway System and tourist railways in South Australia, containing photos and text of Peterborough Station Complex, Riverto, Terowie, Pichi Richi Railways, and Peterborough Preservation Society

Poland Rail Transport History - History of Polish railways from the 19th century to present

Polish Narrow Gauge Railways - Photos and history of narrow gauge railways in Poland

Portishead Railway Group - Campaigning for the reopening of the Portishead to Bristol railway line, UK

Preserved Diesels - News, photos, and information about the preserved mainline diesel locomotives in the UK

Preserved Locomotive Enthusiasts Group - UK group organizing events using unusual diesel and electric locomotives

PreservedShunters.co.uk - Details and photos of former BR, WD/MoD, and industrial shunters in the UK

Pressnitztalbahn (Germany, Saxony) - Rebuilding a 750mm narrow gauge railway, 4 steam locomotives (from 1899, 1910, 1913, 1967), and historical and tourism traffic

Preston Station - History of past and present railways serving Preston, Lancashire, UK

Privat- und Museumsbahnseiten - Information and photos of past and present railways in Germany

Prototype Advanced Passenger Train (APT-P) - History of the British InterCity Development train, uniquely designed to provide faster journey times on the West Coast Main Line

Puerto Rico Rail Transport History - History of passenger and sugar cane railways in Puerto Rico

QldRailHeritage.com - Guide to rail-oriented museums, heritage rail tours, railfan groups, and model railways in Queensland, Australia

Rail Heritage Australia - Preserves railway heritage in NSW, Australia

Rail Heritage WA - Operates the Rail Transport Museum in Bassendean, Western Australia (formerly the Australian Railway Historical Society - WA Division)

Rail in India - Railway photography and trip reports from India

Rail Motor Society, The - Dedicated to restoring to operational condition 42ft CPH Rail Motors in NSW, Australia

Railcar Association - Dedicated to the history, technology, and preservation of first generation DMUs; UK

Railroad in Alsace-Lorraine - HO scale layout representing the railroads of Lutzelbourg, France, plus the story of railroads in Alsace-Lorraine

Railroad Station Home Page, The - Devoted to the architecture and history of railroad stations around the world

Railroads of Puerto Rico - Photos, maps, and history of the railroads and sugar industry in Puerto Rico

RailScot - History of Scotland's railways with photos, maps, and information about every major Scottish railway

Railway & Canal Historical Society - History of transport, chiefly in Britain

Railway Accidents - Chronological history of railway accidents worldwide

Railway Archive - The Last Main Line - Examines the history and continuing social, environmental, and economic impact of the Great Central Railway's London Extension, which ran between London and North Nottinghamshire between the 1890s and 1960s

Railway Heritage Committee - Designates records and artifacts owned by the post-British Rail (BR) industry which are historically significant and should be permanently preserved

Railway Preservation Society of Ireland - Aims to preserve, maintain, and operate steam locomotives and historic carriages on the main line railways of Ireland; excursions operate from both Belfast and Dublin at Christmas, Easter, Halloween, and regularly during the summer months

Railway Properties - Historic stations, sheds, signal boxes, and other rail structures for sale throughout the UK

Railway Ramblers - Organizes walks throughout the UK, usually on disused railways

Railway Women in Wartime - Collection of photographs of women working on British railways during wartime

Railwaygun Web Museum - For enthusiasts of railway guns and armoured trains of all sizes

Railways Archive - Online archive of key historical documents relating to the history of the UK's railways

Railways in Alsace-Lorraine - History, technical description of rolling stock, signaling, modeling information, and more about the railways in Alsace-Lorraine (Elsass-Lothringen) from 1870 to 1938; France

Railways in Belgium - History in Dutch and English of all standard gauge railways that existed in Belgium; includes maps and pictures

Railways In the Nile Valley - History of Egyptian railways from 1852 through the 1930s

Railways of the Far South - History and photos of the railways, mostly narrow gauge steam, in the far south of South America and in the islands of the South Atlantic

Railways Steam On - Photos and info about preserved and mainline steam railway events in the UK

RailWest - West Country Railway Archives with historical information on the railways of the UK West country

Rarotonga Steam Railway - Steam railway under development in the Cook Islands in the South Pacific

Record Railroad Routes - Guide to the highest, steepest, and longest railroad grades worldwide

Reefsteamers - Restores and operates steam locomotives in Germiston, South Africa

Renown Repulse Restoration Group - Raising funds to purchase and restore two ex-British Railways Class 50 diesel locomotives

Rimutaka Incline Railway Heritage Trust - Plans to operate a tourist heritage railway on a former route between Upper Hutt and Featherston, New Zealand

Rise and Fall of Railways in Jamaica, 1845-1975 - Detailed history of Jamaica's railways which ceased operation in the 1970s

Robert Forsythe's Homepage - Studies railway publicity and model railway history in the UK

Rolling Stock Components - UK rolling stock components available to railway preservationists from CF Booth

Rother Valley Railway - Working to reconnect Robertsbridge with Bodiam (East Sussex, UK), providing a link from the the mainline to the Kent & East Sussex Steam Railway

Roy's Railway Page - Photo archive dating from 1938 onwards of UK steam, diesel, and electric railway locomotives

Royal Deeside Railway - Historic railway once used by numerous Monarchs including Queen Victoria is now being restored between Crathes and Banchory, UK

SA Trains - Photos and history of South Australian Railways - steam and diesel, then and now

Sandstone Heritage Trust - Narrow gauge railway restoration and museum in Ficksburg, South Africa

Scandinavian Railways Society - Promotes interest in the railways and tramways of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden

schmalspur.at - News, maps, photos, model info, links, and more

Scottish Railway Preservation Society - Preserving Scotland's railway heritage with members carrying out restoration work on the Society's large collection of railway equipment

Shillingstone Station Project - Restored railway station in Dorset, UK

Shropshire Railway Society - Railway enthusiasts in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK

Sierra Leone Government Railway - History of the narrow gauge railways that operated in the West African country of Sierra Leone from 1897 to 1974

Signalling Interest Group of Western Australia (S.I.G.W.A.) - History and photos of signalling and signal boxes in Western Australia

Signalling Record Society - Founded in 1969 for the study of railway signalling in the British Isles and overseas

SNCV National Railways - History of passenger railways in Belgium

Società Veneta Ferrovie - Restoring and preserving historical steam locomotive, rolling stock, and signal box in Padua, Italy

South East Locomotive Group - Class 33 locomotive enthusiasts; Uckfield, East Sussex, UK

South Eastern & Chatham Railway Society - Promotes interest in the South Eastern and Chatham Railway, its two constituent railways (the London Chatham and Dover Railway and the South Eastern Railway), and successors

South Western Circle - Society for railway historians and enthusiasts interested in the London & South Western Railway (LSWR); UK

Southend Pier Railway - History and photos of the railway that operated the 2.2km Southend Pier until the late 1970s; UK

Southern Electric Group - Dedicated to south east England's 'Southern Electric' third rail electrified system

Southwold Railway Society - Promotes the memory of the Southwold Railway, a 3-ft gauge line in Suffolk, England, which closed in 1929 after 50 years

SRPS Diesel Group - Preserves, maintains, and operates a fleet of heritage diesel locomotives at the Bo'ness & Kineil Railway in West Lothian, Scotland

St. Albans Signal Box Preservation Trust - Maintains the St. Albans South Signal Box, built in 1892 by the Midland Railway, open to the public in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, UK

Stanier 8F Locomotive Society Limited - Preserves steam locomotive 48773 (LMS 8233) for excursions on the Severn Valley Railway and throughout the UK

Stanier Mogul Fund - Preserves British steam locomotive No. 42968 for excursions on the Severn Valley Railway and throughout the UK

Stately Trains - Photos and history of the historic passenger cars used on the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway in Skipton, North Yorkshire, UK

Steam Action in Turkey in the 1970s - Steam photos from Turkey by Robin Lush

Steam in Africa - Covers the prospects for working and near-working steam in Africa, as well as highlighting some preserved steam locomotives and relics

Steam in Asia - Covers the prospects for working and near-working steam in Asia, as well as highlighting some preserved steam locomotives and relics

Steam in Europe - Covers the prospects for working and near-working steam in Europe, as well as highlighting some preserved steam locomotives and relics

Steamrail Victoria - Volunteer group dedicated to restoring and operating historic locomotives and rolling stock; Victoria, Australia

SteamRail Wanganui - Preserving the Wanganui Turntable and related memorabilia; Wanganui, New Zealand

Stockton & Darlington Railway - History of the British railway built in 1825

Stratford 47 Group - Owners of British Class 47 diesel locomotives 47367 Kenny Cockbird on the North Norfolk Railway, 47596 Aldeburgh Festival on the Mid Norfolk Railway, and 47580 County of Essex

Street Railways of Asunción, Paraguay - History and photos of the tramway that operated from 1872 to 1997

Suburban Electric Railway Association, The - Guide to the activities of the UK's largest EMU preservation group and a brief history of UK D.C. suburban railways

Sudan Railways: Through Desert and Jungle - History of railways in Sudan from 1896 to the 1930s

Suriname Steam - Photos and history of steam trains in the northern South American country of Suriname

SVR Arley Station - Preserves the historic station on the UK's Severn Valley Railway

SVR Bewdley Station - Preserves the historic station on the UK's Severn Valley Railway

SVR Bridgnorth Station - Preserves the historic station on the UK's Severn Valley Railway

SVR Hampton Loade Station - Preserves the historic station on the UK's Severn Valley Railway

SVR Kidderminster Town Station - Preserves the historic station on the UK's Severn Valley Railway

SVR Rolling Stock Trust - Owns and restores locomotives and rolling stock at the UK's Severn Valley Railway

SVR S&T Department - Describes signalling on the UK's Severn Valley Railway

SVR Wolverhampton Branch - Supports the UK's Severn Valley Railway through restoration and marketing activities

Swindon's Other Railway - History and photo tour of the Midland and South Western Junction Railway between Cheltenham, Swindon, and Southampton, UK

Swiss Railways Society - UK organization bringing together those interested in Swiss railways, both prototype and model

Sydney Electric Train Society - Focused on the retention and operation of Greater Sydney's vintage electric trains; Australia

Tanat Valley Light Railway - Aims to preserve the former Tanat Valley Light Railway system in England and Wales

Terrier Trust - Preserves 0-6-0 tank steam locomotives built by the London Brighton & South Coast Railway (LB&SCR) between 1872 and 1880

Testing Times - History and photos of railroad equipment testing from the 1950s to today, including steam, diesel, and electric, primarily in the UK

Thailand-Burma Railway Centre - Museum dedicated to presenting the history of the Thailand-Burma Railway that was built by the Imperial Japanese Army during the second World War

The 92212 Locomotive Company Ltd - Preserves British steam locomotive No. 92212 for excursions on the Great Central Railway and throughout the UK

The Bassetlaw (North Notts) Railway Society - Local enthusiasts interested in promoting railways in the North Nottinghamshire area, based in Retford, Nottinghamshire, UK

The Commissioner's Office - E-zine of historical articles about Australia railways

The Crossley Engine - History of the WAGR X Class, a Crossley powered locomotive, with links

The Fifty Fund - Preserving British Rail Class 50s numbers 50031, 50035, and 50044

The Home Signal - Tribute to mechanical railway signalling in South Africa and the rest of sub-Saharan Africa

The Spilt Years - Rail photos from Germany, Austria, France, and other European countries, primarily from the 1970s

The Sulzer NSU - A brief history of the Commonwealth Railways Sulzer Powered NSU class locomotive, with links

TheRailwayCentre.Com - Technical data about UK locomotives, DMUs, EMUs, rolling stock, and more

Thessaloniki Railway Heritage 1871-2001 - All about the railway heritage of Thessaloniki, Greece including the first railway lines, tramways of Thessaloniki 1893-1957, military and industrial railways, and more

Ticket de quai - Articles about European railway history, technical aspects, and urban transit (in French only)

Timetable World - Online collection of historical railroad, bus, airline, and shipping timetables from around the world

Togolese Railway - Passenger operations in Togo (Africa) ceased in 1999, with limited freight service remaining

Train Records - Guide to the fastest, longest, and heaviest trains in U.S. and world history

Train Wrecks - Guide to the earliest, deadliest, and strangest train wrecks, crashes, derailments, and accidents

Trains of Turkey - Information about the modern Turkish Railway (TCDD) and former Anatolian Railways, including steam engines, diesel locomotives, passenger stock, history, stations, infrastructure, maps, museums, and passenger travel

Tramway Historical Society - Operates a tram at Ferrymead Heritage Park in Christchurch, New Zealand

Trinidad Government Railway - Only railway in Trinidad and Tobago operated from 1876 to 1968

Two Foot Preservation Trust - Preserving the narrow gauge steam railway heritage of Southern Africa

Type One Locomotive Company - Dedicated to the preservation of diesel locomotives; owns, operates, and maintains three ex-British Rail locomotives

Uganda Railway - History of a railway system that linked the interiors of Uganda and Kenya to the Indian Ocean at Mombasa, Kenya

UK Heritage Railways - Guide to all heritage railways, preserved locomotives, preservation societies, and railway museums in the UK

Underground History - Photos and history of disused stations in London's Underground

United Kingdom Chapter, NRHS - London, UK chapter of the National Railway Historical Society

Vatican City State Railway - History of the railway link to the Vatican City

Victorian Railways - Preserving the memory of Australia's Victorian Railways; photos and history of motive power, rolling stock, signals, and more

Vikbolandsbanan - 891mm narrow gauge on the Swedish east coast; history, maps, photos, and more

Vintage Carriages Trust - Fully searchable database of over 4,500 preserved railway carriages with over 3,700 photos

Wadebridge (34007) Locomotive Ltd - Restoring the Wadebridge steam locomotive, built at Brighton in 1945 as one of the first batch of "West Country" class 4-6-2 mixed traffic locomotives

Waitakere Tramline Society - 2-foot gauge passenger train on a line built in the early 1900's purely for the construction of the Waitakere Dam; Auckland, New Zealand

War Department Light Railways - Developing research site for light railways of WW1, including history, research, equipment drawings, and more

Waverley Route Heritage Association - Preserves the North British Railway line between Edinburgh and Carlisle through the Scottish Borders

Welsh Highland Railway Project - Effort led by the Ffestiniog Railway to rebuild and operate the Welsh Highland Railway in North Wales, UK

Welsh Highland Railway Society - To rebuild and operate the Welsh Highland Railway, a narrow gauge line across the mountains of North Wales which closed in the 1930s

Welsh Railways Research Circle - Brings together modellers and researchers who specialize in the railways of Wales and the Border Counties

Wensleydale Railway Association - Campaigns for the reinstatement of the railway between Northallerton and Garsdale, UK

West Somerset Railway Association - Volunteer support organization that works with the West Somerset Railway in keeping the memory of steam alive on the former Great Western Railway branch line between Bishops Lydeard and Minehead

Western Locomotive Association - Owner of two former BR Class 52 Westerns, D1013 Western Ranger and D1062 Western Courier, based at the UK's Severn Valley Railway

Weston Clevedon & Portishead Railway Group - Preserving the independent light railway that linked three North Somerset (UK) coastal towns from 1897 until 1940

Weston-Super-Mare Railway Society - Railfans and railway preservation in and around Weston, UK

Whistle Stop Maryborough - Devoted to promoting the historic and modern links that locomotovies have with the city; Maryborough, Quensland, Australia

Whitwell & Reepham Station - Restoring a station for use as a railway museum in Norwich, Norfolk, UK

Wightwick Hall Restoration Group, The - Restoration group engaged in putting ex GWR 4-6-0 locomotive 6989 Wightwick Hall back into steam operation

Witney & East Gloucestershire Railway - History and photos of the route (bought by the Great Western Railway in 1890), plus details of the present state of the line

Woodhead Site - Railway line that ran between Manchester and Sheffield via Woodhead; UK

Workington Iron and Steel - History of railroads and rail making at Workington Iron & Steel in West Cumbria, UK

Workington Transport Heritage Trust - Dedicated to the preservation and restoration of rail and road vehicles with local West Cumbrian connections; UK

Yugoslav Narrow Gauge to Dubrovnik, 1968 - Photos and description of a journey on the 76cm narrow gauge from Capljina to Dubrovnik in 1968; also includes photos of narrow gauge steam in Sarajevo

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