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Use the search item to bring up items relating to whatever aspect of the project interests you. Where possible we will show copies of the actual material – document, photo or audio files. Otherwise, the website will  simply ‘signpost’ you to where you can find the material. This will generally be for items that have copyright or other permission issues. The item will give a brief description of the item. If you want to follow it up you can contact the archive where it is located – a museum or a local history group.Although we stand to make no commercial advantage from using material, we have exercised due diligence in checking any restrictions on our right to display it.


Or just browse, there is already lots of fascinating material there …

Rowntrees Passenger Service

The Rowntrees chocolate factory in York required many workers who needed transport to get to and from work from outlying…

The Railway Races

The steam train was for many years the fastest method of surface transport, but there were constraints on the exploitation…

Early Planning of the Route

The route of the railway owes its thanks to notorious ‘Railway King’ George Hudson of York. He promoted the York…

An Account of Riccall Railway Station by Malcolm Webster

Malcolm worked at Riccall station in the 1950’s. He remembers the 7:00 AM Rowntree train which went from Selby to…

Selby Coalfield E.C.M.L. Diversion

This is an Archive held at The National Archives and shows the East Coast Main Line diversion from Temple Hirst…

North Eastern Railway York and Doncaster Bill 1864

The Parliamentary Bills and minutes of evidence is held at The National Archives and is only accessible there.   Reference…

Map of Escrick – 1890

  Copyright: The Francis Firth Collection.

Map of Riccall – 1889

  Copyright: The Francis Firth Collection.

Map of Bishopthorpe – 1898

  Copyright: The Francis Firth Collection.

Map of Bishopthorpe – 1948

  Copyright: The Francis Firth Collection.

Map of Escrick – 1947

  Copyright: The Francis Firth Collection.

Map of Barlby – 1903

  Copyright: The Francis Frith Collection.

Map of Bishopthorpe – 1890

This is an ordinance survey map of Bishopthorpe village from 1890, which shows the North Eastern Rail line running through…

Boyhood Memories of the Track at Bishopthorpe

Tim lived in Bishopthorpe as a young lad and still lives there today, using the path on a daily basis.…

Gascoigne Wood Drift Site – WS Atkins Project Plan

A “coffee table” publication by WS Atkins, the main contractor for the Gascoigne Wood Drift mine site. Coal was transported…

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