Archive Category: Railway Archive

The current route of the York to Selby cycle path was part of the East Coast Main Line, until the threat of subsidence from the Selby coalfield forced the route of the railway to be changed in 1983. This railway heritage is one of four main avenues for historical research in the Railway to Greenway project. You can find out more about the history of this railway by clicking on the links below.

In the archive –

  • Origins of the East Coast Mainline
  • The LNER  Encyclopedia
  • Maps and plans of the proposed and actual rail network in the York area.
  • Learn about the history of Naburn swing bridge courtesy of York RI Sailing Club.
  • Some photos of the Naburn Swing Bridge – Courtesy of Naburn and Bishopthorpe Local History Groups
  • Photos of Selby Bridge – a similar design – and its predecessor
  • Steam to Diesel – images of rolling stock from Mallard to Royal Scot to Deltic and HST 125
  • Photos of trains and infrastructure at Riccall and Escrick – courtesy of Riccall Local History Group
  • Maps and plans of the proposed and actual rail network in the York area.

Also some personal memories of people who lived alongside the track when it was still in use –

  • (Almost) de-railing the Royal Scot
  • Siver Cross Pram
  • Young Daredevils
  • Friendly fire

The Railway Races

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

The Importance of Freight

Until 1962 rail companies were required by law to carry any load offered to them.  At first coal and other…

The Flying Scotsman

This item is taken from the National Railway Museum website . More information can be found on  and…

Station and Signal Box Closures

Notes from Gavin Wright 5/12/1 Although the East Coast Main line trains continued to run until 1983, the local passenger…

Starting work on the ECML – Nick Beilby

Nick Beilby worked on the East Coast Main Line from the age of 19. Here he recounts his experience as…

Signal Box closures for East Coast Mainline diversion

    Station and signal box closure history This item lists the sequence of station and closures leading up to…

Selby Coalfield: Development Implications for British Rail

This is an archive from the Transport Ministries dated from 1974-1976, which is only accessible from The National Archives.  …

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…

Selby Coalfield

Council for the protection of rural England. Administrative Records. Correspondence and Administrative Files. Yorkshire Folder entitled Selby Coalfield.

Rowntrees Passenger Service

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

Rowntree Halt

Not all Rowntrees workers arrived on bikes. Each morning a train from Selby via Riccall and Naburn to Rowntree Halt…

Route Diagram of the Cycle Route

Rolling Stock and Infrastructure at Riccall and Escrick – Photos

Robert Cayton – railway worker

  Robert Cayton’s son Les still lives in Bishopthorpe. He was brought up in the cottages by the bridge over…

River to Railway – Sam Taylor’s ‘Riccall : A Village History’

Sam Taylor in his book “Riccall: a Village History” looks at the 1901 Census to illustrate the impact of the…

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