Railway Maps and Plans from the 1860s

A selection of maps and plans showing the proposed and actual networks in the area.

This map shows the network before the creation of the line from Selby to York. East Coast trains to and from Scotland would have had to take the York and North Midland route via Normanton, longer and hillier than the proposed route and using lines belonging to other companies.

In 1863-4, railway surveyors issued a map of the countryside from York to Selby and drew a line linking some of the villages on the route, though this was otherwise virtually a straight line. Copies of these maps and the documents relating to the purchase of the necessary land can be found at the National Railway Museum in York and in Hull’s History Centre.


Land plans, NER, County of York, 1863.

Land Plans. NER. County of York. 1863. Sheet No 2.







This map hangs on the wall at the National Railway Museum




Much of the land needed belonged to Lord Wenlock of Escrick Grange. Below is a page from a rent book listing the estate’s tenants, their status, the extent of their tenancy and what crops they grew. Some of these may have had to move to make way for the railway. Early echoes of HS2?






Below is a letter from railway engineer George Leeman to Lord Wenlock promising him that trains to and from London would stop at Escrick to allow his Lordship and Her Ladyship on or off. This privilege was not extended to guests or servants!



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