History of the British Railway

From steam pioneer through entrepreneurial boom, to a loss-making nationalised British Rail, the history of the British railway industry has ridden a technological and social wave for nearly 200 years. And for many, the story of the railways is the story of industrial Britain. Find out more about the railways’ story, with links and resources to explore further.

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From 1948 to 1997, British Rail was solely responsible for the state railways of Britain, transforming a collection of exhausted, post-war steam operators into the modern network we know today. Read more of its story.

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History of Railways in Britain

From late Georgian steam engineers, to the multi-billion pound civil engineering project of High Speed 1, Britain’s railways have a fascinating and inspiring tale to tell. Learn more about its development.

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