For those enthusiasts interested in historical railway rolling
stock, information is fairly well organised and adequately indexed
at many collections around the country.
This is not always the case for the enthusiast or railway historian
trying to locate material relating to buildings, civil engineering
and other lineside fixed equipment. Information there is in plenty,
but where it is located can be one of the deepest mysteries of
modern times. The National Railway Museum has a large collection
as does the Public Records Office at Kew - so too do numerous
County Records offices, Railway Civil Engineering offices, Railway
Preservation Societies and numerous similar places. Quite what
is where however, can often be difficult to ascertain.
A numbering system has been developed by the Signalling Records
Society that is not only extremely easy to understand but also
lends itself well to computerised search and retrieval techniques.
This system gives a two letter reference code (based on the pre-1923
companies) and a unique three digit number to each piece of railway
in the country. Every signalling installation along that line
is then given a three digit location number. For example NW050
is the London & North Western Railway line form Roade Junction
to Rugby via Northampton and NW050.071 is the reference for the
signal cabin that was situated at Althorp Park until 1965.
Railref have adapted the system described above and using mile-post
mileage's as a method of setting datum points, any given position
on any line in England can be easily and uniquely located. The
reference NW050/71.70 gives a Railref mileage base reference to
Althorp Signal Box.
Railref is well under way with references available for in
excess of 50% of the country but we need your
help to complete the project.
Click on the button below to find out more about Railref and also
ways in which you can help with this exciting project.
1 Westleigh Park - Scirocco Close - Northampton NN3
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