Yorkshire railway history

PUBLISHED: 10:41 08 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:40 20 February 2013

A painted photograph by F Moore,showing York Station from the south,with trains waiting to depart.

A painted photograph by F Moore,showing York Station from the south,with trains waiting to depart.

This month we dip into what must be one of the biggest picture libraries in the country to give a snapshot of Yorkshire railway history.

This month we dip into what must be one of the biggest picture libraries in the country to give a snapshot of Yorkshire railway history. The photographs over the next few pages can be found at Search Engine, the research and archive centre in the Great Hall at the National Railway Museum, in York, which celebrates its first anniversary this month. Not only are there 1.5 million photographs in the archive dating from the 1850s to the present day which is an average of 9,554 photographs from every year since 1850 - including more than one million engineering drawings of railway vehicles dating back to 1820. Unusually for these days the archive is 'the real thing' and not digitized simply because it would take 240 years to make the images and drawings available online - and the archive is still growing. Search Engine will also house a great range of items when fully complete with a selection of National Collection treasures including one of the few diaries in existence of Robert Stephenson and what is thought to be the world's oldest child's drawing of a train. The images shown in our Gallery have been chosen by Bob Hughes, our circulation manager, who is also a self-confessed train buff. All images courtesy of National Railway Museum. www.nrm.org.uk

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