Railway History Societies and sources...

An alphabetical list of societies and other useful sources of railway information can be found in the table below. These can be accessed simply by clicking on the links on the opposite their description.

Societies who have been inadvertently omitted and wish to have their details included on these pages should use the contact form provided.

To search for a society you know simply click on the letter links below. To check out the source or society’s web site click the ‘Quick links’ box adjacent to its name.

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Akron Canton & Youngstown Railroad Historical Society (US)

Amtrak Historical Society(US), education preservation and research

ARHS, the Australian Railway Historical Society (Tasmanian Division)

Association pour l'histoire des chemins de fer en France, rail history site


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Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Historical Society (US)

Bedfordshire railways at Bedfordshire Genealogy

Burlington Route Historical Society (US)


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Cambrian Railways Society (Oswestry Railway Centre)

Canadian Association of Railway Modellers

Canadian National Lines SIG, operation research, history, modelling group

Canadian Pacific SIG - dedicated to sharing information about the CPR

Central of Georgia Railway Historical Society (US)

Chesapeake and Ohio Historical Society

Chicago & North Western Historical Society - NMRA SIG maintained site

Class 40 Preservation Society - UK Railway preservation group

CP-Portuguese Railways – a brief history

Cumbrian Railways Association


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Danger Ahead—Historic Railway Disasters

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Society

Denver Rail Heritage Society

Department of Transport (UK)—for the latest on UK rail plans

The Devils Guide to the Railway Industry

Deutsches Museum (in English)—has extensive rail collections


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East Lancashire Railway

Edinburgh’s Transport: Railways. Lots of archive pictures.

Electric Railway Historical Association (US)- with sounds!


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Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, Inc.

Friends of the East Broad Top (US) - educational and historical society

Fundación de los Ferrocarriles Españoles—Spanish site with English pages


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Glasgow University Archive Service—holds records of Scots loco builders

Great Northern Railway Historical Society (US)- modelling information, etc

Great Northern Railway Society (UK)

Great Western Study Group (UK)

GWR Modelling: more than 200 pages dedicated to modelling GWR

Gwili Vintage Carriage Trust—Welsh group restores Victorian coaches


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Heritage Railway Association—UK heritage railways

The Highland Railway Society

Historical Societies and Preservation, gateway site (US & worldwide)

Historical Model Railway Society (HMRS), ‘definitive’ source for UK.

History of East Lancashire Railway


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Illinois Central Railroad Historical Society 

Indian Steam Railway Society

The Industrial Revolution and the Railway System

Institute of Railway Studies and Transport History, York

International Society for the Preservation of Women in Railroading (US)

Irish Railway Record Society

Isle of Wight History Centre, general source, includes transport.


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Journal of Transport History


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Lachlan Valley Railway Society (Australian)

The Light Rail Transit Association

London Transport Museum

London and North Western Railway Society, the ‘Premier’ line’s site.


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Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad Preservation and Historical Society

Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad Preservation Society

Merchant Navy Locomotive Preservation Society

Mid-Continent Railway Historical Society (US)

The Midland Railway Society

Midwest Railway Historical Foundation

Milwaukee Electric Railway & Transit Historical Society


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The Narrow Gauge Society (UK)

The National Archives (UK)

National Model Railroad Association (US) Directory of World rail sites

National Railway Historical Society (US)

National Railway Museum (NRM)—UK’s finest on display

National Rail Museum (India)—India’s railway heritage

National Tramway Museum (UK)

Network Rail (UK)

New Zealand Railways: gateway listing all major railway sites in NZ

Norfolk Railway Society

Northampton & Lamport Railway


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Office of Rail Regulation (UK)-home of the industry’s economic regulator!

Ontario & Western Railway Historical Society (US)

Open Directory, Trains and Railroads: offers links around the world.


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Portuguese Association of Friends of the Railway


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Railfan.net (US)

Railfaneurope.net — collection of info/links on European railways

Rail Posters—advice and research on railway art

Rails USA, lists many US societies and sites

Railway Ancestors—Family History Society: aid in tracing UK rail workers

Railway and Canal Historical Society

Railway Correspondence and Travel Society (UK)

Railway Friendly Societies (UK) (at Association of Friendly Societies)

Railway Women (in Wartime)

Railways in the 19thCentury

The Railways Archive

RailroadData.com site (US) lists many railway sites of interest.

Rails Canada—Preservation and Historical Societies in Canada

Research Railroad History at Questia, the world’s largest online library

Revista Ferroviária—Brazilian rail site with English pages

Russian Railways Group (UK)


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Scandinavian Railways Society (UK)

South Bay Historical Railroad Society

Southern Railway Historical Association  (US)

Southern Railway History and Modeling (US)

Southern Railways Group (UK)

Southwold Railway Society

Stephenson Locomotive Society (SLS), ‘premier’ UK railway study society

Strategic Rail Authority (UK)


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TrainNet International Railway Links—comprehensive listings site

Tramways and Light Railway Society


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UK Railways on the Net—information on today’s rail scene

United Railroad Historical Society of New Jersey (US)


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Victorian Railways and their Predecessors


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War Department Light Railways

Welsh Highland Railway

Welsh Railways Research Circle

West Country Railway Archives— information on railways of SW England

Western New York Railway Historical Society


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