You may also search for other items in the Cumbria Record Centres – and elsewhere – by going to the general a2a search facility by clicking HERE. Click on Advanced Search, then select one of the Cumbria Record Centres from the drop-down list and enter your other search criteria – and away you go!
When the page appears click on "Search these catalogues", then enter the details of your search in the boxes below. To obtain details of the CRA collection type "Railway*" in Keyword or Phrase, and select "Cumbria Record Office, Kendal" in the Location of Archives box. Click "search" and the CRA collection will come at the top of the list which will be displayed. If you then click on the number of items (currently 1137) the full catalogue will be displayed. You can, of course, limit the search to the specific railway company you are interested in
Enter the keyword you wish to search on (railway company, location, name, etc.); in the "Location of Archives" box select the office at which you wish to search the catalogue. Then click search. Select the catalogue you wish to see and more details will appear. Clicking "Catalogue in Full" at the top of the page will reveal the full detail of that collection.
One of the most important deposits of railway material at the County Record Offices was deposited by British Rail about 1976. It consists of a vast number of engineering and architectural plans of land, buildings and infrastructure and is split between the offices at Barrow and Carlisle and which originally came from the FR/LMS/BR London Midland Civil Engineer's Office at Barrow. Under each office name, enter British Railways as the keyword for the outline lists to appear - then click on "Catalogue in Full". Furness area material is held at Barrow, West Cumberland plans at Carlisle.
Local studies libraries in Cumbria also hold much material of interest to the railway historian, including published works, newspapers, photographs, trade directories, census reports and much more. The principal local collections are held at Carlisle, Kendal, Barrow and Whitehaven, with significant collections also at Penrith and Workington. Other libraries in the county may also have material relevant to their immediate local area. To visit the Local Studies website click HERE.
Other archive resources for Cumbrian rail history: