This disc is a collection of the CRA’s own Journal – Cumbrian Railways. Volumes 1 to 5 have now been issued in digital form and cover the period from its inception in 1976 to 1996. These Journals are a valuable source of study of the railways of Cumbria over the first twenty years. An index to the content of the Journals is also included. Volume 1 runs from 1976 to 1979, Volume 2 is from 1980 to 1983. Volume 3 covers the period 1984 to 1988, Volume 4 from 1989 to 1992 and the final volume runs from 1993 to 1996.
Over this period, a number of milestone articles have been published, together with some very fine examples of first-hand railway research on railways in Cumbria or in the areas adjoining Cumbria. It is understandable that the early copies vary in quality; this is entirely due to the methods of reproduction used at the time. Later volumes are professionally printed and are increasingly better illustrated, a number of these images coming from the ever-growing CRA archives.
Even though you might have some or all of these issues as hard copies, the fact that they can be searched using key words is an invaluable asset, vital to have on hand for quick reference.