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Information about Old Railway Permanent Way
oldpway.info is a compilation of information about old railway permanent way, ie. railway track.
oldpway.info is mainly concerned with:
- The appearance, design and development of British railway permanent way between the 1820s and the 1930s.
oldpway.info also includes:
- Some information about permanent way in other countries, eg. USA, India, Australia.
- Some later and some earlier information.
- Some information about tramway permanent way.
- Online copies of old contemporary drawings, papers, articles and books about permanent way.
- Modern drawings and articles about old permanent way.
- Photographs of old permanent way and track components (particularly railchairs).
- A detailed guide to sources of information about old permanent way and what is on oldpway.info.
- Information about people involved in permanent way.
- Information about where old permanent way exists, in museums and other locations.
- Links to other useful websites.
For a more detailed list of what is included on oldpway.info and what is not included, see the
All information is indexed or searchable by topic, date or railway company.
All information on oldpway.info is free to view, print and use.
If the information is used publicly please acknowledge oldpway.info as the source.
It is expected that oldpway.info will start small but grow much larger as it develops.
Please help this to happen.
There is a lot of information available about old permanent way, but it is very hard to find.
oldpway.info tries to remedy this problem.
If you have any information about old permanent way that you wish to share with the world via oldpway.info please contact oldpway using the
Contact Details page.
oldpway.info is compiled by Ernest Bate, with assistance and input from many people.
oldpway.info is arranged as a set of pages which provide information and give access to all the on-line material.
These pages are reached by the links in the navigation bar at the head of this page or below. The pages contain the following:
- oldpway Home
This is the oldpway.info Home page, which is this page.
This page provides a guide to published sources of information about old permanent way.
The guide includes books, papers, articles and reports.
It provides brief details, description of contents and links to further details and on-line reading.
The guide page also leads to a page that gives
and a page that contains
of drawings, objects, papers and patents that can be found elsewhere.
The guide page also provides access to unpublished archives that are on-line on oldpway.info.
The guide page does not include
extant sites and
all of which have their own oldpway pages.
This page is a list of drawings of old permanent way.
It provides links to and details of all on-line drawings on oldpway.info.
This page is a list of photographs of old permanent way, including track components such as railchairs.
It provides links to and details of all on-line photographs on oldpway.info.
oldpway.info includes a number of on-line articles, written for this website, about aspects of old permanent way.
This page lists and gives access to these articles.
This page provides information about people associated with old permanent way.
oldpway.info includes useful lists of people, short biographies and some more detailed biographies.
Links to related information are provided whenever possible.
This page lists places where old permanent way exists, including museums and other locations.
It details what is there and it links to on-line photographs on oldpway.info.
This page provides links to external websites that are relevant to old permanent way.
This page provides lists of the abbreviations used in oldpway.info, followed by a glossary of permanent way terms.
- Contact Details
This page provides details of how to contact oldpway.info.
This page answers frequently asked questions about oldpway.info.
- Companies Index
This page is an index to the information about British old permanent way on oldpway.info, arranged by railway company name.
It covers British railway companies, including Scottish and Irish companies.
For overseas companies see Overseas Index.
- Overseas Index
This page is an index to the information about overseas old permanent way on oldpway.info, arranged by railway company name.
It covers overseas railway companies, ie. companies outside the British Isles.
For British railway companies, including Scottish and Irish companies, see Companies Index.
- Topics Index
This page is an index to the information about old permanent way on oldpway.info, arranged by topic.
- Dates Index
This page is an index to the information about old permanent way on oldpway.info, arranged by date.
This page provides a search of all the information about old permanent way on oldpway.info.
- Weardale Railway History
This is Ernest Bate's on-line archive of information about Weardale Railway History (which is unrelated to old permanent way).