railways by Denis Hill


The interior of Nottingham Victoria Station, c.1905.
The interior of Nottingham Victoria Station, c.1905.

Picture the Past

There are over 1800 photographs and engravings showing railway-related  images for Nottinghamshire. The collection includes the building of the Mansfield-Southwell railway in 1871, the construction of a road bridge over the LMS line at Bobbers Mill (1930), the demolition of the Great Central viaduct in Bulwell in 1981 and the destruction of the Giltbrook Viaduct in 1973 .

Bassetlaw Museum

The online catalogue lists 235 photographs (May 2010) from the north of the county covering railway stations, railway staff portraits, trains, engineering works (e.g. the Retford Dive Under built in 1964, Bevercotes colliery branch line, 1960) and railway accidents.

Bassetlaw (North Notts) Railway Society

“The Society is currently engaged in creating a photographic archive of the railways in and around Retford and Worksop in North Nottinghamshire.  So far we have accumulated over 1600 pictures covering the steam, diesel and electric eras.” Photographs listed on the website date from the 1930s to the present.

National Railway Museum (NRM)

Accident at Shireoaks near Worksop, 1912.
Accident at Shireoaks near Worksop, 1912.

Information on the NRM photographic collections is available on the Access to Archives website:

NRM Research & Information services:

The Miscellaneous Series of railway photograph albums includes:

The Derby Registers held at the National Railway Museum list many of the photographs taken by the official Midland Railway photographers and their successors in the LMS and British Railways. Volunteers from The Midland Railway Society have been entering information from the registers to a database. There are a number of Nottinghamshire related photographs listed in the online catalogue:

National Monument Record (English Heritage)

There are 150 files containing photographs and drawings of railway buildings (mainly stations) in Nottinghamshire...

Record Office for Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland

Sidney Newton’s impressive collection of photographs recording the construction of the Great Central Railway is available to view online:

Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust

The Elton Collection includes mid-19th century lithographs of stations and ‘keeper’s lodges’ on the Midland Railway’s Nottingham to Lincoln line opened in 1846. Several are illustrated in

Other railway photographic archives containing Nottinghamshire-related material: