Author Archives: Karen Baker, Librarian

Railway libraries and the culture of self-betterment

Saturday 7 February is National Libraries Day and we thought it would be the ideal time to show the important historical role railway libraries have made to the rail industry, its workers and society at large. Libraries often formed part of the Mechanics Institute, … Continue reading

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The ABC of trainspotting literature: adventure, pedantry and fun

As part of our Trainspotting Season I have been looking in a bit more detail at the literature of the hobby – the many guides, memoires and journals that have featured large in railway publishing since the boom of interest started … Continue reading

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Railway historian’s research legacy begins new life

We have teamed up with the Railway & Canal Historical Society (R&CHS) to create a new research tool based on the work of esteemed railway historian Alan Jackson. Jackson wrote many books in his lifetime and, as part of his … Continue reading

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Hidden Treasures: a sneak peek behind the scenes

We are taking part in the Collections Trust Hidden Treasures event this Bank Holiday (22-27 August). Which means you will have an opportunity to get up close and personal with some of our less known and less seen railway treasures on … Continue reading

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New look for our Library Catalogue

This post is to let you know that our library catalogue is changing at the end of August. As some of you may know who have used Search Engine, the our library catalogue is hosted by the University of York (we share … Continue reading

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Post 1950 family history resources

In my last post I mentioned that we would be showcasing library and archive material of potential interest to family historians. So I thought I’d share with you this useful and rather underused resource – the Transport Directory (later to … Continue reading

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Sporty railway ancestors?

Many of our visitors to Search Engine are interested in tracing their railway ancestors. We offer some help and assistance in this area (see our fact sheet) but we’re aware that there is more material within our library and archive collections that may … Continue reading

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