Historical Railway Cartography Gallery Index


My interest in historical cartography is closely linked to railways in that I am fascinated with the intricate detail the Architects and Designers went to in their Engineering creations. Many of the maps I have collected are quite rare and in a poor condition so I have set myself the task of redrawing them in AutoCAD by "tracing" over a scanned image. Examples of which are my drawings of North Wales, South Wales, Barry Railway 1901 & Isle Of Wight, at the it was fast becoming the biggest coal exporter in the world. The record year in fact was 1913 where The Barry Dock made the largest contribution to the 225 million tons of steam coal extracted around the UK that year.

My particular interest in railways is not the trains (although I do enjoy a trip on any of the preserved lines in the UK) but in the infrastructure that made up the system such as the impressive viaducts, embankments and tunnels, the beautiful architecture of the stations and bridges.

There are some people in this world that take things lightly without getting stressed & wound up. I am one of those but there are others out there that seem to enjoy a good rant above all and seem to take great pleasure in causing people distress. All I want (Along with most people in this world) is a stress free life. If anyone finds anything on this site to which they take offence please let me know & it can be sorted out amicably. If anyone feels like they want to copy any information I have on this site please feel free. It was, after all, the purpose of setting up this site to share whatever information I find with other interested parties & not to rant at others for hours that have taken copies from other sites with appropriate credit. I for one have no problem with anyone copying out of copyright information from my site even if I have scanned them which in essence makes the copyright my own. So unless I have stated anywhere that something is under copyright then you are free to copy anything from this site.