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Plans for old British Rail Works

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I am just starting on my first proper model layout after nearly reaching retirement age. Is it possible to obtain plans for UK railways from way back - 40 /50 years? I have very fond memories of Wolverhampton and Oxley railway sheds in the 50s and 60s, (83a and 83b I think). Is it possible to obtain plans which give an idea as to how these used to look years ago? My memory can only do so much :)
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John Hinton's website has information on a number of stations and also links to the Signalling Records Society which have even more. But these are signal box diagrams rather than scale drawings of the station, and therefore have their limitations.

The Middleton Press do an enormous range of books detailing the history of many parts of the British railway network. These books are mostly photographic,but include extracts from old OS maps showing the track layout etc at stations. Warmly recommended for the modeller.

There are also other publications detailing individual stations, particularly on the GWR, which can be found; a visit to your local library may throw up some of these. And most major railways have societies devoted to their history which can prove a fruitful source of information as well.

Best wishes for your efforts - I likewise returned to railway modelling several years ago after a gap of over 40 years!
John Webb
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My husband has a book called stations from the air - Ian Allen Publishing - ISBN 0-7110-2980-6 and I have a book called A historical Survey of southern sheds - chris hawkins and george reeve and printed by Oxford Publishing Co - ISBN 0-86093-020-3. these are both really useful books containing overhead photographs in the first one and full drawings for all shed etc in the second. I also think that the same author does a historical survey of southern stations and possibly for other parts of the country as well. hope this helps

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A former colleague, Eddie Lyons, has written two books covering Great Western Engine Sheds, published by OPC, and although out of print they regularly turn up on ebay and in second-hand lists at fairly reasonable prices. As Nikki has said there are several books devoted to station plans, certainly GWR, LMS and SR, as well as detailed surveys of lines like the S&DJR and the MSWJR, and there are more Aerofilms/Chris Leigh books as well. A very good source for a large proportion of the country is Alan Godfrey Maps. These are reproductions of large scale Ordnance Survey maps, usually from around 1910 and show incredible detail. Try this for the Wolverhampton area Within the catalogue section they try to identify which railway bits are included, which is a considerable boon, and they are only just over two pounds a go, which I think is good value.
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