Useful websites




An alphabetical listing of rail industry terminology and acronyms. Each time we have to use an obscure term (GRIP for example) or mention an industry body (such as Rail Delivery Group) we create a link to the corresponding glossary entry. The glossary also includes terms we have adopted that are not in general use – passenger transport railway for instance.

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Useful websites

The Anonymous Widower
Idiosyncratic blog posts covering a range of topics including UK railway reopenings.

Big Plan. Big changes.
The Rail Delivery Group’s blueprint for rail’s future.
Download Big Plan. Big Changes document (pdf)

Campaign for Better Transport
An advocacy group in the United Kingdom that promotes sustainable transport, including better bus and rail services.

Our vision is for all communities to have access to high quality, sustainable transport that meets their needs, improves quality of life and protects the environment.

Source: Our Strategy 2019–2024, Campaign for Better Transport (pdf).

Greengauge 21
A not-for-profit organisation founded in 2006 by Jim Steer to research and develop the concept of a high-speed rail network as a national economic priority.

Modern Railways

Rail Magazine

+ more railway news websites
An independent campaign for a better passenger and freight rail network.

Trundleage – Proposed Railway Schemes
A well-informed rail industry insider provides frequent blog-format updates about proposed UK railway stations and infrastructure projects.


Expanding the Railways Produced by Campaign for Better Transport in association with Railfuture and Department for Transport, this 40-page guide for local authorities and other reopening scheme promoters covers the entire reopening lifecycle, from having an initial idea for a rail project through to running the first train. Download Expanding the Railways (sign-up required).

Franklin Jarrier’s masterpiece, Detailed London transport map | Zoom in and see track layouts and depots | Download pdf
Also: London Network Rail lines identification map | Download pdf

New Adlestrop Railway Atlas 2018
Created by Richard Fairhurst of Système D, the New Adlestrop Railway Atlas is a historical atlas of Britain’s railways, showing lines and stations currently open, plus those that have closed. The map extends from the south coast of England as far north as Lancaster and York. It includes Wales but not Scotland or Northern Ireland. Adlestrop (Wikipedia) is a Gloucestershire village where the Cotswold Line station closed in 1966. A pdf version of the map is available for download. We advise you not to publish parts of the map without Richard Fairhurst’s explicit permission.

New Popular Edition Maps
Ordnance Survey maps of the UK from the 1940s and 1950s. Not ultra-large scale and hard to navigate, but often worth the effort.
This is one of the places where you can find old maps showing the location of closed stations. It’s a useful resource but be prepared for a frustrating user experience. Click on the square icon to remove the blue overlay, then zoom in and out until you find a map that the site owner is willing to let you view without becoming a subscriber.

Old-Maps example

Old Maps Online
This is another place to visit when seeking the location of closed stations. Think of it as a search engine for the old Ordnance Survey maps located on the National Library of Scotland website. You could head over there, but it’s very hard to find what you’re looking for. The Old Maps Online user interface is better than, although this one also has its quirks.

A detailed online map of the world’s railway infrastructure, built on OpenStreetMap data. The map shows names of stations and major junctions plus the course of former railway lines.


Rail Map Online
A map showing almost every passenger, freight and military railway that has ever existed in the UK. Station names are not shown. Stations currently open are indicated by the National Rail symbol National Rail symbol. Zoom in for an extraordinarily high level of detail.

Tube Map Central
A fascinating website created by Max Roberts, an Essex-based designer and researcher into map usability and aesthetics.