Local railway history: using visual resources


By Jane Card, published 9th August 2010


Before the 1960s British Rail's spider-web network of railway lines reached every town and thousands of villages. Where you live would have been within a thirty minute journey from a station; scroll down to look at the two maps of the pre - 1961 and post 1969 rail networks.). Most schools are near a disused railway line and station. Pupils can research their local railway and set it into the context of national transport developments: roads, canals and railways: horses, steam power [trains] and the internal combustion engine [cars, buses and lorries].

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Visual images

Local and national railway history ‘visuals' provide evidence that all pupils can access, see Primary History 49. The range is huge and easily available in local history books, pamphlets...

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