This page will assist those interested in researching Minor Railways. Firstly, there is an "Appeals for Information" section and then a resource facility giving access to a Database containing over 22,580 entries to Minor Railway references in magazines, periodicals and newsletters. The most recent additions are shown in RED.
Appeals for Information
From time to time appeals for information about past or current Minor Railways will appear here. This may be in connection with a research project or merely an attempt to try and find out the current situation at a particular railway. Responses are very welcome and will be gratefully received. Please E-Mail to: scott.pe[at]btinternet.com or write to: Peter Scott, 93 Josephine Court, Southcote Road, Reading, RG30 2DQ.
Skegness Miniature Railways
Work is progressing on researching the history of the various miniature railways that have operated in the well-known seaside resort of Skegness, for a new book in the Minor Railway Histories series. However, the Pandemic has slowed work somewhat, with restricted access to Libraries and Archives.
The railways included are:
15" gauge line on the North Beach in the 1920s.
10¼" gauge temporary lines operated by Ernest Dove in 1945 & 1946.
7¼" gauge line in the Derbyshire Miners' Holiday Centre in the 1950s.
A line of unknown gauge north of the Pier in 1947.
A temporary line of unknown gauge run for the September 1950 Carnival
10¼" line by the Boating Lake, which operated from 1951 until 1992.
12¼" gauge electric tramway, which replaced the 10¼" gauge line, and operated 1994 & 1995.
Some Chapters are now complete, but I would be still very pleased to hear from anyone who has further information or photographs/postcards of any of these railways. I would especially like to locate any information about the 1947 and 1950 lines. Thank you.
References & Information Database
Having problems locating articles or references to specific railways, hidden away in magazines? The References & Information Database can help! The Database contains over 22,580 references to Minor Railways in a large selection of magazines, periodicals and newsletters. So you can now locate that obscure article or note you know you have read, but cannot remember where.
Searching the Database
Whilst it is not possible to search the Database online, E-Mail enquiries will be accepted and the results can be sent in a suitable format. See "How it Works" for details.
Which Railways are Included
Railways included and referenced are those that appear, or would have appeared, in Sections 2, 3 & 4 of "Minor Railways". (That is railways of gauge 7¼" up to [but not including] standard gauge, which are/were open to the general public and operated mainly for leisure purposes).
Description of a Typical Reference
A typical reference/entry will include the following information:
Name of Railway, Name of Magazine & Volume Number, Page Number, Type of Reference.
The last will be of the form: Article, Note, Letter, Picture.
Branch Line News (1966 to date)
Heritage Railway (May 1999 to date)+
Heywood Society Journal (October 1976 to date)+
Irish Railway News (October 1993-May 1999)+
Industrial Railway Record (November 1962 to date)+
Locomotive Magazine & Railway Carriage & Wagon Review (1923-1959)
Meccano Magazine (1930-1972)
Miniature Railway (2006 to date)+
Model Engineer (1920-1926, 1932-1963, 1965, 1969)
Model Railway News (1925-1966, 1968-1970)
Narrow Gauge Times/Railway Times (December 1975-March 1981)+
Narrow Gauge World (March 1999-October 2014)
Railway Gazette (1931)
Railway Magazine (1924 to date)
Railway Observer (1934-1959)
Railway World (1942-1976)
The Narrow Gauge (1984 to date)
It is hoped to add other issues/magazines in due course.
How it Works
For your chosen railway(s), simply send an E-Mail to scott.pe[at]btinternet.com (or write if you prefer). Remember some railways have gone under a number of different names over the years, so include these and a rough location, if known. Also state how you would like the data sent: paper copy by post, Access 2000 table, Excel Spreadsheet, Word Document, pdf format etc. I aim to turn around enquiries in a few days.