Resources and Services
These pages will be developed to provide a guide for access to the Cumbrian Railways Association's extensive collections of archives and photographs.
The CRA's archive collection is deposited in the Cumbria County Record Office at Kendal [County Offices, Stricklandgate]. For information about access and services please click here. You may also search for Cumbrian rail-related archive material (including the CRA collections). For more information click here. A wide selection of Cumbrian images, including railways and related subjects, can be found on Cumbria County Council's Image Bank which is a fully searchable resource.
Drawings and Documents
The Association is fortunate in having a large collection of drawings and other documents which are available for researchers and modellers. Generally these are deposited with the archive collections described above, but it is intended that a selection of these will be made available via this website - or in some instances that copies will be made available for direct sale. For more information click here.
Document Copy Service
The Association has a large collection of historical documents, mainly relating to operational issues, from which paper copies are available. Details of this new service can be found by clicking here.
The Association has a very extensive photographic library extending to around 40,000 images, and including railways in other parts of the UK (and parts of Europe) and shipping. A very substantial proportion of these have been or are being digitised.
Click here for more information about the collection, photo listings, how to order prints or digital files and conditions of supply.
To download an order form and price list click here.
A growing selection of our digitised images are being mounted on our separate Photo Archive website.
Family History - is there a railwayman in your family tree?
Increasing numbers of people are actively researching their family history - and with millions of mainly men having worked for the railways since the mid-19th century there is a good chance that most families have one or more railwaymen amongst their ancestors or relations. The Cumbrian Railways Association has spent much time developing a database of references to railwaymen - more information may be found by clicking here.