Technical Notes
To access the online gazetteer, please click on the link below. This is a secure area and there will be a slight delay while each page is loaded on screen. Please note that a 'cookie' will be created on your computer to store the password you enter, but this will be deleted when you end your session. Your browser must support Javascript. Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox give the best results; other browsers have not been tested.

Click here for the gazetteer login page. Special note for Spring 2020: When you enter the username, please ignore the space shown at character 7 in magazine 165; it shouldn't be there, and only appears because Microsoft Word decided that this quarter's username required auto-correcting. (We suspect that many members have had similar 'adventures' with auto-correct!)

This section of the website is for members only and contains an online version of Vinter's Railway Gazetteer, which lists railway paths of two miles' length or more throughout the British Isles. You will need a username and password to access this area; these are circulated to club members via the quarterly magazine, Railway Ramblings, and appear in the 'Endnotes' section of each edition. (If you would like to join the club, click here for membership details.)

Above: The Haytor Granite Tramway is one of the UK's most unusual railway survivors and walking routes. The view here shows a section of granite track which remains in situ on the approach to one of several granite quarries on Haytor Down, Dartmoor. The down is now a Site of Special Scientific Interest, whiile the remains of the tramway are a scheduled ancient monument. Opened in 1820, competition from rival Cornish quarries put the quarries and tramway out of business in 1858. 13th June 2015. (Jeff Vinter)

The previous major revision to the gazetteer brought it up to date as at April 2010, when it was published (in book as opposed to electronic form) by The History Press. The huge task of updating it with details of all path openings and extensions since 2010 was completed between June and December 2015. The current situation is as follows:

  • Introduction: Complete.
  • England: Complete to 31st October 2016.
  • Ireland: Complete to 31st October 2016.
  • Scotland: Complete to 31st October 2016.
  • Wales: Complete to 31st October 2016.
  • Illustrations: Complete.

Full details of any paths opened or extended after the above dates will be found in the 2016 News page.

The new edition to be published by The History Press in early 2017 will reflect the position to 31st August 2016.

The Introduction to the gazetteer provides a detailed account of the project.

The Webmaster wishes to thank club member Keith Holliday for his help with research, corrections and proof reading, and for his general encouragement.