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.

This section of the website is for members only and contains an online version of (Jeff) Vinter's Railway Gazetteer. The material here is for private use only and may not be reproduced or published in any form.

Click here for the gazetteer login page and use the credentials published in the latest edition of Railway Ramblings (see the 'Endnotes' section). 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 October 2016, when it was published (in book as opposed to electronic form) by The History Press. Another huge update has been started, with help from members Keith Holliday and Jonatahn Dawson, which it is hoped will be complete by 31st December 2021. This update comprises (a) applying all updates collected by the author, Jeff Vinter, since October 2016, then (b) applying all updates which have been published in Railway Ramblings since October 2016. The current situation is as follows:

  • Introduction: Complete.
  • England: Complete to 31st October 2016 with stage (a) completed up to and including Essex.
  • Ireland: Complete to 31st October 2016; subsequent updates pending.
  • Scotland: Complete to 31st October 2016; subsequent updates pending.
  • Wales: Complete to 31st October 2016; subsequent updates pending.
  • Illustrations: Complete.

Full details of any paths opened or extended since October 2016 will be found in the News pages for 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. Developments from 1st June 2020 have been published on the club's new website.

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

I wish to thank two club members in particular: Keith Holliday for his help with research, corrections and proof reading, and Jonathan Dawson for preparing a summary of all new and extended routes published in the club's magazine since the start of 2017. Both members have also been very generous with their encouragement.

Jeff Vinter
14th April 2021