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There is a forum for discussion of NER topics - go to the members' area of the website.

Our archive is currently closed due to Covid-19 restrictions but we continue to respond to queries via our contact page


The NERA Archive consists of photographs, books, timetables, maps, plans, diagrams and other official railway documents. We currently hold more than 25,000 photographs and 6,500 documents.

Many of our documents and photographs have now been scanned. You may download free examples through our shop. Members may view over 25,000 documents and photographs online.

We are also jointly responsible with the Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum for maintaining more than 6,000 photographs taken by our late member John Mallon together with his collection of around 4,000 documents assembled during his work on the railway.

You are welcome to examine any items from the NERA collection (by prior appointment with our Archivist) at the Ken Hoole Study Centre in the museum. In view of the Covid-19 restrictions this service may not be available, so please check first. In order to help with your research, we have prepared two “Finding Aid” tables which are available as free downloads from our shop – where you will also find some useful fact sheets about the NER and HBR.

If you are unable to visit Darlington, we can often provide digital scans or photocopies of much of our material, subject to size or copyright restrictions. We may ask for a donation to cover our costs, if any.

Please contact the Archivist if you think we may be able to assist you.

We regret that we are unable to undertake family history research. 

Our collection has been built up entirely due to the generosity of members and others in donating material, and the Archivist would be delighted to hear from anyone who has relevant documents or photographs that they would like to make available to us. Please click on the Collections Policy button which will give you an idea of what may be of interest.

Did You Know?

On Saturday 13 September 1913 Kenton station, on the Ponteland branch, was burned to the ground by militant suffragettes. As well as the timber buildings, some £1,000 worth of stored luggage was destroyed.