Did You Know?

At the outbreak of World War One, the NER employed 1,470 women and girls. By the end of hostilities this had risen to 7,885. Much more information is to be found in the book "The North Eastern Railway in the First World War" by our member Rob Langham.

Join Us!

If you are interested in the railways of north-east England we would like to welcome you as a member. Whether you like history or the present day, models or “the real thing”, loco performance or country railways, we are the right group to join.

What do you get from being a member? We have:

  • A quarterly illustrated magazine North Eastern Express (click on the buttons to the right to see the indexes of all issues); all back issues are available to read online. Free sample issues are available for download from our online shop.
  • Regular meetings and talks in York, Hull, Darlington and London; video recordings of some previous meetings are available online
  • Guided visits to sites of railway interest
  • An extensive archive of photographs and original documents; many of the photographs and some drawings can be viewed online
  • Free entry to the Head of Steam Museum, Darlington, home of the Ken Hoole Study Centre (membership card must be shown).
  • An online members’ forum where you can post and reply to discussion topics
  • A comprehensive online register of all the known NER signal cabins

NERA is a registered charity. If you pay UK tax, we can claim Gift Aid on your membership fee, and on any donation you may wish to make, which helps your support go even further. Please complete the relevant section of the membership application form (which gives full details) or complete the form online.


Want to join?

Buy membership in our shop or download an application form in pdf or word format