Railway plans of Scotland, 18th-20th centuries

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A small selection of maps and plans relating to railways. Around half of these are from our Stevenson Archive, and relate particularly to mineral railways in the early 19th century. For some early plans of railways, see also, estate maps for railways in rural areas, or town plans for railways in urban areas. At less detailed scales, county maps and maps of Scotland may also include details of railways - see also Railway Maps of Scotland. Ordnance Survey maps as well as Admiralty Charts are excellent for railways from the 1840s onwards.

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(ordered chronologically)

  • 1806 - [Plan refered to in the reports respecting a tunnel under the Forth]
  • 1810 - Thomas TELFORD - Plan of the proposed iron railway from Glasgow to Berwick-upon-Tweed...
  • 1817 - F.H. FRYER - Section showing railway line connected with the Earl of Elgin's Coalworks...taken by F H Fryer, 1817. Referred to in a report by Robert Stevenson, 1820.
  • 1818 - Sections of the ground surveyed for the several lines of the Edinburgh Railway
  • 1818 - Robert STEVENSON - Reduced engraved plan showing proposed railway line from Edinburgh to the coalfields of Mid and East Lothian
  • 1818 - Robert STEVENSON - Section plan and sections of railway line from Newton Colliery to John's Mains through the Lands of Edmonston
  • 1819 - Robert STEVENSON - Plan and section of proposed railway line from Edinburgh to the coalfields of Mid and East Lothian.
  • 1819 - Robert STEVENSON - Reduced surveys and sections of several railway lines from Montrose to Brechin. Robert Stevenson, 1819. Engraving.
  • 1819 - Robert STEVENSON - Reduced surveys and sections of several railway lines from Montrose to Brechin. (colour added).
  • 1819 - Robert STEVENSON - Sketch of country from Stirling to Aberdeen showing proposed line for canal or railway through Strathearn and Strathmore. Robert Stevenson, 1819 (marked copy). Engraving.
  • 1819 - Robert STEVENSON - Sketch of country from Stirling to Aberdeen showing proposed line for canal or railway through Strathearn and Strathmore. Robert Stevenson, 1819 (marked copy).
  • 1821 - Robert STEVENSON - Plan of proposed railway from the Coalfields of Mid-Lothian to the Rivers Tweed and Leeder, signed Robert Stevenson, 1821.
  • 1821 - Robert STEVENSON - Reduced Plan of proposed railway from the Coalfields of Mid-Lothian to the Rivers Tweed and Leeder, signed Robert Stevenson
  • 1825-31 - Robert STEVENSON - Reduced copy of Survey of a proposed line of railway between Edinburgh and Glasgow.
  • 1825 - James JARDINE - Plan of the proposed Edinburgh & Dalkeith railway and of the branches to it from Cowpits, Fisherrow Harbour and Edinburgh / surveyed under the direction of James Jardine ...
  • 1825 - Robert STEVENSON - Reduced plan of part of the Shires of Edinburgh & Haddington shewing the lines of the proposed railways from the City of Edinburgh & Port of Leith to the Coalfields of Mid & East Lothian ...
  • 1825 - Robert STEVENSON and John STEEDMAN - Railway from Montrose to Brechin, with proposed extensions
  • 1825 - Robert STEVENSON - Survey and sections of railway from Port of Montrose to Brechin
  • 1825 - James JARDINE - Edin & Dalkeith & branches from Cowpits & Fisherrow
  • 1825 - James JARDINE - Edin & Dalkeith & branches from Cowpits & Fisherrow (colour added).
  • 1825 - Section of the proposed Montrose to Brechin Railway
  • 1828 - Thomas GRAINGER & J. MILLER - Sketch of proposed railway to connect the Clydesdale on Upper Coalfield of Lanarkshire with the City of Glasgow & the East & West Country Markets
  • 1828 - James JARDINE - Plan and section of the Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway, of the proposed extension of it from Dalhousie Mains to Newton Grange and of the proposed branch railway from Niddrie North Mains Bridge to Leith Harbour
  • 1828 - Plan and section of proposed improvements to the present railway between Port St David and the Fordel Colliery, 1828.
  • 1830 - Map of the country between Edinburgh and Glasgow. Showing the line of the proposed railway to connect these two cities.
  • 1831 - Robert STEVENSON - Survey of two railway lines - Paisley Canal Aqueduct to Rutherglen
  • 1831 - Robert STEVENSON - Survey and sections of two railway lines - Paisley Canal Aqueduct to Rutherglen
  • 1831 - Robert STEVENSON - Sections from the River Clyde toward the south showing railway lines etc. Report by Robert Stevenson, 1831.
  • 1833 - Locomotive engine "Gartgill" & train. Kirkwood’s Lithog[raphy] Edin. 29 August 1833.
  • 1833 - Edin & Dalkeith, showing proposed Leith Brance through lands of Craigentinny
  • 1835 - Prospectus of a company to be called the Edinburgh, Leith & Glasgow Railway Company.
  • 1835 - Prospectus of a company to be called the Edinburgh, Leith & Glasgow Railway Company.
  • 1835 - Plan of the proposed Wishaw and Coltness railway, contiguous to Jerviston.
  • 1835 - Robert STEVENSON - Edin & Glasgow - Section
  • 1835 - Robert STEVENSON - Plans and Section of the Edinburgh, Leith and Glasgow Railway. Robert Stevenson, 1835.
  • 1835 - Robert STEVENSON - Scroll plan and sections of proposed railway line from Perth to Crieff. Robert Stevenson, 1835.
  • 1836 - Robert STEVENSON - Edinburgh & Dundee
  • 1836 - George STEPHENSON - Edin., Haddington & Dunbar
  • 1836 - Plans and sections of the proposed extension of the Leith branch of the Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway from Seafield to Leith, 1836.
  • 1836 - John GEDDES ; Thomas H. BERTRAM - Plan of a proposed railway from the town of Stirling to join the proposed Edinburgh & Glasgow Railway at Bonny Muir and to meet the Forth and Clyde canal at Lock No. 16 near Falkirk
  • 1836 - Thomas GRAINGER - Map shewing the line of the proposed Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock & Ayr railway with its immediate connections
  • ca. 1838? - Peter FLEMING - Plan [of Glasgow] showing original line of railway and tunnel, also the new line for which the subscribers have gone to Parhament.(MS notes concerning railway and road).
  • 1839 - EDINBURGH & GLASGOW RAILWAY - Plan shewing the line of the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway through the farms of Broomhouse, Niddry Castle and Winchburgh part of Hopetoun Estate
  • 1840 - J MORRISON - (Morrison's) map of the Glasgow, Ayrshire & Greenock Railways ...
  • 1843 - Proposed Branch Railway from Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven to West Docks at Leith
  • 1844 - CALEDONIAN RAILWAY - Map of the Caledonian Railway, from Carlisle to Edinburgh and Glasgow.
  • 1844 - VACHER & SONS - Map of the Caledonian Railway, shewing its connection with other railways in England & Scotland
  • 1845 - Edinburgh & Bathgate Railway. Plan No.1
  • 1845 - Robert STEVENSON - Junction of Tay and Earn and effect of railway on Tay navigation
  • 1846 - Thomas GRAINGER - Edinburgh & Bathgate Railway. Plans and Sections of the proposed extension of the Barracks' branch of the Edinburgh and Bathgate Railway
  • 1846 - David and Thomas STEVENSON - Plans and sections of the proposed East Lothian Central Railway from East Linton by Haddington to Pencaitland and Ormiston
  • 1846 - Edinburgh & Bathgate Railway Plan, Clifton Contract
  • 1846 - Edinburgh & Bathgate Railway. Plans and Sections of the proposed extension of the Barracks' branch... Sheet No. 1 (map)
  • 1846 - Edinburgh & Bathgate Railway. Plans and Sections of the proposed extension of the Barracks' branch... Sheet No. 3 (map)
  • 1846 - Edinburgh & Bathgate Railway. Plans and Sections of the proposed extension of the Barracks' branch... Sheet No. 1 (cross sections)
  • 1846 - Edinburgh & Bathgate Railway. Plans and Sections of the proposed extension of the Barracks' branch... Sheet No. 3 (cross sections)
  • 1846 - Edinburgh & Bathgate Railway. Plans and Sections of the proposed extension of the Barracks' branch... Deviation of main line. Sheet No. 1
  • 1846 - Edinburgh & Bathgate Railway. Plans and Sections of the proposed extension of the Barracks' branch... Deviation of main line. Sheet No. 2
  • 1847 - GLASGOW, PAISLEY AND GREENOCK RAILWAY - Glasgow, Paisley & Greenock Railway : Skeleton map of proposed branches, shewing the opposing & competing lines.
  • 1847 - J. Butler WILLIAMS - Part of Scotland shewing the geographical position of the Caledonian Railway and the lines connected with it.
  • 1847 - Edinburgh & Bathgate Railway. Deviation of the main line
  • 1847 - [Edinburgh & Bathgate Railway] Uphall branch plan (No.10)
  • 1847 - Edinburgh & Bathgate Railway. New Section. Uphall Branch
  • 1847 - Edinburgh & Bathgate Railway plan. Uphall Branch
  • 1847 - Edinburgh & Bathgate Railway plan. Uphall Branch plan
  • 1847 - Edinburgh & Bathgate Railway plan. Uphall contract. Plan no. 1
  • 1847 - Edinburgh & Bathgate Railway plan. Uphall contract. Plan no. 1
  • 1847 - Edinburgh & Bathgate Railway. Uphall Contract. No. 2 Section
  • 1847 - Edinburgh & Bathgate Railway. Uphall Contract. No. 2 Section
  • 1847 - [Edinburgh & Bathgate Railway] Uphall Branch Contract. Drawing no.5 Bridge no.3 [plans and sections]
  • 1847 - [Edinburgh & Bathgate Railway] Uphall Branch Contract. Drawing no. 4 & 6 [plans and sections]
  • 1847 - [Edinburgh & Bathgate Railway] Uphall Branch Contract. Bridge over Occupation Road & Burn at Beugh Burn. Drawing no.3. Bridge no. 1 [plans and sections]
  • 1847 - Thomas GRAINGER - Plan of ground acquired for Edinburgh: Northern Railway [at Burntisland]
  • 1848 - William Home LIZARS - Lizars' guide to the Edinburgh & Northern Railway with branches to Dunfermline, Queensferry, St. Andrews, &c. Together with the Dundee & Perth, Dundee, Arbroath, Forfar & Newtyle, Scottish Midland & part of Aberdeen Railways to Montrose & Brechin;
  • 1848 - CALEDONIAN RAILWAY - Map of the Caledonian Railway.
  • 1849 - ALLAN & FERGUSON - Plan shewing the various railways, existing in the district lying between Edinburgh, Ayr & Glasgow ...
  • 1849 - Edinburgh & Bathgate Railway. Plan of the ground proposed to be taken off the property of Alexander Dundas Ross Cochrane Wishart Baillie... for this railway
  • 1849 - C.G. ROBINSON - Firth, between Toward and White Farland Points; the probable course of the Gourock and Cloch Ferry Railway is superimposed
  • ca. 1840s? - Sections of Edinburgh, Leith and Granton Railway
  • Gourock - 1877 - Cowan McTAFFART - Proposed Habour and Railways
  • 1850 - John HENDERSON - Map of the route of the Great North Railway from Aberdeen to Inverness through the intervening burgh & towns, with branches
  • 1850 - J NETHERCLIFT AND SON - A plan of the Caledonian Railway and its proposed branches between Dalmakeddar and Carlisle and of the Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway
  • 1850 - George H SWANSTON - Sketch shewing the railway communications which will be formed by the Edinburgh & Northern Railway ...
  • 1851 - Edinburgh & Bathgate Railway Plan. Plan of the Ground taken off the Property of William Hill... for this railway
  • 1851 - Plan of ground belonging to the Edinburgh & Bathgate Railway Company and occupied y the Union Canal Company
  • 1851 - Edinburgh & Bathgate Railway. Plan of groud taken off the properties of the Earl of Hopeton and the Union Canal Company for this railway
  • 1851 - Edinburgh & Bathgate Railway. Plan of the ground taken off the property of the heirs of Colonel C. Swindellnorvell for this railway
  • 1862 - G.F. CRUCHLEY - [Cruchley's railway & station map of England and Wales with part of Scotland : shewing railways & stations with the direct and principal cross roads, the course of the rivers and navigable canals; cities, and borough towns, the principal villages parks et
  • 1862 - G.F. CRUCHLEY - [Cruchley's railway & station map of England and Wales with part of Scotland : shewing railways & stations with the direct and principal cross roads, the course of the rivers and navigable canals; cities, and borough towns, the principal villages parks et
  • 1865 - ALLAN & FERGUSON - Map shewing the Western Division of the North British Railway / (Allan & Ferguson lith.).
  • 1869 - Charles JOPP - Plan showing the North British Railway System. 1869 / Charles Jopp, engineer.
  • 1880 - Proposed Forth railway tunnel, 1880.
  • 1882 - GIBB & HAY - Banff, Buckie and Elgin Coast (Great North of Scotland) Railway. Plan, sheet no. 1: [proposed station at Portsoy.]
  • 1882 - NORTH BRITISH RAILWAY - Map of the North British railway system
  • 1890 - McCORQUODALE & CO - Map of the Great North of Scotland Railway and its connections.
  • 1896 - CALEDONIAN RAILWAY - Caledonian [and other] railway[s] session 1895-96, ([showing existing, authorised and proposed lines.]
  • 1896 - GILMOUR & DEAN - No. 1. Caledonian Railway. Section. Carlisle to Glasgow
  • 1896 - GILMOUR & DEAN - No. 2. Caledonian Railway. Lesmahagow Junction to Aberdeen. Law Junction to Mossend. Glasgow, Buchanan Street, to Garnqueen North Junction. ([Sections]
  • 1896 - GILMOUR & DEAN - No. 3. Caledonian Railway. Glasgow to Edinburgh. Callander and Oban line. Killin Railway. ([Sections] .
  • 1897 - [Map showing the authorised and proposed extensions to railway lines in the West of Scotland, 1896-1897.]
  • 1897 - [Map showing the authorised and proposed extensions to railway lines in the West of Scotland, 1896-1897.]
  • 1897 - [Map showing the authorised and proposed extensions to railway lines in the West of Scotland, 1896-1897.]
  • 1897 - [Map showing the authorised and proposed extensions to railway lines in the West of Scotland, 1896-1897.]
  • 1898 - William SHELFORD - Waverley Station. Amended plan. Lithograph copy of the North British Railway Cos. proposed enlargement and re-arrangement of Waverley Station as amended / by Wm. Shelford ... reduced to scale of one half of original plan.
  • 1898 - William SHELFORD - Waverley Station. Amended plan. Lithograph copy of the North British Railway Cos. proposed enlargement and re-arrangement of Waverley Station as amended / by Wm. Shelford ... reduced to scale of one half of original plan.
  • 1898-99 - CALEDONIAN RAILWAY - Caledonian Railway. Session 1898-99. [Showing existing, authorised and proposed lines of the Caledonian and connecting railways in South-West Scotland.]
  • ca. 1890s? - David and Thomas STEVENSON - Aberlady, Gullane and Dirleton Railway
  • 19th century? - Plan of Leith at Union Place showing proposed Direct Atmospheric Railway
  • 19th century? - Cross section of Antigua St. of Direct Atmospheric Railway
  • 19th century? - Plan and section of a proposed railway from the Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway to the Edinburgh and Glasgow Union Canal, near Falkirk, n.d. (marked copy, coloured). Printed.
  • 19th century? - Sections of railway between Perth and Aberdeen through Strathmore, n.d.
  • 19th century? - Map of proposed East Lothian Central Railway
  • 1900 - W & AK JOHNSTON - W. & A.K. Johnston's map of the railway systems of Scotland.
  • 1905 - CALEDONIAN RAILWAY - Caledonian Railway tourist map: Clyde coast & Arran resorts via Gourock, Wemyss Bay & Ardrossan, Loch Lomond, Trossachs tours &c.
  • 1907 - J & W. EMSLIE - Official railway map of Scotland. Prepared ... at the Railway Clearing House, London ...
  • 1925 - LONDON, MIDLAND & SCOTTISH RAILWAY - Motherwell, Hamilton & Coatbridge: [railways and colliery branch lines]
  • 1930 - LONDON, MIDLAND & SCOTTISH RAILWAY - London Midland and Scottish Railway map of Scotland.