Systeme D


View the latest version (1Mb PDF) - updated January 2018

The New Adlestrop Railway Atlas is a small-scale historical atlas of Britain's railways, currently in progress. It shows lines and stations currently open, together with those that have closed. The key is:


The map currently includes Great Britain south of Lancaster and York (inclusive). As time goes on, I hope to gradually expand the atlas's coverage.

It does not show:

  • Historic freight-only lines (with a few exceptions)
  • Sidings or detailed track layouts
  • All historic station names
  • Dates of opening and closure
  • Railway companies owning each line
  • Full detail in the largest urban areas, particularly light rail systems

As a work-in-progress, the map may be full of mistakes - I make no claims to be a railway historian! But I will correct any that are drawn to my attention. The map is chiefly researched from historic maps and timetables.

It is not intended to be a snapshot of any particular time. Many of the stations and lines will not have co-existed. Nonetheless, I hope you find it interesting and useful.

Copyright and linking

The atlas is © Richard Fairhurst 2001-2018. You are welcome to download a copy to your computer for personal use. Please contact me with any other usage enquiries.

If you would like to link to the atlas, please link to this page at, not directly to the PDF file (which can and does move!). Thank you.


I would be very grateful to hear your comments, criticisms and suggestions. (Except about the Bluebell Railway extension... I know, I know, it'll be in the next update.) Many thanks to the dozens of people who have already offered encouragement and corrections.

Richard Fairhurst

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