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Safeguarding Our Railway Heritage

The Railway Heritage Committee is a statutory body operating under the authority of the Railway Heritage Act 1996 as amended by the Railways Act 2005. It has the function of 'designating' records and artefacts still within the ownership of the post-British Rail (BR) industry which are historically significant and should be permanently preserved.

The Committee also has the function of agreeing which institutions will hold those records or artefacts so designated when no longer required by the railway business that owns them, and the terms under which they will be offered to those institutions.

Other pages of this site show the latest Annual Report, and also a list of items that have been designated to date. As may be seen, many items, or classes of item, have now been subject to designation.

Annual Report

There is something special and evocative about the railways, and I rejoice to see them do well.They remain the only industry whose heritage is protected by Act of Parliament, and this imposes a powerful responsibility Annual Reporton those of us who serve on the Railway Heritage Committee charged with the duty of ensuring that what is of significance to the industry’s history is preserved.

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Latest News

Designation - NBR Atlantic Tender (11.12.09)
Posted on 06.01.2010

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Designation - Sign Commemorating First Complete Line Reopening in Scotland (11.12.09)
Posted on 06.01.2010

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Designation - Items at Tay Bridge (11.12.09)
Posted on 06.01.2010

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Designation - Nameplate, Numberplate, Plaque, and Crests, 'Queen's Messenger' (no. 67005) (11.12.09)
Posted on 06.01.2010

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