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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 last-published 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.

- DISBANDMENT OF COMMITTEE, BUT TRANSFER OF POWERS TO SMG (FORMERLY NMSI) -

Whilst the Government earlier announced the proposed disbandment of the Committee under the Public Bodies Bill (now Act), they have - following discussion - now indicated that they are willing to transfer the legal powers to the Trustees of the Science Museum Group (SMG) - formerly the National Museum of Science and Industry (NMSI).

Latest information: following final debate in Parliament on 14th January, the Committee was wound up on 31st March 2013. A new Railway Heritage Designation Advisory Board, reporting to the Trustees of the Science Museum Group, took over the statutory powers as from 1st April.

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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Disposal - Caxton Swimming Trophy (21.3.13)

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Release from Undertaking - Stirling Semaphore Signals (21.3.13)

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THE FINAL DESIGNATION AND THE FINAL DISPOSAL - Cathcart Signalbox Control and Indication Desk (21.3.13)

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Designation - Yoker Signalling Centre Sign (21.3.13)

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