Railway Archive

We created a new Railway Archive website for The Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland to best showcase their vast collection of rail memorabilia. The project included providing a map and search function for over 2500 images, including S.W.A. Newton's unique photographic record of the 'London Extension' which ran between London and North Nottinghamshire from the 1890s to the 1960s.

Services Used

  • Bespoke Development
  • Locative Media
  • Logo Design
  • Website Design

Locative Media

We analysed the former archive and determined a strategy for moving the thousands of archival entries to the new site accurately, as well as determining the most appropriate way to present the information.

Every entry is displayed with as much detail as possible, and embedded across the site flexibly. The search tool is rich and diverse, allowing a fast and user focused method for precisely locating an image from many kinds of query.

Outcome

Website visitors can view track and engine plans, enjoy videos and sounds and read stories about Britain's last main line railway to be built in the Victorian era.

More than 1500 of the archive entries were plotted on an interactive and styled map, along with a several hundred mile line drawn based on open data. The points on the map can be filtered using the same fields as the search tool.

We are very happy with the final results! Many thanks to the Cuttlefish team for all your hard work in transforming the old dated site into a modern fit-for-the-future resource. Thank you especially for the prompt and efficient way everyone responds to my numerous support tickets. It's a great leap forward and we hope railway enthusiasts and casual users will enjoy it.

- Adam Goodwin & Jenny Moran, Archivists, Records Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland

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