A History of the Railways in York - Day School

Ref: C3670491

York is a railway town and in the19th and 20th centuries was a major railway centre. Which other city – outside London – can still boast of 5 York Station sites though only one is still working. The course explores York in a new and different way

Course aim

To introduce students to how York in the 19th century became a railway centre for passenger and goods traffic, for locomotive, wagons and carriage building and for railway company administration. This half-day course aims to provide a good summary of that development and of the railways in York today

Who is the course for?

Anyone living in or around York who is interested in local history

What topics will this course cover

Railways as a significant factor in the growth, development and prosperity of York

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

Evaluate railways as an agent of development Explain how railways work Demonstrate and understanding of York and the railway, yesterday and tomorrow

How will I know I'm making progress?

I will encourage students to use their eyes and ears to better understand the City of York

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

This is only a half-day course so I shall provide, in projected pictures and in print copies, all that will be required. If any students have an OS Map of York rthat may be helpful

Reading and information sources

Nothing necessary

What could the course lead to?

Exploring York with new eyes and understanding how railways work for passengers and goods

Download full course outline

A History of the Railways in York - Day School Course Outline

Is this course right for me? Request more information

This course has been cancelled.


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
Visa Credit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Debit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Electron payments supported by RBS WorldPay Mastercard payments supported by RBS WorldPay Maestro payments supported by RBS WorldPay JCB payments supported by RBS WorldPay Solo payments supported by RBS WorldPay
RBS WorldPay Payments Processing