Kevin Jones established his SteamIndex website as a tool to assist serious railway researchers. The site included extensive indexes of key railway magazines and journals, biographies and descriptions of people involved with British railways, and descriptions of the major British orgainzations involved in railways. When he wound up the site in 2023, BORHT offered to host material from SteamIndex that is relevant to British railways overseas.
Timetable World plans to republish all of Kevin's content in future, although it isn't available on their site at the time of writing.
Editors Note: Kevin himself mentions that his means of scanning from periodicals and journals
can introduce spelling and grammar errors in the text. Due to the quantity of material, BORHT has not attempted to clean
up these errors. Particular care should be taken when referencing dimensions, and it is recommended that original
source material be consulted if using dimensions (e.g., for modelling).
DISCLAIMER: Kevin's text has been reproduced here without modification. Views and opinions
expressed by Kevin are not representative of the views or opinions of BORHT, its Council, or members.
While Kevin's biographies are British-centric most were compiled by himself, so they are presented in their entirety here:
Note: "Chrimes" is frequently referenced within these biographies, and refers to three volumes of work:
Skempton, A.W. Biographical dictionary of civil engineers in Great Britain and Ireland. Volume 1. 1500-1830. London: Thommas Telford, 2002 (predates most of the railway era and is mentioned here for completeness)
Chrimes, Mike and others. Biographical dictionary of civil engineers in Great Britain and Ireland. Volume 2. 1830-1890. London: Thomas Telford, 2008.
Chrimes, Mike and others. Biographical dictionary of civil engineers in Great Britain and Ireland. Volume 3. 1890-1930. London: ICE Publishing, 2014. 743pp.
Other useful books include:
Marshall, J., Biographical Dictionary of Railway Engineers. 2nd ed. London: Railway & Canal Historical Society, 2003. [Originally published Newton Abbot: David & Charles, 1978]. 206pp. (referred to as "Marshall" in this text.)
Joby, R.S.,The railway builders: lives and works of the Victorian railway contractors. Newton Abbot: David & Charles, 1983. 200pp. (referred to as "Joby" in this text.)
Smith, D., The Biographical Dictionary of Britain's Railway Personalities, Organisations & Events, 1597 - 1923: excluding Ireland, Isle of Man & Channel Islands. Glebe Publications, Peterlee.
Woodcroft, B., Alphabetical index of patentees of inventions, 1617-1852 (referred to as "Woodcroft" in this text.)
Singer, C., History of Technology. Oxford University Press, 1958. 5 v. Hamilton Ellis wrote chapter on the development of railway engineering in Volume 5.
Vanns, M.A., An illustrated history of signalling. Shepperton: Ian Allan, 1997. 144pp. (referred to as "Vanns" in this text.)
Biddle, G. Victorian Stations (refrred to as "Biddle" in this text)
Dawn Smith, The Biographical Dictionary of Britain's Railway Personalities, Organisations & Events, 1597 - 1923: excluding Ireland, Isle of Man & Channel Islands. Glebe Publications, Peterlee (referred to in this text as "Dawn Smith".)
British Companies and Organizations Involved with Railways