The collection includes letters, accounts, specifications and plans as well as railway memorabilia. The contents of the collection may be summarised as follows:
S. B. Worthington
S. B. Wothington’s material relates to, among others, the Sheffield - Rotherham Railway, Caledonian Railway, Paris - Rouen Railway, Orleans Railway, Lancaster & Preston Junction Railway, Lancaster & Carlisle Railway Company (absorbed by London & North Western Railway Company in 1879) and the Gauge Commission of 1846-1848.
W. B. Worthington
W. B. Worthington’s material is much more miscellaneous, but contains Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway reports of visits to America, items relating to arched bridges, 1840-1921, and rainfall, 1929-1932.
General Papers and Documents
These items do not seem to relate directly to the careers of either S. B. or W. B. Worthington and may therefore be records of interest to or railwayana collected by the Worthingtons. These papers relate to, among others: the Kelso – Berwick Railway, 1809, 1824; East Lothian Railway, 1825-1826; Forth of Clyde – Stirling Railway, 1826-1827; Clydesdale – Glasgow Railway, 1828; Liverpool & Manchester Railway, 1824, 1836; Railway Chronicle Travel Charts, c.1840-50; new railway station at Hunt’s Bank, Manchester; Manchester Ship Canal, 1835-1894.
Items from the Worthington Family Archive
Personal and mostly non-railway items including a notebook of Samuel Barton Worthington, an account of a walking holiday by William Barton Worthington, and a book of carte-de-visite photographs.