Our website is designed to be as accessible as possible to all users. The accessibility features implemented are not only designed to accommodate users with severe disabilities but also a greater number of users with predominantly visual minor impairments. Afterall, as we grow older we may all suffer some loss of acuteness of the senses.
Aside from the moral obligations to make web-based information accessible to all, there are also increasing legal implications. In the U.K. all government websites are required to reach a specified degree of accessibility and in the U.S.A. 'Section 508' legislation is aimed at enforcing certain accessibility initiatives.
Navigation aids: Access Keys
Most browsers support navigation to specific links by typing pre-defined keys. If using Windows, you can press ALT + an access key; if using a Macintosh, you can press Control + an access key. Note that if browsing this site with Internet Explorer you may also need to press RETURN after ALT + an access key.
All pages on this site have the following access key definitions:
- Access key K - Skip Navigation Menu *
- Access key H - Home Page
- Access key O - Objectives Page
- Access key N - News Page
- Access key E - Events Page
- Access key S - Stock Page
- Access key C - Contact Page
- Access key A - Articles Page
- Access key R - References Page
- Access key L - Main Links Page
- Access key M - Sitemap Page
The following access keys become available when the parent link (Main Links Page) is activated:
- Access key I - Rolling Stock Preservation Links Page
- Access key P - Pre-grouping Railway Societies Links Page
- Access key W - Railway Current Affairs Links Page
* This access key (Skip Navigation Menu) is associated with a link hidden under normal browsing conditions. The link itself enables a user to jump straight to the top of the central viewing panel (this content panel). If you are using the 'Tab' key or screen-reading software to move through links, this avoids the need for repetitive navigation through the main menu on each and every page.
Navigation aids: text-only browsers
Navigation in text-only browsers is facilitated by the use of meta data containing orientation information via links. The latter are invisible in many standard browsers yet provide information as to where a current page fits within the collection of pages on the server.
Visual design & standards compliance
All pages on this site are valid XHTML 1.0 as set out by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Presentation is provided using valid cascading stylesheets (CSS). This process enables the seperation of content and visual layout. The resulting page content is device independent - if your browser or browsing device has no support for stylesheets, the content of each page is still readable.
Text size in the central viewing panel is adjustable for easier legibility. To change text size in Internet Explorer select 'Text Size' from the 'View' menu.
Although the process cannot be automatically verified, it is believed that all pages on this site comply to Level "Double-A" of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) stipulated by the W3C.
If you encounter any difficulty in relation to accessibility of this website then please get in touch with the website administrator, who will be only too happy to attempt resolution of the issue, by using the e-mail link at the bottom of each page.