• ABK371
  • tens of thousands of drawings
    spanning nearly two centuries

    SER Articulated Coach
  • an early photo in a famous siding

  • over 200,000 photos

  • Recording Britain's Railways For
    Tomorrow's Generations

  • specialist books published

  • fine transfers

    transfer sheet 14
  • for modern children


To a page about the images.

  • Are you a modeller of railways?
  • Are you interested in railway history?
  • Do you work on a preserved railway?

The HMRS has lots for you… Find out more here!

About the HMRS

For over 60 years, the HMRS has been helping to record and preserve material on the history of Britain’s railways from the early 1800s up to the present day, and more importantly to make that material available to modellers, researchers and students. Today it is a thriving Society and educational charity, offering benefits for all who seek to understand how railways have contributed to British geography, industry and culture. We collaborate with railway line societies and public museums to further the growth of historical knowledge. We supply information to model manufacturers both small and international.

Photograph Collection

Just under 200 new items, mainly from the Casserley collection of glass plate negatives, have been added to our on-line catalogue. Unfortunately, scans are not available at the present time on the web site.


David Monk-Steel will be giving a half hour presentation about Merry go Round as part of a seminar about power generation on Saturday 19th May 2018 to the East Midlands Industrial Archaeological Society. For details of the event please see the Derbyshire Archaeological Society web site.

Cover of Merry Go Roiund book

David's book is available from the Society.



Constructing 5″ Gauge Wagons

Cover of Constructing 5" Gauge Wagons bookAt 320 pages with over 900 prototype, model and construction photographs, 35 detailed A2 and A3 drawings specifically produced for modellers, and many diagrams in the text, our latest book is an essential read not just for those modelling in the large scales but anyone who wishes to make accurate models of wagons.

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The society welcomes new members who would like to share their knowledge and experience for the benefit of others.

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