• 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


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  • 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 70 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.

The backlog of book orders has been cleared but our Butterley site is still subject to significant access restrictions (October 2021) so there will continue to be some delays to our publications service. We apologise that we are likely to exceed the 28 days disclaimer in the Terms & Conditions for the time being. Please also note that books required before Christmas MUST be ordered before the end of November. There will be no book shipping in December.

 The Midland Railway Centre site (Butterley) is subject to access restrictions and not open to the public. The Museum & Study Centre is still closed to members and visitors and all potential visits MUST be agreed in advance subject to the volunteers availability.

Postal or phone orders will not be taken until the M&SC re-opens to the public. We have discovered a small issue with some of the photo images - please see the Photo Page for details. Our new website with additional features and catalogues is ready and likely to be live from mid November 2021.

The HMRS Trustees

 Area group and other meetings during the Autumn of 2021 and into 2022 are at the discretion of local group organisers and please see the ’What’s On’ page for any new information.

Please also refer to  Latest Information


The Society is pleased to announce that our new book "LB&SCR Carriages. Volume 4: Bogie stock, 1879 – 1924, including Pullmans, 1875 – 1922"  has now been published and is ready for purchase from this site.

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