• 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.

Please note that postage costs increased on 1 January 2021 due to carriers raising their rates.

In addition we have had to raise our shipping rates for larger or heavier packages to the European Union because of additional increased costs. This specifically affects some larger books and A0 drawings. And all shipments to the EU are subject to delays due to new export rules.

Coronavirus update 18 April 2021

The progess on easing restrictions due to the Coronavirus is helping us to meet the sales demand although access to the M&SC (where our book, drawing and photographic stock is held) is still limited. We will continue to supply all our in stock and orderable products but please be prepared for a possible delay in delivery. 

The Midland Railway Centre site also remains closed to the public and is unlikely to open until the Summer 2021 and no public access is possible.

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. We have a new version of this website nearing completion and we hope to switch over in a few weeks.

We are sorry for any inconvenience but thankfully vaccinations and reduction of infections are bringing some hope of an end to restrictions.

The HMRS Trustees


Area group and other meetings during the Spring of 2021 are at the discretion of local group organisers and will be be online. Please see the ’What’s On’ page for any new information.

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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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