Note - This is an interim page whilst a fuller description of the drawing collection is prepared.

The society holds over 300,000 drawings in its collection held at its Museum & Study Centre. Mostly for railway rolling stock, they cover the period from 1840s to the 1980s. It is the custodian of the extensive original Metro-Cammell drawing collection which contains drawings for British & Irish Railways, Foreign Railways, Trams and Underground vehicles but not any DMU drawings. We also have smaller collections from various other sources, including Derby Museum (ex-Derby Locomotive Works mostly early diesel drawings), Bob Essery, Ray Chorley & Derek Brown. We also have two paper copy collections donated from the NRM, these originated from Wolverton & Swindon Works. The Skinley collection of drawings were purchased as they form an important part of modelling history.

In many cases the collection comprises of General Arrangement, Arrangement, Diagram, Assembly and Detail drawings. The data for drawings that are listed on the website is loaded into a spreadsheet and it is possible to provide a list of drawings (at a small cost) for a specific Railway Company or type of vehicle etc. We also have lists of collections which have not yet been uploaded to the website which we can search if we receive an enquiry.

We have a small team of volunteers identifying and cataloguing the drawings, and as this information becomes available, it is released into the drawings section of the society website. The information from the drawings has been entered into the database with as much accuracy as possible but it is inevitable that errors will have crept in. If anybody finds or suspects an error then, if they contact the Drawing Archivist, he will arrange to have the error corrected.

Featured Drawings:

The section from our previous website listing the latest drawing additions had been removed and any new unusual or potentially popular drawings are highlighted here