This page has been created to inform both members of the society and those who use our services via this website of our current situation. That is – what is likely to happen, depending on how the pandemic progresses and how the Trustees interpret the latest Government guidelines. As restrictions ease we have to err on the side of caution and the Trustees keep the advice under review. The Butterley site remains closed to the public and this is likely to continue until possiby late summer 2021. However HMRS officers have returned to the site and are able to access stock and delays are now being kept to a minimum but we are not yet back to normal.  Unfortunately the M&SC remains closed to the public as the site is closed so no requests for visits can be considered at this time.

Shipping Postal Charges

We had to increase our shipping rates for products sold from 1 January 2021 due to increased rates from the carriers. In addition we have had to raise the price for shipping larger or heavier packages to the European Union because of 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

See the first paragraph above: 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 also give advance notice that a new version of this website is nearing completion and we hope will be switched over shortly. This has been necessary as the software used has been moved to a later version. We have taken the opportunity to improve some of the features and introduce a new Archives category with the archives catalogue in a searchable form. We have corrected the errors in the photograph collection and have added more drawings and photographs to the catalogue. We have also laid a framework to highlight more about the society's facilities. 



Until Autumn 2021 (at the earliest) these will only be online ZOOM meetings. Area group and other meetings during the Spring of 2021 are at the discretion of local group organisers. Please see the ’What’s On’ page for any new information. No public meetings or other events where close contact is inevitable will be held until the Autumn of 2021 at the earliest. We do plan to continue the use of Zoom for the AGM (in September 2021) and for some other group meetings with the benefit that members many miles from a local group can participate in the conference by letting the organisers know to receive the Zoom code.


The Trustees will continue to use ZOOM for their meetings and intend to continue with it as it reduces our running costs and expenses as many no longer need to travel to the meeting. So if you are a member and wish to help run the society but are concerned about travel - take note and volunteer!




As stated above, the building remains closed as part of the complete closure of the Midland Railway Centre and this is expected to continue until Summer 2021 at the earliest. There will be no general member access booking available for the immediate future so please do not turn up on the off-chance as you will not be able to enter the site even if you are a member. 

If you have sent a surface mail item to the site address it may be awaiting collection from the a building not yet open so do not be surprised if there is a delay. If you are waiting for an item, we apologise but we are a volunteer society and do not have full time or even part time staff waiting to receive every order!


WEBSITE: Our current website is in the process of being renewed as stated above. We hope we can go live during May 2021. The front page will be different but existing services with some enhancements will be there but with a re-organised menu and additional resources.

Transfers: We are doing our best to supply the transfers as advertised but we are having serious supply problems as one of the two printers we use is closing down (post pandemic) and the other has limited resources to print using our specialised process. We are seriously and urgently trying to find other printers (and have been for some time) and maybe change to a different process (at a large cost) whilst retaining the ability to produce methfix transfers. This is becoming increasingly difficult and users of the service need to be aware that delays in delivery and out of stock messages will continue for some time. We also have suspended deliveries in the interim to the trade to help individual modellers receive what they need if possible but we do apologise for this situation which is beyond our immediate control


BOOKS: Our newest book is ‘LB&SCR Carriages. Volume 4: Bogie stock, 1879 – 1924, including Pullmans, 1875 – 1922' by Ian M White.

This book is available for purchase on this site. We hope to be able to publish another new title but probably not until 2022..


LB&SCR Carriages.

Volume 4: Bogie stock, 1879 – 1924, including Pullmans, 1875 – 1922

LB&SCR Carriages

This fourth volume in the series completes 15 years of research and writing by the author on London, Brighton & South Coast Railway carriages. It covers the bogie carriages built from 1906 onward, as well as the electric motors and trailers converted and built for the company's AC electrification schemes.

The LB&SCR was the largest pre-Grouping user of Pullman cars, and all those, both American and British built, associated with the LB&SCR over the years are covered in depth. Many earlier authors have written about the Pullman cars but this is the first comprehensive account of the cars operated by the LB&SCR.

A chapter looks at the contribution of the LB&SCR to First World War ambulance trains and other formations. A supplement gives further information on vehicles described in the earlier volumes. No less than 11 appendices give details of the Diagrams and numbers allocated to the many vehicles built and rebuilt by the company, as well as a list of offical drawings cited. One index covers the four volumes and a second the Pullman cars.

The author has been able to draw extensively on the very large number of LB&SCR and Pullman company drawings held by the HMRS and it has been possible to include drawings of all the designs built or rebuilt by the LB&SCR.

A4 hardback, 296pp, 176 plates, 1 drawing, 120 figures, 112 tables

ISBN 978-0-902835-39-9

Price £35.00 + p&p, HMRS members £23.95 + p&p


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