Our archive and library collections

Our archives hold the 'raw materials' of railway history: letters, technical reports, engineering drawings and much more.

Locomotive and Rolling Stock datasheets

Access our information sheets for our Locomotives and Rolling Stock collection.

Technical and test records

Loco design, performance, testing and history.


We have an extensive collection of timetables from 1839 up to the present day.


We have approximately 20,000 books in the Book Collection, spanning pre-railway history up to the present day.


We have a collection of around 800 journals (or 'serials') – and we're still collecting 300 of them today.

Accident reports

Of interest to family historians.


Safety booklets, holiday guides, and 100s of maps and plans.

Photograph lists

Lists of over 1.75 million images from the 1850s to today.

Tickets, postcards, textiles and labels

Everything from railway tickets to fabrics used to furnish carriages.

Background: Suitcase with railway luggage labels