Our archive and library collections

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

Technical and test records

Loco design, performance, testing and history.

Timetables

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

Books

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

Magazines

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.

Other

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