Other sources of information

The National Railway Museum is not the only organisation to hold information on railway history.

If you're looking for NRM-related resources and archives, see our online research tools page.


  • The National Register of Archives will tell you what records a particular organisation holds.
  • Access to Archives will provide you with the catalogues of collections held at different archive centres, so you can check before visiting that the information you are after actually exists.
  • The Archives Hub enables you to search across descriptions of archives held in over 200 UK institutions.
  • Local public libraries and archive centres can be a rich source of information if your interest is more localised in scope. The National Archives ARCHON directory.
  • Search Engine staff have created a directory of useful websites for researching railways on social bookmarking site Delicious.
  • Brunel University's Transport History Collection.

Notable railway collections

Institution of Mechanical Engineers

1 Birdcage Walk
London SW1H 9JJ
Tel: (+44) 020 7973 1274
Fax. (+44) 020 7222 8762
Library enquiries: library@imeche.org
Archive enquiries: archive@imeche.org

Institution of Mechanical Engineers website

Ken Hoole Study Centre

Information on railways in the North East of England

Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum
North Road Station
Tel: (+44) 01325 734125
Fax: (+44) 01325 287746
email: museumstudycentre@darlington.gov.uk

Ken Hoole Study Centre website

London Transport Museum

39 Wellington Street
Covent Garden
London WC2E 7BB
Tel: (+44) 020 7565 7280

London Transport Museum website

The Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester

Liverpool Road
Manchester M3 4FP
Tel: (+44) 0161 832 2244
Fax: (+44) 0161 833 1471

The Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester website

The National Archives

Runs of timetables, railway staff records and Great Western Railway wagon and locomotive records. Their catalogue is searchable online.

Surrey TW9 4DU
Tel: (+44) 0181 876 344

The National Archives website

The National Archives of Scotland

Railway-related holdings and an online catalogue

H M General Register House
2 Princes St
Tel: (+44) 0131 535 1314
email: enquiries@nas.gov.uk

The National Archives of Scotland website

The National Tramway Museum

Derbyshire DE4 5DP
Tel: (+44) 01733 852565
Fax: (+44) 01733 852326
email: enquiries@tramway.co.uk

The National Tramway Museum website

Public Records Office of Northern Ireland

66 Balmoral Avenue
Belfast BT9 6NY
Northern Ireland
Tel: (+44) 028 9025 5905
Fax: (+44) 028 9025 5999
email: proni@dcalni.gov.uk

Public Records Office of Northern Ireland website

Railway Studies Collection

Passmore Edwards Centre
Market Street
Newton Abbot
TQ12 2RJ
Tel: (+44) 01392 384012
email: railway.library@devon.gov.uk

Newton Abbot Library website

Science Museum Library & Archives

Imperial College Road
South Kensington
London SW7 5NH
Tel: (+44) 020 7942 4242
Fax: (+44) 020 7942 4243
email: SMLinfo@sciencemuseum.org.uk

Science Museum at Wroughton
Hackpen Lane
Tel: (+44) 01793 846 222
Fax : (+44) 01793 815 413
email: SMLswindon@sciencemuseum.org.uk

Science Museum website

Scottish Business Archive

University of Glasgow
13 Thurso Street
Glasgow G11 6PE
Tel: (+44) 0141 330 5515
Fax: (+44) 0141 330 2640
email: enquiries@archives.gla.ac.uk

Scottish Business Archive website 



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