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Thu 18 Dec 2014

The Historical Model Railway Society


The Historical Model Railway Society is a UK Registered Educational Charity "founded in 1950 by historians and modellers to collect and exchange records, drawings and photographs in the interests of historical accuracy in modelling". (Andrew Dow in The Oxford Companion to British Railway History,  Simmons & Biddle (editors), OUP 1997)

A Definitive Rail History Source

The Society is one of the definitive sources of information on Britain's long and varied railway history, from the very beginning to the present day. It gathers, stores, and widely distributes historical railway information, thereby providing you with all the vital information you need to build historically accurate models. Whether you are a railway modeller, a railway historian or a railway enthusiast you will find plenty to interest you here.

To find out more about how we can help you, browse this site, visit our Museum and Study Centre, attend an Area Group meeting or make yourself known on our exhibition stand. Liking what you find, sign up and join in.

Next Meeting

As an educational charity, our meetings are open to the public without charge. The next one will be held on 20 December 2014 at Saltford. and is entitled

"Christmas Social"

For full details of this event click

Our current programme may be seen here.


Modelling, new and old, plus the history of a fascinating type of loco.

Cover of Journal Vol. 21 no. 12 and link to more information.



PLEASE NOTE: Book orders received on 17 December will be processed and despatched but delivery in time for Christmas cannot be guaranteed. Our shop will be open the 17th & 19th of December to collect in person.

Tony Straw, EC Member 4, 13th December


Photograph Collection

More than 500 new items, with images, have been added to the on-line catalogue. These may be seen here.

Andrew Nummelin, Webmaster, 11th December


drawings catalogue update

Over 2000 new and updated items have been added to our on-line catalogue. Also more than 700 new images of drawings have been uploaded.

Andrew Nummelin, Webmaster, 23rd November



Please note that I will be on holiday from the 11th. December until January 9th. 2015, so delivery times will be much longer than normal.

John Hancock, Photographic Sales Manager, 6th November



The Museum and Study Centre will be closed on 24, 26 and 31 December 2014 plus 2 January 2015.

Tony Straw, EC Member 4, 6th November


An illustration of the use of Society resources

Correct Train Formation by John Chamney

sample of work and link to more information

Click on the "i" symbol for more information on this item. link to more information




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Historical Model Railway Society 1996 - 2014.
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Academic Liaison

By Air, Sea and Land Brochure and link to web site section

Details of the September workshop are available.

Museum & Study Centre

Museum and Study Centre photo

Visit us in our HQ at Swanwick Junction on the Midland Railway.


There are 30590 items in our current on-line catalogue.

drawing illustration

Area Groups

Meetings around the country are open to all.

an Area Group


click for details of this book

Here's one of the 15 in print. 35 titles have been published.


illustration of a transfer

53 different historically accurate sheets for modellers.

The Journal

The cover of a Journal

Our quarterly publication is now in volume 21.

Photograph Collection

One of the 49588 in our on-line catalogue.

A photo from our collection



Christmas cards are available.