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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 24 September 2014 at Bletchley. and is entitled

"Modelling in Gauge 3"

For full details of this event click

Our current programme may be seen here.


Some terrific modelling support, historical information and information on one of the layouts at our Museum that aptly can portray aspects of the First World War.

Cover of Journal Vol. 21 no. 11 and link to more information.



Conventional black and white photo prices have been reduced to £1.10 to members and £1.60 to non-members. Photos are now supplied as postcard size, although if still in stock 6" x 4" can still be supplied if preferred, at the same price. Note that colour photos are now only supplied as digital prints. See order form for more details.

John Hancock, Photographic Sales Manager, 4th September



As from 3rd September 2014 all our new books have been reduced in price. In most cases there is now just a single price for all. Newer titles such as Great Western Way and Merry Go Round still have a member discount but both prices have been reduced. For full details of the new prices please see the books order form

Tony Straw, EC Member 4, 3rd September


An illustration of the use of Society resources

Models from HMRS mouldings and transfers by Tony Straw

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 28410 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 48749 in our on-line catalogue.

A photo from our collection



Christmas cards are available.