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The Midland Railway Study Centre
is formed by these partner organisations:

  • The Roy F. Burrows Midland Collection Trust - (web site)
  • The Midland Railway Society - (web site)
  • Derby Museums - (web site)

Housed within Derby's Silk Mill, it is the largest publicly accessible collection of documents and ephemera relating to the activities of the Midland Railway, its constituent companies, and its legacy on today's society.

On this site you will find details about the Study Centre's collections and how to access them. The site also provides a pathway to finding information relating to the Midland Railway.

The Midland Railway Study Centre is very proud to be a Partner in Excellence with the National Railway Museum.

Quick links to data sources on this site...

The Study Centre Catalogue

The Midland Railway Staff Index - Now including Toton and Derby sheds

For King and Country - the men who Joined Up in 1914 and those listed on the MR War Memorial.

NOW LIVE: Carriage & Wagon Drawing Catalogue - searchable resource for modellers.

Coming Soon - High Resolution Scans

Site Map

The Silk Mill - home to the Midland Railway Study Centre

Derby's Silk Mill, home to the Midland Railway Study Centre.

Staff Record Database

We are very pleased to announce a substantial update to our database of Midland Railway Staff. This dataset now contains just short of 9,000 names of men* who worked for the Midland Railway. This incredible resource is largely thanks to the incredible work of Midland Railway Society member Mike Shaw, who has transcribed the three District Staff Books for Nottingham, Derby and Toton locomotive sheds - amounting to over 7,000 names. Combined with the work of fellow MRS member Glynn Waite, this growing dataset represents a rich source of information for genealogists and railway historians alike.

* - The Company's workforce was almost exclusively male, but there are a few women employees listed too.

Operating Dates

The operating dates for 2014 can be viewed here. If none of these dates fit your schedule please let us know as we may be able to arrange some dates around your diary instead of ours!

"Derby 175"

This year marks 175 years since the opening of the Midland Counties Railway between Nottingham and Derby, with the Birmingham & Derby Junction and North Midland Railways opening within a year. A series of events are planned to mark the occasion and the Midland Railway Study Centre is also doing its bit to celebrate with a Special Open Day on Thursday 29th May from 15:00 to 18:00.

Camera Levy

We now ask for a £5 per visit levy for the use of a camera by visitors who are not members of the Midland Railway Society. We have chosen to make this charge in order to generate an income which we will reinvest in reprographic equipment. Our long term aim is to finance the purchase of equipment to make our larger drawings available in a digital format. We hope you understand our reasoning and will support our aims in this regard.

A view of the reading room in use

The Study Centre reading room

Large object store

Large object store

This web site is maintained by Dave Harris, the Study Centre Co-ordinator

Email: enquiries@midlandrailwaystudycentre.org.uk
Silk Mill Lane, off Full Street, Derby, DE1 3AF
Tel: 01283 702689

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Site last updated: 13APR2014