THE MIDLAND RAILWAY
The Midland Railway Study Centre
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
The Study Centre reading room
Large object store
This web site is maintained by Dave Harris, the Study Centre Co-ordinator
Silk Mill Lane, off Full Street, Derby, DE1 3AF
Tel: 01283 702689
Site last updated: 13APR2014