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Visiting the Midland Railway Study Centre: Everything you need to know about how to come and use the Midland Railway Study Centre


This page is designed to give an overview of the resources available on this site. We try and make as much available for downloading as our bandwidth allows, but the thrust of the site is to provide advice and guidance.

Much of our effort is currently focussed on expanding catalogue entries, adding illustrations to those entries where we can and, most importantly of all, making hi-res scans available for download. Keep an eye on our on-line catalogue for more-and-more downloadable items

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  • A searchable index of Midland Railway Staff — Staff Index
  • A list of some of the specific staff records we have — Staff Records
  • A detailed record of the staff of Ashchurch Junction by Brian Harringman — Ashchurch
  • The Midland Railway Locomotive and Carriage Department Staff List 1864 — Staff List
  • An illustrated paper authored by Glynn Waite which helps the reader interpret Midland Railway Staff Records — Understanding Staff Records
  • The life and Times of Newton Hibbert — Newton Hibbert
  • The Whitaker family photograph album — Whitaker album
  • Details of the RAIL491 series of staff records held by the National Archives — RAIL491
  • Some of the more interesting tales contained within the Ben Taylor Collection of Derby "Four Shed" Staff Records.
  • A list of people to whom the “Grass Rights” were granted at Settle in 1906 — Grass Rights
  • The memoirs of J.A.HICKMOTT who worked on the Midland Railway from 1905 serving at Bitton, Clifton Down, Nailsworth, Fishponds, Montpelier (1914), Tewkesbury and, in 1916, moved to Defford where he stayed for 31 years. He assisted at Evesham for a short time and, in 1947, went back to Tewkesbury as chief clerk in the Goods Office and retired in December 1949 — "My Memoirs"


  • The Historic Building Record commissioned by Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust for Wingfield Station— Wingfield
  • Thanks to Chaddesden History Group, and Peter Cholerton in particular, we have a page dedicated to Chaddesden Sidings at Derby. As well as papers written by Peter, there are links to some of our own resources including the Midland Railway's detailed land plans of the sidings and surrounding area.

Railway Operations

First World War

  • A page providing an overview of the resources we have in respect of the First World War — Great War
  • A list of the men of the Midland Railway who went to war in 1914 (fully searchable) — For King and Country


Carriage & Wagon

  • For modellers or Carriage & Wagon restorers, a searchable resource of the Midland Railway Carriage & Wagon Register, the Lots & Diagrams Register and the detailed version of the Study Centre's catalogue of Carriage & Wagon drawings — Carriage & Wagon Database
  • Andy Boothman has written a page detailing the Study Centre's collection of drawings from Litchurch Lane — Carriage & Wagon
  • Some of the more popular drawings from our Carriage & Wagon collection available for download.



Other Companies

Material from our collection relating to companies other than the Midland — Other Companies

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Finding Aids

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If you can't find what you're looking for, please feel free to get in touch. Contact details are located at the bottom of every page.