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Categories of items within the collections


Ambulance Equipmentexcluding badges and medals which are categorised under “Uniform and Accessory”
Building Componentany item used in construction of a railway building including door furniture, but not door nameplates
Carriage & Wagon Fitting
Cast Iron Sign
Ceramicincludes both china and salt glazed (earthenware) items
Clocks and Watches
Coat of Armsincludes heraldic devices, mounted and unmounted items or cast metal
Enamel Signexcluding signal box nameboards
Glasswareexcludes ink wells
Goods Department Equipment
Horse and Dray Equipment
Hotels Department Equipment
Lampincludes lamp components and fittings
Locks and Keys
Locomotive Department Equipment
Locomotive Fitting
Metalware Containerexcludes cooking utensils, metal jugs and tins used by the Hotels Department
Office Equipmentincludes glass inkwells, wallets, blotting pads, cash boxes etc.
Pay Check
Permanent Way Componentexcluding tools
Signal Box Nameboard
Signal / Telegraph Equipment
Silver Plateincludes silver presentation items
Social / Welfarethis category also applies to appropriate paper and card items
Uniform and Accessory
Wooden Sign


Accident Report
Act of Parliament
Agreement Inter-Company
Arbitration Document
Book (Commercially Published)
Carriage Printincludes carriage panel containing advertisement or notice
Constituent Company Documentconstituent of the Midland Railway Company
Directors’ Diary
Early Midland Document
Envelopeincludes departmental envelopes
Joint Line Documentincludes post grouping items where permitted by the Collection Development Policy
LabelsThis generic term is subdivided for categorisation purposes...
—Luggage Label
—Parcel Label
—Wagon Label
Magazine Reprint
Menuincludes items printed on silk
Newspaperincluding newspaper cuttings
Notices to StaffThese are divided under two headings for categorisation purposes...
—Notice to Enginemen
—Notice to Staff (all notices intended to be displayed at the workplace – except the special series “Notice to Enginemen”)
Operating DocumentsThis generic title covers all documents issued in connection with operating the railway. It is sub-divided for categorisation purposes...
—Timetable (Working) (including excursion trains) Appendix to Working Timetable
—Weekly Notice to Engine drivers, etc. (this is the Weekly Notice covering signal alterations and engineering work)
—Operating Document (all documents not otherwise included above)
Parliamentary Paper
Patent Documentation
Photographincluding photographic negatives and slides
Pictureexcludes photographs and postcards
PostcardsJohn Alsop has published listings of pictorial railway postcards covering both official (i.e. produced by the railway company for sale to the public) and commercial (i.e. produced and sold by private companies). The Alsop lists are extensive, authoritative and, whilst they do not cover all postcards, can be said to be, to railway postcards, what the Stanley Gibbons catalogue is to postage stamps. Alsop is therefore used as the basis for sub-dividing this generic term for categorisation purposes...
—Postcard (Commercial - Alsop)
—Postcard (Commercial - Non-Alsop)
—Postcard (Official - Alsop)
—Postcard (Official - Non-Alsop)
—Publicity (if less than approximately A4 size is categorised as Handbill)
—Guide Book / Booklet (Hotels)
—Guide Book / Booklet (Tourist Programme)
Public TimetablesThe following sub-divisions are used for categorisation purposes...
—Timetable (Privately Published)
—Timetable (Public)
—Timetable (Sheet)
(see OPERATING DOCUMENTS for Working Timetables)
Railway Clearing House Publication
Railway Land Document
Reference Paper
Royal Train Material
Rule Bookincludes Bye-Laws in book form
Share Certificateincludes Share Transfer Certificates
Social / Welfareincludes Midland Railway Institute and applies also to three-dimensional objects
Staff Record
Ticketincludes Edmondson, paper and card
War Memorial Item


These related terms have been allocated specific definitions for categorisation purposes:

MAP: used for documents which show geographical locations where the scale is equivalent to, or less than, 6 inches : 1 mile.

PLAN: used for documents which show geographical locations where the scale is greater than 6 inches : 1 mile.

DIAGRAM: used for documents which show geographical locations and/or layouts but are not to scale.

DRAWING: used for documents which depict non-geographically related objects and includes those both to scale and not to scale.


Accountant’s Department Document
Burton & Ashby Light Railways Document
Carriage & Wagon Department Document
Company Meeting Paper (Shareholders)
Dividend Statement
Engineer’s Department Document
General Manager’s Department Document
General Manager’s Order
Goods Department Document
Goods Manager’s Circularnumbered
Hotels Department Document
Locomotive Department Document
London, Tilbury & Southend Section Document
Marine Department Document
Mineral Department Document
Northern Counties Committee Document
Report and Accounts
Secretary’s Department Documentincludes items previously in the “Share Document” category
Stores Department Document
Traffic Department Document
Superintendent’s Circularnumbered


LMS Departmental Document
BR Departmental DocumentIncludes BR, BR(LMR), British Rail and Midland Lines
Derby Museum itemsand others items outside the Collection Development Policy