Birmingham City Council

The Railway Collection in Social Sciences

Important Update July 2011 - At the present time access to this collection is closed to allow for preparation of stock in readiness for the move to the new Library of Birmingham in 2013. Find out more about the changes in Central Library

examples of the Railway Collection

The Railway Collection is now located in the Library of Birmingham. It is one of the largest of its kind in the UK.

It includes over 5,000 books and periodicals, including Herepath's Railway Magazine, dating from 1836 to 1884, the Great Western Railway Magazine (1888-1947) and Railway Magazine from 1897 to the present day.

Timetables, including Bradshaws are available along with other national and local historical titles.

The collection contains over 20,000 photographs and postcards of locomotives and railway stations. Within the Wingate Bett Transport Ticket Collection, over one million tickets from all over the world are contained in 170 volumes. The Railway Collection also contains maps, architectural drawings, plans, correspondence and instruction manuals.

You may also like to know that Acocks Green Library has a large collection of railway books available for loan. Find out more about the The Birmingham Railway Heritage Study Centre Acocks Green

Other useful websites

Moorerail - History of railways in Britain.

Resources for Transport Research

National Railway Museum

Severn Valley Railway

Tysley Locomotive Works

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