The Midland Railway Study Centre contains a wealth of resources which modellers can use as primary source material — in many cases without even needing to leave the comfort of your own workspace.
Although not all modellers are die-hard scratch-builders, even with an ever growing number of ready-to-run Midland products on the shelves and many fine quality kits, there are many who choose to go back to basics and start from the original drawings. These highly skilled artisans are well catered-for here — whether it be locos, rolling stock or infrastructure.
- Locomotives: Although largely still un-scanned, we have a wide range of locomotive related documents, including several hundred die-line copies of drawings sourced directly from Derby Locomotive Works in the 1950s and the renowned Shelford Archive.
- Carriage & Wagon: When it comes to rolling stock, our fully searchable Carriage & Wagon collection is an immensely useful resource. Within this sub-area you will also find links to over two dozen original General Arrangements of coaching stock and goods vehicles which can be downloaded as high resolution scans.
- Infrastructure: Whether it be details drawings of signal boxes and lineside furniture, detailed trackwork drawings from multiple periods of the Company's history or any one of dozens of other potential areas of interest, our collection will have something. Some good examples can be found in this collection of Engineers' Dept. Lithographs.
Of course, like any researcher into Midland Railway history, modellers don't have to go it alone as all the resources of the Midland Railway Study Centre and that of the wider membership of the Midland Railway Society can be called-upon in support of your goals.
Our on-line catalogue is your starting point and for further help or advice all you have to do is ask!