The Industrial Railway Record

The "Industrial Railway Record" is our society magazine, and contains a wide range of articles on all forms of industrial railways. As well as features on the history of various industrial systems and locomotives, we cover such matters as locomotive and rolling stock builders, industrial railway working practices, locomotive dealers and contractors and small lines that did not employ locomotives, as well as book reviews. Each issue also has a letters page, for readers feedback on articles. Although the IRS is a British society and the majority of content is on UK matters, we do also cover overseas industrial railways, and many issues include an article on a foreign subject. However current news items are not usually covered in the magazine, as these are left to the "Bulletin", the IRS members' newsletter.

The "Record" is published four times a year, and distributed to all IRS members with the "Bulletin". The magazine consists of 6.5 x 9 inch pages, well printed on glossy paper, with a two-colour card cover. Articles are well illustrated, and often include maps or track plans. Scale drawings of locomotives and rolling stock are a regular feature. At the moment there are 44 pages + cover per issue.

A full index of volumes 1 - 16 of the 'Record' is available in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format from the Downloads page.

Non-IRS Members may take out a subscription to the Society's magazine, or buy individual copies and back copies.

There are 4 issues per year and the cost of a subscription is 17.00 for 2012 (4 issues), or 32.50 for 2012/2013 (8 issues).

NOTE: A subscription just to the 'Record' only does not confer the privileges of IRS membership.

All prices are in UK pounds (). The Postal Charge for a single Record will be 1.30 - this reflects postal charges and packaging.  However, if more than one item is ordered the charge will amended to suit the numbers of Records ordered.  Overseas orders will be charged postage at cost. Full postal costs can be obtained from Bob Darvill. Cheques/Postal orders to be made payable to "Industrial Railway Society". UK postage stamps are acceptable in payment for small amounts. Orders for "Record" subscriptions should be made to Mr Robinson, while orders for individual copies and back copies of the magazine should now be made to Mr Darvill (see below) - NOT to S.Geeson:-

S.C. Robinson, 47 Waverley Gardens, London, NW10 7EE, England

R.D. Darvill, 119 Bath Street, Rugby, WARWICKSHIRE, CV21 3JA

Foreign orders: We can accept cash and cheques in UK Sterling, or cash in Euros, or US, Australian and New Zealand dollars ONLY, due to the exorbitant bank charges for converting other foreign currency and foreign cheques. UK postage stamps are acceptable in payment for small amounts. Orders for outside Europe can be sent via Air Mail, at an extra cost of 35% of the order. We can now also accept payment by credit card or PayPal, but only through our eShop.

Recent issues of the 'Record'

A full listing of the contents of all issues of the "Industrial Railway Record" can be found in the Archives section.
A full index of volumes 1 - 19 of the 'Record' is also available from the Downloads page.
Small 'filler' items and the letters page are not included in the list of contents


No.231 - December 2017 - 5.00

  • Current Rail Operations at Hope Cement Works
  • Harbour Development Works Dept., Palestine
  • Chloride Batteries Factory Visit
  • London Bridge Contract
  • The French Connection
  • Overseas Bulletin Photographs
  • Dixon's Blazes
  • Barford Perkins Locomotives
  • The Fallgate Wagons

No.230 - September 2017 - 5.00

  • The Origins of the Kerr, Stuart MOSS BAY Type
  • Army Department 891
  • Railways at Dartmoor Prison
  • The Calcutta Municipal Railway in 1898 [India]
  • Timber Framed 'V' Tipping Wagons

No.229 - June 2017 - 5.00

  • From Master Builders to Kit Masters
  • Castlemartin Artillery Range
  • "Re Avonside Loco 1763"
  • Spoil at Saville Colliery
  • Military Railways in Iceland
  • Scottish Gas Works' Motor Rails
  • Industrial Railways in Erith & Crayford: 4c. North and West of Erith : Norman Road
  • Industrial Railways in Erith & Crayford: 5. East of Erith : Anchor Bay
  • Anatomy of a Locomotive - Hawthorn Leslie 3584
  • The Schlitteurs of France
  • Longmoor Locomotives

No.228 - March 2017 - 5.00

  • Baguley 774 and the Pennal Tramway
  • The Railways of the Singapore Naval Base - HM Boom Defence Depot, Loyang
  • Avenue Coking Plant
  • Kerr, Stuart 91 in Primrose Yellow
  • Strange Goings On in North Yorkshire
  • Culter Paper Mills' Peckett
  • Industrial Railways in Erith & Crayford: 4b. North and West of Erith : Lines served from Crabtree Sidings

No.227 - December 2016 - 4.75

  • Dorking Locomotives
  • Bilston (Spring Vale) Iron & Steel Works
  • Grube Carl-Alexander, Baesweiler [Germany]
  • Easthouses - Lingerwood Colliery Railway
  • A Mystery Tramway Engine at Chatham
  • Bagnall Diesels for the Ashanti Goldfields [Ghana]
  • Mick Lee and Peckett

No.226 - September 2016 - 4.75

  • Industrial Railways in Erith & Crayford: 4a. North and West of Erith
  • A Cumbria LADY McBETH
  • Munitions Factories Operated by Contractors [UK & USA]
  • Re-emergence of NEWSTEAD
  • Clyde Iron Works Events
  • A Metamorphosis at Vulcan Works
  • IRS AGM 2016
  • The Large Fireless Locomotives of Teesside
  • Some Muir Hill Locomotive Queries

No.225 - June 2016 - 4.75

  • The Phantom Listing
  • A Fowler Fiftieth
  • Christmas Island Railways
  • Stephen Heath: Dealer?
  • Demise of the 'Big K' (Kellingley Colliery)
  • Hudswell Clarke's Larger Industrial Locomotives
  • Peat Developments Ltd

No.224 - March 2016 - 4.75

  • The Kirkless Locomotives
  • Israel Industrial Locomotives in 2015
  • Halesowen Steel Co.Ltd.
  • Geoffrey Horsman 1925-2015 - An Appreciation (Obituary)
  • Battery Electric Locos Underground at Thoresby Colliery - Part 2 1987-2015
  • Logging at Thrunton Crag in the First World War
  • End of Steel Making on Teesside
  • Chattenden & Upnor Railway Locomotives
  • Falmouth Docks

A full listing of the contents of all issues of the "Industrial Railway Record" can be found in the Archives section.

Back Copies of the 'Industrial Railway Record'

A number of back copies of the Society magazine are still available; please order these from Mr Darvill. See above for postal charges.

61, 65, 66

1.50 each **

90, 94, 96, 98, 99

2.00 each **


3.00 **

104, 107, 110, 113 - 115, 121-122

2.00 each **

124 - 127

2.10 each **

128 - 138, 140 - 147

2.50 each **

148 - 155

2.75 each **

156 - 159

3.00 each **

164 - 171 3.50 each **

172 - 191

3.75 each **

192 - 199

4.00 each

200 - 202 & 204 - 211

4.50 each

203 (Special issue) 6.95

212 - 227

4.75 each

228 - 231 5.00 each

Index for Vols. 1, 4 & 5


Index for Vols. 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10

(Out of Print)

Index for Vols. 11 - 18

2.00 each

Binders for the Record - set of two 11.00 for 2
+ 20% p&p
 Adhesive volume numbers for the binders -
available in sets of 1-12 or 13-24
1.00 per set

Special offer: if you order 4 or more of the 'Record' issues marked **, then there is an extra price reduction of 20%.

There are only very limited stocks of some issues - please give an alternative if possible.

Bob Darvill has a number of second-hand copies out of print issues of the "Industrial Railway Record", between 28 & 155, which are for sale. If you are interested please email Bob for details of prices and what numbers he currently has available.

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