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 (165 x 225mm) 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 18.00 for 2020 (4 issues), or 32.50 for 2020/2021 (8 issues).

NOTE: A subscription just to the 'Record' now confers 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 Stuart Geeson. 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 Robert Turner - NOT to S.Geeson - via email (see below) - who has taken over this duty since the recent death of Bob Darvill:-

Robert Turner

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 - 16 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.245 - June 2021 - 5.00

  • Memories of Acklam Works
  • Two Chatterley Iron Company Locomotives
  • Chaldrons in Chile
  • Brook Victor Battery Locomotives
  • Kames Colliery
  • Industrial Locomotives in Photographs (parts 1 - 3)
  • A Fortnight in France during 1965
    (part 3)
  • Garrett's Proposal for a 
    Locomotive
  • Ravenscraig Works

No.244 - March 2021 - 5.00

  • Becorit GB Ltd
  • Road to the Washer
  • Stella and Hedgefield Bank
  • A Fortnight in France during 1965
    (part 2)
  • Photographed from Passing 
    Trains

No.243 - December 2020 - 5.00

  • Kilmersdon Colliery in 1968
  • A Proposed Manning Wardle - the sequel
  • Richter & Pickis Locomotives
  • Winter at East Hecla
  • A Fortnight in France during 1965
  • Bagnall 14 inch Four-coupled Saddle Tank Locomotives

No.242 - September 2020 - 5.00

  • Cothercott Mine Revisited
  • Northampton Gas Works
  • Locomotive Shops in China
  • Colin E.Mountford 1941-2020 (obit.)
  • "A Most Useful and Popular Engine"
  • Andrew Barclay 1653
  • John Smith, Village Foundry, Coven
  • The Parcocha Iron Ore & Railway Co. - The Years after 1892 [Spain]
  • "None of the Above is for Publication"
  • Visitors to North British

No.241 - June 2020 - 5.00

  • Robert David Darvill (obit.)
  • The Parcocha Iron Ore & Railway
       Co. - The Years to 1892 [Spain]
  • Scrapyard Challenge
  • Cargo Fleet Iron Co. - 
       3 Steam Locomotives
  • A Return to Epok Works
  • Acton Grange Wharf
  • Northampton Power Station
       Lococmotive
  • Wickhams at Laxey (I.o.M.) 

No.240 - March 2020 - 5.00

  • The Locomotives of Nicholas 
    Sara, the Penryn Foundry
  • Oil Palm Plantation Railways in Malaysia
  • Last Devonport Dockyard Passenger Train
  • Wharncliffe Woodmoor Austerity
  • Penrhyn Quarries
  • Bill Dickins 1941-2019 (Obit.)
  • A Puzzling Peckett
  • Appleby-Frodingham 30 ton Hopper Wagons
  • "When Shall We Three Meet 
    Again"
  • EDITH
 

No.239 - December 2019 - 5.00

  • New Clayton Standard Gauge Locomotives
  • The 'Vivian' Garratts
  • Frank Jux Obituary
  • The Drewry Car Co and McEwan Pratt
  • Porthcurno Telegraph Station
  • Henschel & Sohn Dispatches
  • GLYDER Steams Again
  • Industrial Railways in Erith and Crayford - Part 6
  • A Kerr, Stuart Diesel at Cranmore

No.238 - September 2019 - 5.00

  • John Smith, Village Foundry, Coven

  • Rustons at Polmaise Colliery

  • Wemyss Private Railway

  • The Most Basic of Locomotives (S.Africa)
    (The E.C. Lenning Mini-Shunter)

  • Maintaining Contractor's Locomotives

  • Irish Peat Views

  • Rail Haulage Costs in Blue Circle Quarries

  • Austerities in Transit

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 Turner. See above for postal charges.

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

Robert Turner 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 Mr Turner for details of prices and what numbers he currently has available.


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