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:-

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 - 20 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.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 Despatches
  • 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


No.237 - June 2019 - £5.00

  • Snailbeach Revisited
  • Rio Tinto Scrapyard
  • Andrew Barclay 88
  • Another Mystery Locomotive
  • Cargo Fleet Iron Company
  • Plympton Works Fireless
  • Minworth Sewage Works Railway, June 1988
  • Jawcraig Brickworks Engine 

No.236 - March 2019 - £5.00

  • F.C. Blake and the Mortlake Tramways
  • "Last Coals to Leeds"
  • Rarely Recorded Peckett 
    (P 1761/29)
  • Connell's Scrapyard
  • Tunnel Railways of Israel and the Middle East - Tunnelling 
  • Water Haigh Colliery
  • A Bath Stone Coincidence
  • Hudswell Clarke Creature 
  • Ridley Shaw & Company
  • Railways of Tiree

No.235 - December 2018 - £5.00

  • The Genesis of Schöma 
    Tunnelling Locomotives
  • Three Hunslets around Barnsley
  • More Consideration of a 
    Luchana Stray (Spain)
  • A Planet at Lochaber
  • North Eastern Industrial Locomotives in 2018
  • The Last New Quarry Railway : Dunbar Cement Works
  • Last Active SG Steam 
    Locomotive in Czechoslovakia

No.234 - September 2018 - £5.00

  • Dartmoor Peat Railways
  • First Schöma Locomotive in the British Isles
  • A Week in Rio Tinto (Spain)
  • Barford & Perkins Locomotive: Additional Information
  • Henry Ellison
  • NCB West Ayr Area No.21
  • Another Look at Epok Works
  • Wagons at Swanscombe
  • Kerr, Stuart 91 in Primrose Yellow: Some Further Thoughts
  • Roadside Instructions

No.233 - June 2018 - £5.00

  • Hope Cement Work's Railways - Yesterday and Tomorrow
  • Coven Village Sign
  • British Locomotives in Australia
  • Cargo Fleet Iron Co.:  1. Preston-under-Scar Limestone Quarry
  • A Cautionary Tale (South Africa)
  • Bagnall-Deutz Diesel Locos

No.232 - March 2018 - £5.00

  • Patent Shaft Steel Works
  • The Lilleshall Company's Locomotive PHOENIX
  • Ingot Wagons at Briton Ferry and Llanelli
  • Wheal Eliza Consols Mining Company
  • Patons & Baldwins' Fireless
  • Ruston, Proctor & Co: The 5ft 6in Gauge Locomotives
  • Former Departmental Shunter
  • Corby Iron and Steel Works, 1971
  • Kerr, Stuart 91 in Primrose Yellow: Some Further Thoughts
  • Roadside Instructions

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 - 239 £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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