Industrial Railway Society Publications

The Society have now set up an "eShop" which allows you to purchase our publications online.
In future all details of our publications will appear in this shop, even if you order by traditional means.

The IRS publishes a wide range of books about industrial railways, both in the United Kingdom and overseas. The Regional Handbooks were the first books that the Society produced, in it's very early days, and these have now grown greatly from the slim little booklets of those early years. In the 1960's we brought out the first EL Handbook, to provide a more up-to-date guide for the enthusiast looking for the existing industrial and preservation railways of the UK, and this is now in its 17th edition. Over the years we have also published a number of other books about specialised subjects, such as a particular industrial system, or locomotive builder.

The IRS does not just limit its interest to the industrial railways of the UK and Foreign books started in 1956 with the first of a series on the industrials of France, which is now in its second generation. Since then the coverage has spread to other countries around the world such as Germany, China and Cuba, with more to follow. And finally there is the Society's magazine, the Industrial Railway Record, with its range of articles on all sorts of industrial railway subjects.

Note: Many former Society publications (books & the 'Record') are now out of print, but we do have some good second-hand copies available of some of these. If you are interested please make enquiries by email to Robert Turner to find out what is available.

IRS Sales Stand

The Society's sales stand will be appearing at the following events in 2020. You will be able buy all our available publications from the stand, or arrange to collect items that you have ordered in advance, and so save on the cost of postage. If customers want any specific books for collection at Sales Stands can they please drop an email to the sales officer stating their requirements and the date and event they will be attending, so that we can be sure we have what you want:-
Important: please note that the IRS bookstand at events in the south of the UK, which are marked with * *, are being run by Colin Billinghurst, so if you want to collect items at these particular events you should contact Colin by email first, rather than the usual sales team.

Statfold Barn Railway, near Tamworth
"Road & Rail Day" Saturday 12/13th September 2020

The "Back to Basics" event did take place on 8/9 August, with our sales stand in attendance,
and the "Road & Rail Day" will also take place in September (see above), also with our sales stand attending.

Warley National Model Railway Exhibition, Birmingham

We normally have a sales stand at this show in December; 
however it has just been announced that this show has been postponed until 2121, due to the Coronavirus


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  • We have just published our latest book, "Industrial Railways and Locomotives of the Northumberland Coalfield" - see here for details.
  • We have also published the latest, 8th edition of the book "Ex-BR Diesels in Industry - 8BRD" - see here for details.
  • The latest version of the Existing Locos Handbook (18EL) has just been published - see here for details.
  • As well as our own publications, the Society can supply a large selection of Non-IRS publications. 
    A new revised list of all the publications we have for sale, both IRS and non-IRS, can be downloaded here.
  • In time to catch the Christmas trade the Society is offering a new product bundle.  This is for our four Pocket Books Reprints No.1 West Midlands, No.2 East Midlands, No.7 Lancashire and Book K North Riding of Yorkshire.
       These cost 35.90 if bought as individual items or 30 in our bundle (public prices)
       Members pay just 21 for the bundle. See the eShop for details.

  • A comprehensive set of indices for the "India & South Asia" Handbook are now available as a PDF file which can be downloaded.

Terms: Payment with order. All prices given are in UK pounds Sterling but postage is EXTRA (see below). Cheques/Postal orders to be made payable to "Industrial Railway Society" or "I.R.S.". UK postage stamps are acceptable in lieu of cheques/postal orders for small amounts. Payment can also be made by Giro transfer to account number: 48-274-2801 (book sales only).

Please note that IRS members can often buy these publications at substantially lower prices than those quoted here - why not join up now and enjoy these and other benefits?

Foreign orders: We can only accept cash or cheques in UK Sterling, due to the exorbitant bank charges for converting foreign currency and foreign cheques.  Please note that we can no longer accept French bank cheques.

The IRS can now accept credit card orders directly or via the PayPal system through our new eSales Shop.
Important: please note that we can ONLY accept credit card orders via the eSales Shop, so please DO NOT send your credit card orders to us via post or normal email, as they cannot be processed.


Postage: The prices for IRS publications no longer includes postage & packing. We now charge for p&p - add 20% for p&p (maximum 6.00) to UK addresses, orders over 60 to UK addresses are post free; for overseas addresses add 33.3% for p&p, reduced to 20% on orders over 60. For buyers outside Europe, books can be sent by AIR MAIL but at an extra cost of 35% on the prices listed. Any surplus can be credited against future orders or refunded.

The Society complies fully with the Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations 2000.

The Society will make its best efforts to despatch goods to you within 4 calendar weeks of receipt of your order. Because the Society is composed of volunteers there may be busy periods when this may not be possible.

You have the right to cancel your order at any time prior to despatch and we will refund your payment in full.

After despatch of the goods you have the following rights:-

If, for any reason, you are not satisfied with the goods you have received you have the right to a full refund including any postage and packing charges we have levied. Please return the goods to the Sales Officer who will arrange for a full refund to be made. We will refund your payment within 28 days of receipt of the returned items. You are responsible for the cost of returning the items to the Society.

We will replace any goods that you find to be faulty, even if you do not discover the fault for many months as we appreciate that some faults might not be apparent for some time. If you find any item to be faulty please contact the Sales Officer before returning it. If the goods are faulty and are returned to us for replacement or refund we will also refund the cost of posting the item back to us.

Trade orders

The IRS can supply its publications wholesale to genuine retailers in the UK and overseas.
Please contact the sales team via email for details, including reduced trade prices.

Update Lists: The IRS frequently publishes special 'Bulletins' containing additions and corrections to its historical handbooks, to enable members to keep these books up to date with the latest information. These 'Amendment Bulletins' are sent out to members along with the normal 'Bulletin', as a normal part of the membership service. Sets of these are also available for purchase by non-members while stocks last. These are the 'Update Lists' mentioned in the entries for various publications.

All orders (unless otherwise noted) to:-

Stuart Geeson, 24 Dulverton Road, Melton Mowbray, Leics, LE13 0SF, ENGLAND

Any queries about postage or other matters can be raised with the following email address:

If you are ordering books as a result of seeing this page, please let us know, so we can get some idea how successful it is.

There is only room here to list those books published by the IRS, but our book sales service can also supply a large number of railway books from other publishers. Why not ask for a list?