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.249 - June 2022 - 5.00

  • The Formby Sand Railway
  • Kenneth Peter Plant (obit.)
  • Cargo Fleet Iron Company
      5. Diesel Locomotives
  • A Scottish Selection
  • Sentinels at Seaham Harbour
  • The Westleigh Tramway
  • Explosion at Woodland

No.248 - March 2022 - 5.00

  • Pembrey Explosives Factory
  • Locomotives En Route
  • The OMAM Mystery Solved
  • Some 1866 Locomotive Advertisements
  • Crossley Brothers' Locomotives
  • A Weedkilling Train for Mineral Processes
  • A Barclay & Co. Discovery
  • Rustons at Polmaise Colliery: a Postscript
  • Mission Impossible
  • Contractors on Main Lines
  • The Strange and Complicated Tale of a Rail
  • British Locomotives in New South Wales
  • Longmoor Incident

No.247 - December 2021 - 5.00

  • Kimmins' Mill Tramway
  • Kerr, Stuart's RUGELEY and EXCELSIOR Locomotives
  • A Handyside Locomotive in Romania
  • Ledston Luck Colliery Railway
  • A Notable Weekend in 2021
  • Railways at Penwyllt

No.246 - September - 5.00

  • Sri Lanka Bound
  • Cargo Fleet Iron Company
  • Horse-worked Forestry Railways
    in the USSR
  • Altrincham Gas Works Railway
  • EDITH and her Sisters
  • Another Outside Flange Railway
  • Fuel Research Institute
  • Ironstone Railway Scenes
  • The Cement Trams of Greenhithe
  • A Unique Survivor
  • Toddbrook Reservoir Dam 
    Spillway upgrade
  • Rare Photographs of an Andrew Barclay
  • Last Coal Leaves The Tyne


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 
  • 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 

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

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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