The Derby Registers

The Derby Registers held at the National Railway Museum list many of the photographs taken by the official Midland Railway photographers and their successors in the LMS and British Railways.

Listed below are the links to the entries typed in so far. We are only typing in the negative descriptions — we are not scanning the images themselves. We are committed to entering the negative descriptions up to number 13,000 — which marks the end of the Midland material in the registers. Prints of many of the negatives can be obtained direct from the National Railway Museum. Unfortunately, a proportion of the negatives have been lost or are damaged beyond use.

The negatives are numbered approximately in chronological order. Some numbers were never used and so large gaps appear in the numbering sequence.

KWIC Index

If you’ve never seen a KWIC (KeyWord In Context) index before, then it might appear a little strange at first. The index term is the emboldened term listed in a column down the middle of the pages.

The Register

Obtaining prints

Black and white prints for private study or research can be obtained from the National Railway Museum. Please bear in mind that the list presented on these pages is not complete. A full list of negatives in the Derby collection can be viewed in the Museum’s Reading Room. Before placing an order, you are advised to check with the NRM that the negative you are interested in has not been lost, damaged or is otherwise unavailable. I have also been told that the descriptions in the Registers are occaisionally incorrect, so always inform the NRM of what you think the negative is a picture of.

Other data formats

As well as viewing the data as web pages through the links below, you can also download the data as a .pdf file and a .csv file that can be imported into a database.