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The Society offers a wide range of resources both to our members and to the general public.  We encourage anyone interested in the LNWR to get in touch. We can provide information and copies of many of the items in our archives at minimal cost. Members of the Society receive a Journal and Newsletter on a quarterly basis and have free access to our on line archive system.

On this page you will find a little more information on what we have to offer under the headings below

The Journal

The Society publishes a quarterly Journal, sent to all members.  This is a high quality publication that covers a wide range of subjects.Click here for more details

The Newsletter

In addition to the Journal Society member recieve a quartetly Newsletter. We also have a modelling suplement The LNWR Modeller which is produced about twice a year.  Click here for further details

Our Collections

The Society began collecting archive material relating to the London & North Western Railway soon after its inception, and the collection grew steadily over the years. Eventually better accommodation was needed to house the material and there was a strong desire to provide facilities for members and the public to access the collection for research. After much searching, some premises where the collections could be housed were located and in 2010 the Society was able to open its Study Centre at Kenilworth in Warwickshire.

As we digitise our collections for conservation and remote access purposes  many now exist online in our Digital Archive as part of our Online Collection.

Today the collection runs to around 10,000 items, a large proportion of which are original. It covers all aspects of the work and operations of the LNWR and its successors, and includes minute books, reports, working and public timetables, appendices, and working instructions. There is a large collection of drawings and other information related to locomotives and rolling stock, stations, buildings, track and signalling.  To explore the contents of our extensive archives click here


The Study Centre

The Study Centre, as its name implies, is more than just storage for our archives. It is a work space for conserving, cataloguing and scanning. A venue for a number of Society events, as well as somewhere anyone can come to look through our archives.  Find out more here.


The Forum

The L&NWR Society Forum has been running for many years now.  It is open to both members and non-members, although only members of the Society can log in to comment.


Many of our photographs are available to purchase through our Zenfolio shop.  Have look at what is already available. If there is something you are interested in that isn’t there please send a request to

Staff History

 The Society can help anyone seeking to trace their LNWR ancestors by locating relevant records in archives across the UK and giving advice on their interpretation. The L&NWRS Archive only holds a few volumes of Staff Registers, mainly relating to the Goods Department and the Locomotive Department of the Company. We do not seek to duplicate the records available in these other archives, but rather to reference, amplify and interpret them. 

An important part of LNWR staff history is the large numbers of employees who signed up to fight in what became known as “The Great War” or as we know it today Word War 1

The Railway itself played a vital part of that war and after the war the company produced a Roll of Honour, copies of which were given to the next of kin of those lost in the war.  To see a copy of just one of these books please click here to go the the war effort page 

Books on the LNWR

The LNWR has long been a popular subject for publications of all types.  Numerous books have been published on the railway, its history , its operation, locomotives and rolling stock

The London & North Western Railway Society publishes a range of books on LNWR subjects

Here is a list giving a selection of publications from our complete bibliograpy that provide further information on several aspects of the LNWR

The LNWR Society bibliography lists books and other monographs on the LNWR, its constituents, joint companies and related subjects.

We also have a periodicals bibliography, listing magazine articles