Archive of photographs

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A large archive of more than 12,000 railway photographs is available for customers to search and browse online. Copies, in a variety of sizes, may be purchased.


Copies of photographs from collections within the museum archive are available for purchase.

Images may be ordered for private or commercial use. Please see Termsfor conditions, prices and help. Note images for commercial use are only supplied as jpgs.

The collections can be browsed via the buttons above, or the search boxes below. The museum archive contains many thousands of photographs.

The John J Smith collection contains many thousands of photographs taken between about 1950 and 1970. Though the emphasis is on Southern England the collection covers the whole of the UK, Ireland and parts of Europe.

The Colin Hogg collection covers mainly the Southern area and includes some shipping.

The Alan Postlethwaite collection covers Southern England plus some elsewhere in the UK.

The Joe Kent collection covers mainly locomotives in Southern England.

Two search methods are available: general and targeted.

1. The general search seeks matches to an alpha-numeric string in all areas of the database. This search will, for example, deliver results for a specific place regardless of whether the place is recorded in the "subject", "socation", "train working" or "description fields.

2. The targeted search only seeks matches in specific fields. This will normally give fewer results.

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