Research Facility

The Museum provides facilities for those wishing to carry out research into narrow gauge railways.  Some items are contained within a Drawer Cabinet which is accessible by asking the Attendant on duty for access.  Other material is held in secure storage, and can be made available by prior arrangement.  If you wish to study a particular item, then it is advisable to request access in advance.  Most items available are shown in our collections catalogue on this website.

Most of the document and photographic material in our collections is subject to copyright, which places restrictions on the ways copies of that material can be used.

Please be aware that copyright only applies to the production of copies.  You may still view (but not photograph) items in our collection in person and you may still take notes of any information contained within those items, even if your research is for commercial purposes.

If you would like to reproduce the items you are taking copies of in a book or journal article, display the images in a public space, share the images online or give them to someone else, you will need to obtain permission to do this.

You will also need to obtain permission if your research is for a commercial purpose (even if you do not plan to share the images with anyone else at any point). A commercial purpose includes research for any project which will generate revenue through selling a product or service. For example, this could be research to produce a model that will then be sold, being paid to carry out research on someone else’s behalf, or research for restoring a locomotive or carriage which is used for a commercial purpose.

The following house rules will be applied:
• Documents must be handled with care at all times and must be replaced in the correct plastic sleeve and drawer after use.
• The museum will allow use of the computer table or a portable table stored in the office. Alternatively, researchers may pre-book the Slater Room for study [contact]
• Our public computer contains a catalogue of the Museum’s collections.
• Pencils only to be used – no pens or markers.
• You may bring notepads, loose leaf paper and laptops to make notes on
• No food or drink allowed in the museum.
• If you are carrying out private research, you can make copies / photos [but no flash photography].
• The museum will not provide a power supply for laptops and scanners unless a PAT test has been pre-arranged.