Kidderminster Railway Museum Photograph Archive
What is the Kidderminster Railway Museum Photograph
The KRM Archive now numbers in excess of 60,000 plus black
and white photographs as well as a large collection of 10,000 colour slides.
They cover most areas of the country, from Wick to Penzance, but there is
naturally a bias towards the Great Western Railway system.
They cover subjects from locomotives to carriages, permanent
way, stations, staff and all manner of other railway subjects. The collection,
which is continuing to grow, is run by volunteers with all the profits being
used to help in the conservation of the archives.
The reputation of the KRM within the museum community for
the care of its archive together with its policy of providing ready access to
the collections has won it many plaudits and further donations of
The archives are not normally open on a daily basis but
visits are possible but only by prior appointment. Even though the volunteer
staff are very accommodating speculative visits without prior arrangement often
lead to disappointment. Please note that a small fee is payable for accessing
Accessing the Archives by post
A postal service is available by writing to the address
below stating your "wants" and enclosing a large stamped address envelope. The
KRM will advise as to what is held within the collection and provides up to 60
mini visual images (each image having a caption) on five A4 sheets (12 images
per A4 sheet) thereby taking out the guessing game when buying.
There are no restrictions on the number of mini-images you
may receive however a charge of 25p per additional A4 sheet is made over and
above the initial 60 mini-images. An order form and price list is also enclosed
although the KRM stress there is no obligation to buy.
Requests should be specific. A request for a station is
easily executable for KRM's staff but a request asking for photos of a
particular route is not. In the latter instance, quote the relevant place names
along the route as this will help the volunteer staff to turn your request
around much more quickly.
As the service is extremely popular orders can take 2 to 4
weeks to turn around, sometimes even longer if holidays etc are involved. KRM's
policy on cheques is to present the cheque only when the order has been
If KRM cannot immediately help with any "wants" they will
retain names and contact details in case at a later date a photograph matching
your requirements becomes available.
Sizes and costs of Prints
The following sizes are available:
3½" x 5½" £1.50p, 5" x 7" £3.OOp,
10" x 8" £5.00
5" x 7" £4.00, 10" x
Larger sizes are available upon request. Photographs are
printed on glossy resin coated paper. A 100% surcharge on each print is made
for cropping or selectively printing a photograph to meet the customer's
Postage and Packing
Orders for within the UK are despatched in stiff envelopes
or tubes at standard postage rate. Please add the following charges for postage
and packing to any order:
£1.00 for orders below £9.99p
£2.00 for orders from £10.00 to £25.00
orders from £25.01 to £50.00
£4 00 for orders from
£50.01 to £75.00
Postage is charged at incremental rates on
larger orders, whilst orders from overseas will be subject to an additional fee
for overseas postage, available on request.
Please note payment must be made in advanced for all orders.
For small amounts, this may be in the form of stamps. Cheques will not be
presented until the order or part order has been dispatched. Payment should be
made to the Kidderminster Railway Museum.
Reproduction and/or Publication
Permission to reproduce any photograph in any form
whatsoever must be obtained in advance and in writing with reproductions in a
publication subject to the payment of a reproduction fee.
For further enquires please contact us either by e-mailing
firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting
their website www.krm.org.uk or write to:
Kidderminster Railway Museum