Irish Railway Record Society – London

Welcome to the London Area of the Irish Railway Record Society.

We provide a forum in London for Members of the Society and others interested in Irish transport, particularly railways, covering all aspects of the subject – historical and contemporary, infrastructure, rolling stock, operations and people, throughout the island.

You can become a member of the society on the IRRS Membership page.


We hold monthly meetings at a central London venue from October to April every year hosting illustrated talks by speakers on a wide range of Irish transport topics. The 2019-20 season’s events have now finished.

We have fixed dates for next season. For details please go to Next Events

Full details will be published on this website in late-August. 

For reports of previous meetings (including this season), please go to Previous Events.

Each Spring we hold our Transport Collectors’ Market at Chiswick, West London. For further information please see the Transport Collectors’ Market.

Weekly Lockdown Photo

The London Area will each week publish a photo of an Irish Railway subject and invite  Comments  You are invited to contribute any comments on the photo up to next Saturday, for sharing with others. And we will publish (if necessary abridged). Or maybe you would like to contribute a photo yourself, via the invitation for Comments The photo will change each weekend. Previous weeks will be archived in Previous Events.

Week 6
We have been privileged to receive and be able to share photographs from Michael Davies’s collection. We start with a glimpse of the Irish Narrow Gauge on the Londonderry and Lough Swilly Railway, and Tooban Junction

Tooban Jct LLSR June 3rd 1952 001

General view of the junction with 4-6-2T No 10 on a Buncrana train on the left and 4-6-0T No 3 on a Letterkenny train on the right. Photo taken on 3rd June 1952. Michael describes the station as “One of the most obscure junctions in these islands.”

Tooban Jct LLSR Loco 10 for Buncrana. June 3rd 1952 001

Michael comments “No 10 departing for Buncrana is one of my best pictures. Taken with a 7/6d Brownie box camera!”

Received Comments – Responses to photo Wk6

IRRS Manchester

In another new initiative, an IRRS Manchester Area was successfully launched at an inaugural meeting on Thursday 6th February 2020 in central Manchester. The new Area will commence its activities in the autumn. If you have not already registered your interest in the new Area and would like to be kept informed of developments and programme, please let us know at

Meet our Members

The Irish Railway Record Society London Area is a hub of railway enthusiasts from all walks of life. New profiles are always being added with our members answering the same questions but providing very different answers.

Visit the Meet our Members page to find out more about us and to take part.

Events and Sales Stand

Our sales stand at the Warley National Railway Model Exhibition, flies the flag for the IRRS as a whole, particularly the London Area. We also attend ScaleForum.

Collections and Bequests

The IRRS London Area is delighted to accept collections of Irish railway material that would otherwise be disposed of. We use it for research, our archive, or find a good enthusiast home for it.

Please go to the Contact Us page.

Irish Railway Record Society in Ireland

The IRRS London Area parent body is based in Dublin. Further details can be found on the Irish IRRS website.

Social Media

The Irish Railway Record Society is active on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr for events, archive photographs and films.