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 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.

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 due course

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 the webmaster. 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 17

As the lockdown has now finished (unless we get a national resurgence of the virus), I am proposing to end the “Weekly Lockdown Photo”. So what better way to conclude with than an illustration of arguably the greatest class of locomotives to run in Ireland – the B1a 800 class – to the design of E C Bredin and built between 1939/40 – powerful three-cylinder machines they were the equal of UK based machines, and used exclusively on Dublin to Cork route. Named after Queens of Ireland, Maeve survived withdrawal and can be seen in the Belfast Museum at Cultra. A forlorn hope would be to see it restored to operational use!



Received Comments: Responses to photo Wk17

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
To visit the Manchester Area Website go to:

 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

 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 

 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 

For links to other Irish related websites go to  Links

 Social Media

The Irish Railway Record Society is active on Facebook, Twitter,YouTube, Flickr To view/participate go to Irish IRRS website