About us

Kents Bank Station Library is unique. It’s a library about railways – and transport generally – located on a working railway station.

The plaque was unveiled by Lord Hendy, Chair of Network Rail, on January 19th

We are in the process of setting up a community interest company, with a small group of directors, which will own the collection, preserving it intact for future generations. There will also be the opportunity to show your support for the library by becoming a ‘supporter’ – see below for details.

Library staff with Tim Farron MP
Library staff with Tim Farron MP

The stock is based on the collection of Prof. Paul Salveson, founder of the ‘Community Rail’ movement but is gradually expanding thanks to generous donations from well-wishers.

The emphasis of the collection, comprising several thousand titles, is on the social history of railways – including rural and ‘community’ railways. But it covers all aspects of railways and transport, in the UK and abroad. It includes a growing number of children’s railway books.

The Reading Room/Lending Section features a cast iron stove

Over the next few months we will be getting the collection into good order and beginning the lengthy process of cataloguing the collection.

We have open days on the second Saturday of every month, 11.00 to 16.00. Browse the collection, borrow up to three books and pick up a book bargain!

Our ‘Mutual Improvement Class’ is on the second Wednesday of every month at 14.00 – we always have an interetsing speaker, talking on some aspect of rail history. Please pre-book as space is limited.

If you would to show your support for the library by becoming an official ‘supporter’ please see attached form – email or post it back to us.

KB Station Library Supporter