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The Transport Treasury archive for high-quality digital images taken from our original negatives and transparencies captured by the cameras of railway and transport enthusiasts through the ages.


| 16 Highworth Close| High Wycombe | Bucks | HP13 7PJ | Tel 01494 708939|  Mobile 07572 104250 |  


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In August 2017 the Transport Treasury archive transferred ownership to Robin and Sarah-Jane Fell, who have been selling transport images for over 10 years.


The Archive was set up by Janet and Barry Hoper who were both retired RAF squadron leaders. Barry retired from work as a relief signaller at Insch in 2007 to concentrate full time on printing, scanning and maintaining the archive. Janet's administration and accounting skills were put to good use in the 'Treasury'.  Having reached state-pension age, Barry decided he should emerge from the dark into the light so reluctantly took the decision to close the darkroom in 2016. After a year Barry and Janet decided that the archive should be appreciated more in the digital age and with a heavy heart agreed to pass on the baton to younger owners.


The Transport Treasury archive was founded , in 1993 after they acquired a large accumulation of negatives from a friend and whilst were both still commissioned officers serving in the Royal Air Force.  


The Transport Treasury now comprises over 300,000 negatives, mostly of railway subjects but with some buses, traction engines, ships etc and aims to be self-financing.  It is the largest privately owned transport archive in Scotland and one of the largest in the United Kingdom.  We have purpose-built premises to house the collection with full digital imaging facilities.  The archive includes work of some well known names such as R C Riley, Dr Ian C Allen, Roy Vincent, John Robertson, Frank Goudie, Stan Creer, J C Flemons, A E Bennett, Arthur Carpenter, Alec Swain Tony Bennett, Horace Gamble, Eric Sawford, and W A C Smith, Dave Clark, Roy Hobbs inter alia.  We continue to build up our archive with the purpose of providing images digitally to publishers and authors.  


Uniquely for a privately owned archive it is open, by appointment, to visitors wishing to research illustrations for articles etc.  We also operate a website with pages dedicated to various photographers.  A number of ex-railwaymen and enthusiasts assist us in our work as volunteers sorting and cataloguing the negatives . We also welcome new additions to this team , so if you have a good knowledge of transport images and moderate typing skills, then please do get in touch  We keep the archive up to date with modern traction images so that it does not get stuck in the steam days.  Should you wish to place your collection with us we would welcome it on donation no matter the era of the images; however, we are prepared to purchase suitable pre-1968 material and copyright outright; we can usually better any other offer you may have received.  On larger collections (2000+) of good quality, we will consider taking the negatives or transparencies on loan (minimum of 5 years) and split any royalties earned 50/50.  With this option you retain ownership and copyright of the collection during the period of the loan but royalties earned are subject to material being accepted by publishers.  Whatever you choose, you can rest assured that your material will be looked after, the photographer's name given credit whenever any material is used (A N Other/Transport Treasury) and you can always get access to it for prints etc.  


If you require more information or would like to discuss the matter further etc, please do not hesitate to call us, leave a message, and we will return your call.  If you wish to talk with us directly, please telephone 01494 708939; out of normal working hours the office phone is usually on answerphone but if you leave a message we will get back to you.


All images are copyright protected. If you wish to publish or use in public any of our images, please enquire for reproduction fee rates. Please note that due to time constraints, images of the negatives listed are not available to view on the web site. We haven't enough years left on this planet to scan the whole archive and produce prints as well.