I saw this slideshow on the BBC News website today, and thought that some of the images would make very good starting points for embroidery:
Railway Heritage Archive Images
It includes lots of beautiful images, like this detail of the end screen at Paddington Station:
All the gorgeous scrollwork would make a good starting point for stitch. At the moment they're a bit light on Midlands content, but undeniably the railways were a key part of the Industrial Revolution here in the Midlands.
To explore the whole archive, see the Network Rail website.