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British Railways London Midland Region
Other and Special Instructions Digital Archive

The railways have frequently issued notices of instruction that have operational significance but which don't fall readily into the main categories of the archive. These include notices of electrification, loading of trains, safety, local and more general instructions. Many of these items would today be included in Section 'D' of the weekly notices.

Most documents in the digital archive are in PDF format. However, some larger files may be in JPG, PDF, PNG or TIF format. The files are supplied strictly “As Is”. The entries in each list will make it clear what is available to download and what is only available by other means.

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Signal Box Hours of Opening

Number Issue Date Description
ERO 46433 27 September 1948 Western Division, Crewe South. (Pages 3-4 are missing).
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ERO 46423/2 25 September 1950 Midland Division south of Hendon.
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ERO 46433 25 September 1950 Western Division, Crewe South.
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ERO 46423/1 10 September 1951 Midland Division supplement.
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ERO 46437 10 September 1951 Central Division.
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ERO 46437 15 September 1952 Central Division.
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ERO 46423 15 September 1952 Midland Division north of Hendon.
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ERO 46423/2 15 September 1952 Midland Division south of Hendon.
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ERO 46423 8 June 1953 Midland Division supplement.
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BR 31152/1 14 June 1954 Midland Division supplement.
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ERO 46433/1 14 June 1954 Western Division, Crewe South.
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BR 31088 20 September 1954 Central Division.
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BR 31152/1 13 June 1955 Midland Division supplement.
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BR 31152/1 11 June 1956 Midland Division supplement.
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ERO 46433
BR 31086
17 September 1956 Western Division, Crewe South.
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BR 31088 16 September 1957 Central Division.
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ERO 46434
BR 31087
16 September 1957 Western Division, Crewe North.
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ERO 46433
BR 31086
16 September 1957 Western Division, Crewe South.
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BR 31152/1 9 June 1958 Midland Division supplement.
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ERO 46434/1
BR 31087/1
9 June 1958 Western Division, Crewe North supplement.
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BR 31086 15 September 1958 Western Division, Crewe South.
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BR 31088 15 September 1958 Central Division.
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BR 31088/1 15 June 1959 Central Division supplement.
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BR 31152/1 15 June 1959 Midland Division supplement.
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BR 31087 2 November 1959 Western Division, Crewe North.
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BR 31088/1 13 June 1960 Central Division supplement.
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BR 31152/1 13 June 1960 Midland Division supplement.
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BR 31087/1 13 June 1960 Western Division, Crewe North supplement.
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BR 31088 12 September 1960 Central Division.
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BR 31087/1 12 June 1961 Western Division, Crewe North supplement.
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BR 31088/1 12 June 1961 Central Division supplement.
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BR 31152/1 12 June 1961 Midland Division supplement.
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BR 31088 11 September 1961 Central Division.
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BR 31086 10 September 1962 Western Division, Crewe South.
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BR 358-5 October 1967 Western Division.
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Electric Trains / Electrified Lines

Number Issue Date Description
  19 July 1965 Overhead electfication notice: Queens Park - northwards.
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BR 29636 1984 Working Instructions for DC Electified Lines: Euston - Watford - Croxley Green - North Woolwich - Broad Street - Richmond.
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BR 29650/5 1 May 1984 Working of Electric Trains: Manchester and Bury Section.
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Other Notices

Number Issue Date Description
  undated Train/Signal Box Radio Communication Midland Lines Suburban Services.
ERO 52457/28 February 1948 Operating control organisation. Barrow District Operating Manager's District.
ERO 46436/707 October 1952 Transcript of Euston Signal Box local instructions (original is held in SRS archive).
BR 30101/4 April 1967 Local instructions in connection with train and traffic control. Preston Division.
BR 30059/2 October 1981 Traction Bulletin No.32.

Correspondence Files

Number Period Description
42474 1970-1973 Closure of Carlisle No.9 Signal Box and Carlisle Gas Works.
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