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British Railways Western 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.

Please do not pass copies of the files around, instead ask interested persons to contact the Society to obtain their own copy. In terms of copyright, British Railways (Residuary) Ltd confirmed to the Society that it was 'not interested' in historical documents that had outlived their operational usefulness and this line seems to have been followed by Railtrack and now Network Rail, as may be evidenced by the quantity of modern material that has entered the public domain through eBay and other auction houses and second hand bookstalls. Similar advice has been received from London Underground in respect of material obtained lawfully from their staff or is already in the public domain.

If there is a download link in the left hand column, the notice concerned may be downloaded free of charge but bear in mind that the file may not contain all the items listed. Otherwise, if there is a “Members' Download” entry present in the item description, then Members (only) may download a copy of the file. If both links are present then Members will sometimes find additional information or a cleaner copy is available by using the “Members' Download” link.

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Notices flagged with an asterisk (*) are not included in the free download file.

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Recent Additions

Recent additions to the digital archive will be found listed here.


The following items are currently available ...


Signal Box Hours of Opening

Number Issue Date Description
  21 September 1953 Bristol District.
Members' Download
  21 September 1953 London District.
Members' Download

Local Instructions - Footnotes

Number Issue Date Description
GW250-090 1983 08 17 Special Instructions: Cowley Bridge Junction.
Members' Download

Route Learning and similar Books

Number Issue Date Description
  1986 Lines and signalling covering Gloucester PSB area.
Members' Download
  1991 Line plans similar to route learning books covering Gloucester, Newport, Cardiff, Port Talbot PSB areas.
Members' Download

Operating Superintenent's Circulars

Number Issue Date Description
LK 125 December 1950 Motor Trolley System of Maintenance on Single Lines: New Type Control Instrument.
Members' Download
241 26 March 1954 General Instructions, Passenger Train Alterations, Damage to Carriage Windows and Fittings, Conveyance of live cold water and tropical fish, Missing stretcher, Missing screw coupling, Loss of a free ticket.
Members' Download

Station Working Books

Number Issue Date Description
  12 May 1980 Gloucester.
Members' Download

Other Items

Number Issue Date Description
  25 April 1979 Extracts from the HQ Logs plus various other topical items.
Members' Download