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South Eastern & Chatham 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 In terms of copyright, British Railways (Residuary) Ltd confirmed to the Society that it was 'not interested' in historical documents that had outlived their operational usefulness and this line seems to have been followed by Railtrack and now Network Rail, as may be evidenced by the quantity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 ...

Number Issue Date Description
  3 May 1892 Royal Train timetable for Queen Victoria from Port Victoria to Windsor via the SER-LSWR link at Waterloo.
64 August 1903 Various special trains for Buffalo Bill's 'Wild West' Show.
36 ST 19 May 1910 Royal Train Notice for three crowned heads and entourages arriving for funeral of King Edward the following day.
  c1910 Diagram of Gradients. Two books produced in the name of the Joint Committee, one each for the South Eastern and Chatham sections. Neither book is dated but the SE one has a note on the inside cover "T. T. Department 11 July 1910".
70 ST 29 October 1912 Royal Train Notice for Queen Alexandra.
189 ST 3 July 1917 Private Special Train Notice.
168 ST 15 July 1919 Private Train Notice for General Pershing and party.
262 ST 8 November 1919 Royal Train Notice for Shah of Persia.
  28 October 1922 SECR War Memorial. Unveiling Ceremony at Dover Marine.