Site Updated
4 August 2019
Page Updated
30 April 2019

Signalling Record Society - 50 Years

Great Western Railway
Signalling Notices Digital Archive

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 In terms of copyright, British Railways (Residuary) Ltd confirmed to the Society that it was 'not interested' in historical documents that had outlived their operational usefulness and this line seems to have been followed by Railtrack and now Network Rail, as may be evidenced by the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

Members will find the information needed to Log-in in the Announcements section of the Society's Forum. Be aware that the passwords will change from time to time and without warning. Non-members will need to JOIN the SRS first and then register for the Forum.

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

If you have been downloading files on a shared computer and have now finished doing so, please Log-out now.

Recent Additions

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


The following items are currently available ...



Applicable to All Lines

Notice & Year Extent of Cover Included and Implementation Date RailRef(s)
1873 Alteration in form, semaphore signals, will only show two positions in future.
Notice dated 10 June.
 
735 1889 Signals Out Of Use.
Notice dated 20 February.
 
GO4/124 1895 Method of Signalling Figures in Telegrams on the Single Needle and Sounder Instruments.
Notice dated 1 September.
 


Birmingham Division Series

Notice & Year Extent of Cover Included and Implementation Date RailRef(s)
235 1897 Hatton new curve, new Hatton Branch, Hatton North SBs, Hatton Station North renamed Hatton Middle, Hatton Station South renamed Hatton South.
Wednesday 30 June.
GW734
135 1899 Wolverhampton, new Wolverhampton North, Wolverhampton South SBs.
Sunday-Monday 9-10 April.
GW750
112 1907 Stratford Branch Doubling & Alcester Branch Diversion.
Sunday 2 June.
GW733
GW738
513 1907 North Warwickshire Railway Instructions - opening and closing of SBs, maximum loads of passenger trains.
Monday 9 December.
GW738
717 1909 Handsworth Junction - Soho, new relief lines, new Handsworth South, Queen's Head SBs. (pages 1-2 only)
Sunday 19 December.
GW750
317 1910 Slip Carriage Arrangements, Leamington.
Friday 1 July.
Marked up as draft for notice 329.
GW730
393 1910 Small Heath, replacement Small Heath North SB; closure of Small Heath Middle SB.
Sunday 24 July.
Members' Download: Notice
GW730
902 1914 Bletchington.
Friday 20 November.
GW730
  Dudley Tunnel, General Instructions.
issued 5 November 1917.
GW780
613 1918 Bordesley; Long Marston; Tyseley Down Goods Loop.
December 1918 - January 1919.
notice number may be wrong - original damaged.
GW697
GW730
805 1928 Introduction of yellow lights and arms on distant signals, Sydenham Sidings to Kingham Station East and West Loops.
Monday 6 February.
Members' Download: Notice
GW691
GW732
1931 Daisy Bank North - Daisy Bank South, new SBs
Sunday 19 April.
GW780
489 1931 Lapworth.
Friday-Sunday 16-18 October.
GW730
70 1932 Solihull.
Sunday 13 March.
GW730
115 1932 Olton - Solihull.
Sunday 17 April.
GW730
240 1932 Lapworth, replacement SB.
Sunday 10 July.
GW730
389 1932 Lapworth; also Acocks Green and South Yardley.
Sunday 25 September.
GW730
448 1932 Lapworth.
Sunday 13 November.
GW730
458 1932 Widney Manor.
Sunday 13 November.
GW730
480 1932 Widney Manor - Olton.
Sunday 4 December.
GW730
8 1933 Knowle & Dorridge: Instructions for working ground frame.
7 January.
GW730
28 1933 Knowle & Dorridge - Lapworth.
Sunday 29 January.
GW730
36 1933 Lapworth - Widney Manor.
Sunday 5 February.
GW730
46 1933 Knowle & Dorridge.
Sunday 12 February.
GW730
83 1933 Knowle & Dorridge - Solihull.
Sunday 12 March.
GW730
115 1933 Knowle & Dorridge - Solihull.
Sunday 2 April.
GW730
141 1933 Lapworth.
Sunday 23 April.
GW730
156 1933 Stratford-on-Avon new Racecourse Platform.
Saturday 6 May.
GW697
180 1933 Solihull - Olton, completion of quadrupling Olton - Lapworth.
Sunday 28 May.
GW730
74 1934 Goods Loops and Refuge Sidings, amendment to Appendix No.13.
issued 5 March.
 
498 1934 King Class Engines, amendment to Appendix No.13.
issued 13 October.
GW750
212 1935 The Lakes Halt opening.
Monday 3 June.
GW738
NW 5 1936 Dudley South.
Wednesday 29 January.
GW780
NW 33 1936 Birmingham North; Dudley - Blowers Green; Windmill End Branch; Leamington Spa.
Sunday 5 April.
GW750
GW780
GW758
GW730
NW 93 1936 Birmingham Snow Hill.
issued 20 August.
GW750
NW 135 1937 Hatton South - Hatton Middle, replacement Hatton South SB, closure of Hatton Middle SB.
Sunday 3 January.
GW730
NW 234 1937 Tyseley South; Bordesley South; Bordesley Junction.
Tuesday 17 August.
GW730
NW 246 1937 Horse Traffic for Stratford-on-Avon Racecourse Platform.
issued 27 September.
 
NW 301 1938 Bearley - Claverdon.
issued 21 April.
GW733
NW 323 1938 Bearley - Claverdon.
issued 18 June.
GW733
NW 333 1938 Cox's Lane Crossing; Wolverhampton South.
Sundays 7 and 14 August.
GW758
GW750
NW 377 1938 Birmingham Snow Hill Shunting Horns.
Thursday 22 December.
GW750
NW 4xx 1939 Bilston West Midland.
Wednesday 26 April.
GW780
NW 440 1939 Wolverhampton; Tipton; Re-railing Ramps.
issued 15 May.
GW750
GW780
NW 453 1939 Bilston Great Western.
Monday 26 June.
GW750
NW 454 1939 Hatton - Bearley, new Claverdon SB, doubling of line.
Sunday 2 July.
GW733
NW 536 1940 Bordesley Junction; Handsworth Junction.
Friday 12 July & Tuesday 16 July.
GW730
GW750
NW 721 1942 Alcester Branch.
Monday 18 May.
GW739
NW 739 1942 Stratford-on-Avon West and East.
Sunday-Monday 19-20 July.
GW733
NW 778 1942 Small Heath South.
Tuesday 10 November.
GW730
NW 782 1942 Halesowen Station; Bearley East Junction.
Sunday 22 November.
GW754
GW733
NW 806 1943 Banbury Junction & Banbury Hump Yard. (page 2 missing)
Sunday-Friday 24-29 January.
GW730
NW 865 1943 Warwick Station - Budbrook
Sunday 4 July.
GW730
NW 901 1943 Leamington Spa North
Sunday 24 October.
GW730
NW 933 1944 Banbury Appendix Instructions; Bordesley Junction; Austerity Locomotives.
Issued 23 February.
GW730
1944 Letter re Moor Lane Mileage Yard, Kingswinford Junction.
dated 11 May.
GW780
NW 971 1944 Engines Coupled Together: London - Wolverhampton - Chester; Hinksey SB renamed Hinksey North, Oxford South SB renamed Hinksey North, Oxford Goods Shed SB renamed Oxford Station South, Oxford Engine Shed SB renamed Oxford Station North, Oxford North SB renamed Oxford North Junction.
Issued 9 June.
 
NW 9xx 1944 Austerity 2-8-0 Locomotives; Swan Village Basin; Staff Canteen, Stourbridge.
Issued 23 September.
GW750
NW 1059 1945 King Class Locomotives.
Issued 16 February.
 
NW 1068 1945 Working of engines in steam coupled together.
Issued 13 March.
 
NW 1087 1945 LNER Engine and Tail Lamps.
Issued 14 May.
 
K.412 1945 Letter enquiring about Instanter couplings in Parcels Trains.
Dated 4 July.
 
NW 1132 1945 Hockley North.
Issued 14 September.
GW750
NW 1424 1947 Birmingham Moor Street.
Issued 22 February.
GW730


Bristol Division Series

Notice & Year Extent of Cover Included and Implementation Date RailRef(s)
307 1891 Stapleton Road and North Somerset Junction, new lines.
Sunday 20 September.
GW130
S 381 1904 Swindon 'D'.
Sunday 20 November.
Cheddar, Clevedon, Congresbury, Draycott, East Somerset, Sandford & Banwell, Winscombe, Wells (Tucker Street), Wookey.
22, 23 & 24 November.
GW110
GW213
GW171
GW210
S 404 1905 St Andrew's Crossing (Pilning - Avonmouth line).
Monday 1 May.
GW142
1905 Sandford & Banwell, replacement SB.
Tuesday 12 December.
GW213
S 1159 1923 Introduction of Gravitational Shunting at Bristol East Depot.
Sunday 7 October.
GW150
S 1195 1924 Alterations and Additions to No.4 Section Appendix.  
S 1333 1928 Alterations and Additions to No.4 Section Appendix.  
S 1360 1930 Alterations and Additions to No.4 Section Appendix.  
S 1570 1933 Bedminster, Coalpit Heath, alterations to District Inspector's Districts and S&T Inspectors' Districts. GW120
GW150
S 1685 1935 Bristol Temple Meads. New Bristol East SB. Closure of Bristol East, South Wales Junction SBs.
Monday 9 March; Sunday to Friday 24 to 29 November.
GW150
S 1695 1936 Rodbourne Lane; Worle Junction.
Monday 9 March; Tuesday 10 March.
GW110
GW170
S 1766 1938 Ludgershall.
Tuesday 15 February.
MW010
S 1767 1938 Hallen Marsh Junction.
Monday-Thursday 14-17 February.
GW142
S 1768 1938 Camerton.
Wednesday 23 February.
GW194
S 1779 1938 Wootton Bassett East.
Sunday 1 May.
GW110
S 1794 1938 Bristol East Depot; Box; Farleigh Down.
Tuesday 15 November; Sunday 20 November.
GW150
S 1825 1940 Huntspill.
Sunday 19 May.
GW170
S 1828 1940 Blaise, new SB.
Thursday 13 June.
GW125
S 1834 1940 Hutton, new SB.
Sunday 18 August.
GW170
S 1836 1940 Hullavington.
Sunday 18 August.
GW120
S 1837 1940 Badminton.
No date, issued in retrospect August.
GW120
S 1838 1940 Lockinge East, new SB.
Sunday 25 August.
GW110
S 1840 1940 Warminster Ordnance Depot Siding.
No date, issued August.
GW195
S 1842 1940 Lockinge West, new SB.
Sunday 15 September.
GW110
S 1843 1940 Alford, new SB.
Sunday 15 September.
GW234
S 1848 1940 Hutton.
Wednesday 9 October.
GW170
S 1851 1940 Bridgwater - Huntspill Factory.
Thursday 17 October.
GW230
S 1855 1940 Huntspill.
No date, issued in retrospect November.
GW170
S 1861 1940 Marston Magna.
Monday 16 December, manuscript endorsement "done Dec. 22nd".
GW220
S 1863 1941 Stratton.
Wednesday 22 January.
GW113
S 1869 1941 Swindon West.
Sunday 16 March.
GW110
S 1871 1941 Rushey Platt Junction - Rodbourne Lane.
Saturday-Wednesday 29 March - 2 April.
GW110
S 1874 1941 Hutton.
Wednesday 16 April.
GW170
S 1879 1941 Hay Lane.
Sunday 1 June.
GW170
S 1880 1941 Hay Lane.
Sunday 8 June.
GW170
S 1881 1941 Little Somerford.
Saturday-Thursday 14-19 June.
GW120
S 1883 1941 Highworth Line.
Tuesday 24 June.
GW113
S 1885 1941 Kingsdown Road Ground Frame.
Sunday 29 June.
GW113
S 1886 1941 Hullavington.
Sunday 6 July.
GW120
S 1887 1941 Badminton.
Sunday 20 July.
GW120
S 1888 1941 Swindon East.
Sunday 20 July.
GW110
S 1891 1941 Westerleigh.
No date, issued August.
GW120
S 1897 1941 Portland, new Portland Station SB.
Sunday 28 September.
WP001
S 1910 1942 Westbury North.
Friday 16 January.
GW190
S 1915 1942 Westerleigh East.
Tuesday 24 February.
GW120
S 1926 1942 Severn Tunnel East - Pilning.
Sunday-Tuesday 31 May - 2 June.
GW140
S 1928 1942 Marston Crossing West.
Sunday 7 June.
GW110
S 1930 1942 Pilning - Severn Tunnel East.
Sunday-Monday 21-22 June.
GW140
S 1931 1942 Highworth Branch, new up loop siding and GFs.
Wednesday 17 June.
GW113
S 1933 1942 Westerleigh East - Wapley Common, new Wapley Common, Westerleigh East SBs, Westerleigh SB renamed Westerleigh West.
Sunday-Wednesday 28 June - 1 July.
GW120
S 1938 1942 Filton West Junction.
Sunday-Monday 26-27 July.
GW125
S 1939 1942 Salisbury.
Friday 31 July.
GW195
S 1941 1942 Westerleigh North, new SB.
Sunday 16 August.
GW123
S 1942 1942 Westbury North.
Sunday 16 August.
GW190
S 1951 1942 Swindon Loco Yard.
Sunday 4 October.
GW370
S 1953 1942 Hawkeridge.
Thursday 1 October.
GW190
S 1954 1942 Severn Tunnel East & West.
Sunday 4 October.
GW140
S 1957 1942 Pilning.
Sunday-Monday 4-5 October.
GW140
S 1964 1942 Bathampton Station - Bathampton West.
Sunday 1 November.
GW150
S 1971 1942 Huntspill.
Sunday 13 December.
GW170
S 1975 1943 Castle Cary.
Sunday 3 January.
GW190
S 1987 1943 Castle Cary.
Sunday-Sunday 21-28 March.
GW190
S 2000 1943 Codford - Sherrington Crossing, new Sherrington Crossing SB.
Sunday-Thursday 23-27 May.
GW195
S 2008 1943 Witham.
Sunday-Thursday 8-12 August.
GW190
S 2010 1943 Thingley Junction - Thingley West - Corsham, new Thingley West SB.
Sunday-Thursday 29 August - 2 September.
GW150
S 2019 1943 Yeovil South Junction, new Yeovil South Junction SB.
Sunday-Wednesday 10-13 October.
GW220
S 2022 1943 Hawkeridge.
Sunday-Tuesday 31 October - 2 November.
GW190
S 2031 1944 Yeovil South Junction.
Monday 21 February.
GW220
S 2038 1944 Warminster - Beechgrove - Heytesbury, new Beechgrove SB.
Tuesday 11 April.
GW195
S 2048 1944 Sparkford.
Sunday 28 May.
GW220
S 2088 1945 Swindon West.
Sunday 19 August.
GW110
S 2100 1946 Andover Junction; Henbury (Blaise Sidings); Patchway - Severn Tunnel Junction; Westbury; Yatton.
Section 'D' items issued January (Appendices 13 and 14).
 
S 2103 1946 Filton Incline.
Sunday-Tuesday 10-12 March.
GW130
S 2113 1946 Patchway.
Sunday 28 July.
GW140
S 2119 1946 Clifton Bridge.
Tuesday 15 October.
GW157
S 2120 1946 Alterations and Additions to No.4 Section Appendix.  
S 2122 1946 Bristol (TM) Goods Yard.
Tuesday 19 November.
GW155
S 2128 1946 Bristol (TM) East.
Sunday 1 December.
GW150

Cardiff Division Series

Notice & Year Extent of Cover Included and Implementation Date RailRef(s)
GL 14053 1907 Wye Valley Junction - Wyesham Junction, introduction of electric train staff.
Sunday 1 December.
GW532
W 477 1930 Pwllyrehebog; Naval Colliery Junction; Llantrisant Branch; Abercynon South.
Sunday-Wednesday 1-4 June.
GW551
TV001
TV030
W 592 1931 Rhondda Fach North, Rhondda Fach South, Rhymney Station. Rhymney No.2 SB renamed Rhymney Yard.
Sunday & Wednesday 12 & 15 July.
RR010
TV030
W 2448 1938 Tyndall Street Crossing.
Sunday-Wednesday 31 July - 3 August.
GW532


Chester Division Series

Notice & Year Extent of Cover Included and Implementation Date RailRef(s)
225 1941 Haughton Siding.
Monday 28 April.
GW840


Exeter Division Series

Notice & Year Extent of Cover Included and Implementation Date RailRef(s)
182 1891 Bridgwater, new No.1 SB.
Thursday 19 November.
GW230
188 1891 New Crowcombe crossing point; revised train staff working Minhead branch.
Wednesday 2 December.
GW239
79 1925 Stoneycombe.
Tuesday-Tuesday 31 March - 7 April.
GW250
174 1927 Newton Abbot East.
Sunday 10 July.
GW250
84 1931 Exminster.
Friday 10 April.
GW250
256 1941 Aller Junction.
Sunday-Thursday 15-19 June.
GW250
527 1942 Cowley Bridge Junction.
Sunday-Monday 1-2 November.
GW250
244 1943 Exeter East.
Sunday 30 May.
GW250
303 1943 Exeter Riverside.
Sunday-Friday 27 June - 2 July.
GW250
437 1943 Exeter Riverside.
Sunday-Tuesday 26-28 September.
GW250


Gloucester Division Series

Notice & Year Extent of Cover Included and Implementation Date RailRef(s)
260 1917 Red Hill Junction - Rotherwas Junction - Rotherwas South - engine whistles
Monday 14 May.
GW383
GW383c
NW239


London Division Series

Notice & Year Extent of Cover Included and Implementation Date RailRef(s)
714P 1895 Bishop's Road new signals.
Sunday 27 October.
Appears to have been postponed - see 253R of 1896.
GW002
253R 1896 Bishop's Road new signals.
Sunday 27 October.
GW002
E 1222 1922 Winchester, new SB.
No date, notice issued March.
GW089
E 74 1928 North Pole Junction, new loop line.
Sunday 16 December.
GW034
E 78 1936 Paddington Arrival and Subway Junction.
Sunday 19 September.
GW001
E 57 1940 Staines Moor Loop.
Sunday 23 June.
GW068
SW052a
E 89 1940 Oxford North, new SB and connections to LMSR.
Sunday-Friday 3-8 November.
GW100
E 26 1941 Moreton Cutting, new up loop.
Friday 11 April.
GW080
E 41 1941 Reading, new connections to SR.
Sunday-Monday 25-26 May.
GW080
SE081
E 16 1942 Kennington Junction.
Sunday-Tuesday 1-3 March.
GW100
E 56 1942 Southall West Station.
Sunday 19 July.
Members' Download: Notice Plan
GW060
E 81 1942 Woodhay, replacement SB.
Wednesday-Friday 7-9 October.
Members' Download: Notice Plan
GW089
E 30 1943 Lodge Bridge, new SB and loop.
Sunday 28 March.
Members' Download: Notice Plan
GW089
E 32 1943 Ufton Crossing - Aldermaston, new down goods loop.
Tuesday 30 March.
GW086
E 81 1943 Hungerford, new down goods loop.
Sunday-Sunday 17-24 October.
GW086
E 16 1945 Oxford Road Junction.
Friday 10 August.
GW083


Newport Division Series

Notice & Year Extent of Cover Included and Implementation Date RailRef(s)
167 1927 Newport East, replacement Newport East SB, closure of Maindee Junction West SB.
Sunday 29 May.
Members' Download: Notice Plan
GW470
253 1934 Little Mill Junction.
Sunday-Friday 8-13 July.
GW384
GW430
1258 1936 Coedygric Junction (Pontypool Road).
Sunday 9 August.
GW435
948 1938 Little Mill Junction.
Sunday-Thursday 20-24 November.
GW384
GW430
W 40 1939 Severn Tunnel Junction Up Hump Yard.
Sunday 5 November.
GW470
258 1941 Pontrilas and St Devereux.
Sunday 29 June.
GW430
W 346 1946 Panteg Junction.
Wednesday 27 February.
GW430


Plymouth Division Series

Notice & Year Extent of Cover Included and Implementation Date RailRef(s)
B 515 1938 Plymouth North Road West, moving box.
Saturday 22 January - Friday 4 February.
GW270
B 706 1941 St Budeaux, new junction to SR.
Sunday 2 March.
GW290
SW150
B 745 1942 Hemerdon.
Sunday-Friday 19-24 July.
Members' Download: Notice Plan
GW270
B 783 1943 Totnes.
Sunday 4 April.
GW270
B 820 1943 Brent, adaption of down loop for passenger working.
Sunday-Tuesday 15-17 August.
GW270
B 823 1943 Laira Junction - Tavistock Junction, new loop lines.
Sunday-Sunday 29 August - 12 September.
GW270
B 828 1943 Launceston, new connection to SR.
Sunday 19 September.
GW275
SW153
B 831 1943 Launceston.
Wednesday 22 September.
GW275
SW153
2517 1945 Retew Branch working instructions.
Issued 23 July.
GW337


Reading Division Series

Notice & Year Extent of Cover Included and Implementation Date RailRef(s)
A35 1904 Cholsey & Moulseford West; Kennington Junction.
Sunday-Wednesday 24-27 July.
GW080
GW100


Swansea Division Series

Notice & Year Extent of Cover Included and Implementation Date RailRef(s)
NW 1469 1943 Burrows Junction, new Baglan Moors GF.
Thursday 28 October.
Members' Download: Notice Plan
RS001


Worcester Division Series

Notice & Year Extent of Cover Included and Implementation Date RailRef(s)
433 1888 Buildwas.
Thursday 27 September.
GW822
507 1888 Buildwas, new signal box.
Tuesday 23 October.
GW822
519 1888 Rushbury.
Tuesday 30 October.
GW824
805 1928 Introduction of yellow lights and arms on distant signals, Sydenham Sidings to Kingham Station East and West Loops.
Monday 6 February.
Members' Download: Notice
GW691
GW732
W 44 1928 Alterations and Additions to No.12 & No.15 Section Appendix.  
W 123 1931 Introduction of Economic System of Maintenance, Shipston-on-Stour Branch.
Monday 28 September.
Members' Download: Notice
GW693
W 621 1931 Signal Alterations and branch working instructions, Shipston-on-Stour Branch.
Tuesday-Wednesday 22-23 October.
GW693
H 131 1941 Moreton-in-Marsh, conversion of down refuge siding into down loop.
Sunday-Friday 22-27 February.
Members' Download: Notice Plan
GW690
H 204 1942 Droitwich Spa, opening of Berry Hill Sidings and GF.
Thursday 10 September.
Members' Download: Notice
GW720
H 218 1942 Honeybourne Station North.
Sunday-Tuesday 18-20 October.
Members' Download: Notice Plan
GW690
H 239 1942 Honeybourne Station South.
Sunday-Tuesday 29 November - 1 December.
Members' Download: Notice Plan
GW690
W 702 1943 Amendments to Appendix 15 to the Service Timetables.  
W 794 1947 Worcester Shrub Hill. GW710