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Signalling Record Society - 50 Years

London Midland & Scottish Railway 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.

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Headquarters Instructions

Number Issue Date Description
E.R.O. 6918/3 November 1939 Air Raid Precautions.
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E.R.O. 6811/21 May 1943 Supplement 2 to Alterations & Additions For Working of Railways, 1 September 1941.
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Signal Box Hours of Opening

Number Issue Date Description
E.R.O. 46423 1 January 1930 Midland Division.
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E.R.O. 46433 1 March 1930 Western Division, Crewe South.
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E.R.O. 46433/1 22 September 1930 Western Division, Crewe South, supplement.
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E.R.O. 46433 1 October 1934 Western Division, Crewe North including North Staffordshire section.
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E.R.O. 46437 1 October 1934 Central Division.
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E.R.O. 46433/1 6 July 1936 Western Division, Crewe South, supplement.
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E.R.O. 46423 28 September 1936 Midland Division.
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E.R.O. 46433 28 September 1936 Western Division, Crewe South.
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E.R.O. 51155 26 September 1938 Northern Division, Aberdeen & south thereof. (Page 22 missing).
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E.R.O. 46437 28 October 1940 Central Division.
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E.R.O. 46423 28 October 1940 Midland Division, north of Hendon.
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E.R.O. 51154 28 October 1940 Northern Division, Highland Section.
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E.R.O. 46434 28 October 1940 Western Division, Crewe North.
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E.R.O. 46423/1 5 May 1941 Midland Division supplement.
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E.R.O. 46434/1 5 May 1941 Western Division, Crewe North supplement.
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E.R.O. 46434/1 4 May 1942 Western Division, Crewe North supplement.
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E.R.O. 46423/2 2 October 1940 Midland Division, south of Hendon.
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E.R.O. 46423 5 October 1942 Midland Division, north of Hendon.
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E.R.O. 46434 5 October 1942 Western Division, Crewe North. (Page 7 missing).
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E.R.O. 46437 5 October 1942 Central Division.
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E.R.O. 46434/1 3 May 1943 Western Division, Crewe North supplement.
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E.R.O. 46433 2 October 1944 Western Division, Crewe South.
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E.R.O. 46433 1 October 1945 Western Division, Crewe South.
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E.R.O. 46434 7 October 1946 Western Division, Crewe North. (Pages 3-4 missing).
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E.R.O. 46423 6 October 1947 Midland Division.
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Local Instructions

Number Issue Date Description
E.R.O. 46436/ undated Tunnel Alarm Apparatus and Telephonic Communication. Template 'master' for completion in respect of locations and then issue to the relevant signal boxes as a local box instruction.
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  September 1929 Cross Lane Cattle Dock: Shunting Horn Code.
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  September 1929 Glasson Dock: Instructions to Signalmen at Station Box.
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  September 1929 Harrington Junction: Gong Code & Instructions for working between signal box and South End ground frame.
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  September 1929 Hoddlesden Junction: Shunting Horn Code.
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  September 1929 Holland Arms: Instructions to Signalmen at Station Box; instructions for working staff controller.
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  September 1929 Milnthorpe: Bell code between signal box and Fogsignalman's Cottage at Woodhouse.
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E.R.O. 46467
CK 1093
April 1930 Widnes: Mechanical Gong Communication between Pointsman at No.5 Canal Bridge Box and Signalman at No.4 Dock Junction Box.
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Electrified Lines Instructions

Number Issue Date Description
ERO 51987 1 March 1937 Working of Trains over Electrified Lines: Local Lines, Campbell Road Junction to Upminster.
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ERO 51987 1 August 1938 Supplement No.1 to Working of Trains over Electrified Lines: Local Lines, Campbell Road Junction to Upminster. Recreated from amendments stuck in - may be incomplete.
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Distance Diagrams

Number Issue Date Description
48 August 1938 Sheet 48 covering Water Orton - Birmingham - Camp Hill / Church Road Junction. On the back is an undated pencilled sketch depicting changes to Lawley Street Goods shed.
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Other Items

LineCode Issue Date Description
MR820   Signalling notes relevant to the Brightside area (Sheffield to Wincobank). They are undated and may be from the LMSR or BR era. Found typed up on the back of withdrawn local instruction notice dated 1930 and the handwritten parts are in fountain pen rather than biro.
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