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Rule Books Digital Archive

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The following items are currently available ...

The books available are listed by Railway Company or the British Railways Region or Railtrack or Network Rail Zone that issued them. Just click on the appropriate button below to go to the lists that are of interest to you.


The following are available:

Recent additions

8 July 2016 Southampton Docks.
17 April 2016 LNER Extracts.


British Railways

Number Issue Date Description
BR 87109 October 1972 Rule Book amended to February 1987.
Members' Download
BR 87213 c 1951 Single Line Working Form B (printed on green paper).
Members' Download
BR 87215 c 1951 Single Line Working Form D (printed on buff paper).
Members' Download
BR 87216 c 1990 Single Line Working Form (printed on white paper).
Members' Download

Great Western Railway

Number Issue Date Description
  February 1927 Ealing & Shepherd's Bush Section Supplement (incomplete).

London & North Eastern Railway

Number Issue Date Description
  January 1933 Extracts from Rule Book.
Members' Download

London & South Western Railway

Number Issue Date Description
  August 1864 Rules and Regulations for the guidance of Officers and Servants.
1497A March 1886 Rules to be observed by Linemen in the Engineer's Signal Department.

London Midland & Scottish

Number Issue Date Description
ERO 6498 January 1939 Reprint of 1933 edition incorporating supplements 1 to 11.
Members' Download
ERO 6498/28 December 1947 Additions and ALterations No.15 to reprint of 1933 edition.
Members' Download

British Transport Docks

Number Issue Date Description
D 518 1967 Special Instructions relative to Working of Traffic into and out of Southampton Docks.
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London Transport & London Underground

Number Issue Date Description
51 1932 All lines. Issue of new rule book.
Available on Research Note 42.
44 1962 All lines. Amendments to London Transport rule book and appendix to working timetables.
Available on Research Note 42.
51 1962 All lines. Amendments to London Transport rule book and Appendix to working timetables.
Available on Research Note 42.
33 1968 Victoria line. Amendments and additions to London Transport rule book.
Available on Research Note 42.
08 1969 Victoria line. Amendments and additions to London Transport rule book (1969 edition).
Available on Research Note 42.
21 1983 Introduction of new LT Railway rule book from 4 July 1983 and associated amendments to appendices to rule book.
Available on Research Note 42.
39 1984 L.T. Railway rule book 1983 - Engineering hours procedures.
Available on Research Note 42.
02 1990 Introduction of new LUL rule book from 08 January 1990.
Available on Research Note 42.
04 1994 Replacement pages for the Central line handbook (1993) to the rule book (1990).
Available on Research Note 42.
09 1994 Amendments to the Central line handbook (1993) to the rule book (1990), April 1994.
Available on Research Note 42.
21 1994 Replacement pages for the Central line handbook (1993) to the rule book (1990).
Available on Research Note 42.

Railtrack

Number Issue Date Description
G0/RT 3012/4 August 1999 Briefing Note for new edition of rule book.
Members' Download
G0/RT 3012 August 1999 Peronalised Rule Book No.12 (Person Working on Rail Vehicles) amended to Supplement No.9, December 2002.
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