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Abbreviations: railway companies

This section lists the various abbreviations used in the text. Those of the pre-grouping railway companies which follow are not necessarily as officially used. The word 'Railway' is generally implicit in the second column. This listing is not exhaustive but does contain the more important railways.

B.R.: British Railways/British Rail

and the component regions:

E.R.: Eastern Region

L.M.R.: London Midland Region

N.E.Region: North Eastern Region

Sc.R: Scottish Region

S. Region: Southern Region

W.R.: Western Region

For the pre-Grouping companies in the main list below, the later owner is shown in brackets where relevant:

G.W.R.: Great Western Railway

L.M.S.: London Midland & Scottish Railway

L.N.E.R.: London and North Eastern Railway

S.R.: Southern Railway

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A.D.R

Alexandra (Newport & South Wales) Docks & Railway (G.W.R.)

B. & E.R.

Bristol & Exeter: inc. 1836, abs. by the G.W.R. in 1876

Barry R.

Barry (G.W.R.)

Birk. R.

Birkenhead, inc. 1859: abs. by the G.W.R and L.N.W.R. in 1860 (G.W.R. and L.M.S.)

B. & M.R.

Brecon & Merthyr (G.W.R.)

B.P. & G.V.R.

Burry Port & Gwendraeth Valley (G.W.R.)

Cam. R.

Cambrian Railways (G.W.R.)

Car. R.

Cardiff (G.W.R.)

C.K.P.R.

Cockermouth, Keswick & Penrith: inc. 1861, worked jointly by N.E.R. and L.N.W.R. (L.M.S.)

C.L.C.

Cheshire Lines Committee: inc. 1867, jointly owned by G.C., G.N. and M.R. (L.M.S. and L.N.E.R.) retained its own coaching stock until it became part of London Midland Region on 1.12.48

C.M.D.P.R.

Cleobury Mortimer & Ditton Priors Light: taken over by Admiralty 1957 (G.W.R.)

Cornwall M.R.

Cornwall Minerals: inc. 1873, leased to G.W.R. in 1877

Corris R.

Corris: inc. 1858, acquired by G.W.R. in 1930

C.R.

Caledonian (L.M.S.)

C.V. & H.R.

Colne Valley & Halstead (L.N.E.R.)

C.W.J.

Cleator & Workington Junction (L.M.S.)

E.K.R.

East Kent: independent until nationalisation

E. & W.Y.U.

East & West Yorkshire Union (L.N.E.R.)

F.R.

Furness (L.M.S.)

F.Y. & N.R.

Freshwater, Yarmouth & Newport (S.R.)

G.C.

Great Central (L.N.E.R.)

G.E.R.

Great Eastern (L.N.E.R.)

G. & K.E.R.

Garstang & Knott End (L.M.S.)

G.N.

Great Northern (L.N.E.R.)

G.N.S.R.

Great North of Scotland (L.N.E.R.)

G. & P.R.

Glasgow & Paisley Joint: C.R. and G. & S.W.R. (L.M.S.)

G. & S.W.R.

Glasgow & South Western (L.M.S.)

G.V.R.

Gwendraeth Valleys (G.W.R.)

G.W.R.

Great Western (G.W.R)

H. & B.R.

Hull & Barnsley: abs. by N.E.R. in 1922

H.R.

Highland (L.M.S.)

I.O.W.C.R.

Isle of Wight Central (S.R.)

I.O.W.R.

Isle of Wight (S.R.)

K.E.S.R.

Kent & East Sussex: independent until nationalisation

L. & B.R.

Lynton & Barnstaple (S.R.)

L.B.S.C.R.

London, Brighton & South Coast (S.R.)

L.C.D.R.

London, Chatham & Dover: operated by joint committee as S.E.C.R. from 1899

L. & C.R.

Liskeard & Caradon: inc. 1843, worked by G.W.R. from 1909, abandoned 1916

L.D. & E.C.R.

Lancashire,Derbyshire & East Coast: abs. by G.C. in 1907

L. & L.R.

Liskeard & Looe: inc. 1825, worked by G.W.R. from 1909 (G.W.R.)

L. & M.M.R.

Llanelly & Mynydd Mawr (G.W.R.)

L.N.W.R.

London & North Western (L.M.S.)

L.O.R.

Liverpool Overhead: independent until closure in 1956

L.S.W.R.

London & South Western (S.R.)

L.T.S.

London, Tilbury & Southend: abs. by M.R. in 1912 (L.M.S.)

L.Y.R.

Lancashire & Yorkshire: amalgamated with L.N.W.R. in 1922

M. & C.

Maryport & Carlisle (L.M.S.)

Met. R.

Metropolitan: incorporated in London Passenger Transport Board in 1933; L.N.E.R. took over steam-hauled service north of Rickmansworth in 1937

M. & G.N.

Midland & Great Northern Joint (M.R. and G.N.): locos acquired by L.N.E.R. in 1936 (L.M.S. and L.N.E.R.)

M.R.

Midland (L.M.S.)

M.S. & L.R.

Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire: retitled G.C. in 1897

M.S.J.A.R.

Manchester South Junction & Altrincham: inc. 1845, jointly owned by the L.N.W.R. and M.S. & L.R. (L.M.S. and L.N.E.R.)

M.S.L.R.

Mid-Suffolk Light (L.N.E.R.)

M.S.W.J.R.

Midland & South Western Junction (G.W.R.)

N. & B.R.

Neath & Brecon (G.W.R.)

N.B.R.

North British (L.N.E.R.)

N.E.R.

North Eastern (L.N.E.R.)

N.L.

North London; closely associated with L.N.W.R., merged in 1909 (L.M.S.)

N.S.

North Staffordshire (L.M.S.)

P.D.S.W.R.

Plymouth, Devonport & South Western Junction (Bere Alston & Calstock Light) part worked by L.S.W.R. (S.R.)

P.T.R.

Port Talbot Railway and Docks, running powers agreement with G.W.R. from 1908 (G.W.R.)

R.R.

Rhymney Railway (G.W.R.)

R. & S.B.R.

Rhondda & Swansea Bay, worked by G.W.R. from 1906 (G.W.R.)

S.D.J.

Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway/Committee: leased to L.S.W.R. and M.R. from 1876 (S.R. and L.M.S.)

S.E.C.R.

South Eastern & Chatham (S.R.)

S.E.R.

South Eastern: operated by joint committee as S.E.C.R. from 1899

S.H.T.

Swansea Harbour Trust (G.W.R.)

S.J.R.

Solway Junction: inc. 1864, worked by C.R.

S.M.J.

Stratford-on-Avon & Midland Junction (L.M.S.)

S.W.M.R.

South Wales Mineral: abs. by G.W.R. but worked by P.T.R. from 1908

T.V.R.

Taff Vale (G.W.R.)

V. of R.R.

Vale of Rheidol: inc. 1897, abs. by Cam. R. in 1913

W.C. & E.

Whitehaven, Cleator & Egremont: inc. 1854, taken over jointly by F.R. and L.N.W.R. in 1878

W.C. & P.R.

Weston, Clevedon & Portishead: independent until closure in 1940

W. & C.R.

Whitland & Cardigan: inc. 1877, abs. by G.W.R. in 1890

Wirral R.

Wirral (L.M.S.)

W. & L.R.

Welshpool & Llanfair Caereinion Light: worked by Cam. R.

W.M. & C.Q.R.

Wrexham, Mold & Connah's Quay: inc. 1862, financially controlled by M.S. & L.R. from 1889, abs. by G.C. in 1905

 

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