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Country code GB
Repository code 234
Repository National Records of Scotland
Reference BR
Title Records of British Railways Board
Dates 1845-1999
Access status Open
Access conditions The 30-year Closure Rule is applicable to these records with the exception of timetables and publicity matter.
Description For production purposes, the reference number given for each entry should be quoted in full followed by the appropriate piece numbers, thus, BR/NBR/1/10, BR/LIB/S/5/14. Visitors to the National Archives of Scotland can use the comprehensive Search Room card index which covers record sources together with references to published articles and photographs relative to Scotland, and attention is directed to the Communications Source List held by NRS which identifies material in deposited collections.

As a rule, details of the records of each company or undertaking are preceded by a brief historical note. Company records are classified according to a BR system common to the former record departments at London, York and Edinburgh. This system was adopted by NRS and details follow this note together with a list of alphabetical references to record groups. System maps, etc which were transferred to the NRS under the BR/MPS(S) group have been retained under this classification. All maps, plans and drawings (civil engineering and technical) which have been passed to NRS since 1969 have been added to the Register House Plans series (reference RHP).


ABN Aberdeen Railway

ABP Ayrshire Bridge of Weir and Port Glasgow Junction Railway

ABR Aboyne and Braemar Railway

ABT Aberdeen and Turriff Railway

ADR Ayr and Dalmellington Railway

AFR Arbroath and Forfar Railway

AGN Aberlady Gullane and North Berwick Railway

AHT Alloa Harbour Trust

AJS Aberdeen Joint Passenger Station Committee

ALF Alford Valley Railway

ALL Alloa Railway

ALV Alva Railway

AMJ Ayr and Maybole Junction Railway

APS Acts of Parliament (Railway Acts, etc.)

AST Anstruther and St. Andrews Railway

AYH Ayr Harbour Trust

BAN Banffshire Railway

BCS Border Counties Railway

BER Brechin and Edzell District Railway

BFL Bankfoot Light Railway

BHC Burntisland Harbour Commission

BLRS Bye-Laws and Regulations

BMEX Banff Macduff and Turriff Extension Railway

BNH Bo'ness Harbour Commission

BRB British Railways Board

BRW Bridge of Weir Railway

BTC British Transport Commission

BVR Blane Valley Railway

BWR Berwickshire Railway

CAC Clyde Ardrishaig and Crinan Railway

CAL Caledonian Railway

CCC Carlisle Canal Company

CCL Caledonian Canal

CCP Clyde Coast Pool

CCS Clyde and Campbeltown Shipping Company

CDD Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Junction Railway

CDF Castle Douglas and Dumfries Railway

CDR Cathcart District Railway

CERS Stock and Share Certificates

CGU City of Glasgow Union Railway

CJR Clydesdale Junction Railway

CLH Carlisle Langholm and Hawick Railway

CLI Carmyllie Light Railway

CMJ Crieff and Methven Junction Railway

COB Callander and Oban Railway

CRH Charleston Railway and Harbour Company

CRI Crinan Canal

CRJ Crieff Junction Railway

CSC Carlisle Citadel Station Committee

CSP Caledonian Steam Packet Co. Ltd.

CSR Carlisle and Silloth Bay Railway and Dock Company

DAJ Dundee and Arbroath Joint Line Committee

DAR Dundee and Arbroath Railway

DBJ Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Line Committee

DEE Deeside Railway

DEX Deeside Extension Railway

DGNS Deeside and G.N.S. Joint Committee

DKS Duke of Sutherland's Railway

DLR Dornoch Light Railway

DNR Dundee and Newtyle Railway

DPA Dundee and Perth and Aberdeen Railway Junction Company

DQR Dunfermline and Queensferry Railway

DSK Dingwall and Skye Railway

DUC Dunblane Doune and Callander Railway

DVA Devon Valley Railway

EDB Edinburgh and Bathgate Railway

EDL Edinburgh Loanhead and Roslin Railway

EDP Edinburgh Perth and Dundee Railway

EDR Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway

EFC East Fife Central Railway

EFR East of Fife Railway

EGR Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway

EGU Edinburgh and Glasgow Union Canal

EHD Edinburgh Haddington and Dunbar Railway

EHR Edinburgh and Hawick Railway

ELG Edinburgh Leith and Granton Railway

ENO Edinburgh and Northern Railway

EPR Edinburgh and Perth Direct Railway (Company's petition for an Act was rejected in 1846, 1847 and 1848. No records)

ESS Edinburgh Suburban and Southside Junction Railway

ESV Esk Valley Railway

EYR Eyemouth Railway

FBR Formartine and Buchan Railway

FCC Forth and Cart Junction Canal

FCJ Forth and Clyde Junction Railway

FCN Forth and Clyde Canal Navigation

FKR Fife and Kinross Railway

FOR Forth Bridge Railway

GAM Glasgow Airdrie and Monklands Junction Railway

GAR Greenock and Ayrshire Railway

GBH Glasgow Bothwell Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway

GBN Glasgow Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway

GCD Glasgow City and District Railway

GCL Glasgow Central Railway

GDH Glasgow Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway

GDU Glasgow Dumfries and Carlisle Railway

GENS General Information

GGC Glasgow Garnkirk and Coatbridge Railway

GGR Gifford and Garvald Railway

GHC Gourock Harbour Company

GHT Greenock Harbour Trust

GIP Girvan and Portpatrick Junction Railway

GKJ Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Line Committee

GLN Gleneagles Ltd.

GMJ Glasgow and Milngavie Junction Railway

GNI G.N.S. and Inverness & Aberdeen Joint Committee

GNM G.N.S. and Morayshire Joint Committee

GNS Great North of Scotland Railway

GPA Glasgow Paisley and Johnstone Canal

GPG Glasgow Paisley and Greenock Railway

GPJ Glasgow and Paisley Joint Line Committee

GPK Glasgow Paisley Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway

GRD Glasgow and Renfrew District Railway

GRW Greenock and Wemyss Bay Railway

GSP Galloway Saloon Steam Packet Company

GSR Glasgow South Suburban Railway

GSW Glasgow and South Western Railway

GTG General Terminus and Glasgow Harbour Railway

GYC Glasgow Yoker and Clydebank Railway

HMS Hamilton and Strathaven Railway

HOT Hotels Executive

HR Highland Railway

HRPS Historical Records, Papers, Notices, Forms and Circulars

IAJ Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway

IFA Invergarry and Fort Augustus Railway

INR Inverness and Nairn Railway

IPJ Inverness and Perth Junction Railway

IRCS International Railway Congress Association

IRCHS Irish Railway Clearing House

IRR Inverness and Ross-shire Railway

KBR Kilsyth and Bonnybridge Railway

KCD Kirkcaldy and District Railway

KDR Keith and Dufftown Railway

KIR Kirkcudbright Railway

KLN Killin Railway

KRR Kinross-shire Railway

KTR Kilmarnock and Troon Railway

KVR Kelvin Valley Railway

LAD Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway

LAR Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway

LASS Labour and Staff Matters

LCAS Law Cases and Arbitration

LEF Leven and East of Fife Railway

LEV Leven Railway

LHB Lesmahagow Branches (Caledonian Railway)

LIBS Library Books

LLD Leadburn Linton and Dolphinton Railway

LLR Lauder Light Railway

LMLN L.M.S.R. and L.N.E.R. Joint Committees

LMS London Midland and Scottish Railway

LNE London and North Eastern Railway

LR Leslie Railway

LSS Larne and Stranraer Steamship Joint Committee

MBR Montrose and Bervie Railway

MNK Monkland Railways

MOR Morayshire Railway

MPSS Maps, Plans and Surveys

MRSS Miscellaneous Returns and Statistics

MSC Midland and Scottish Conference

MTS Ministry of Transport

MYG Maybole and Girvan Railway

NBA North British Arbroath and Montrose Railway

NBR North British Railway

NBS North British Steam Packet Company

NHC Northumberland Central Railway

NMR North Monkland Railways

NNF Newburgh and North Fife Railway

NPR Newport Railway

PAM Perth Almond Valley and Methven Railway

PBD Paisley and Barrhead District Railway

PBH Paisley Barrhead and Hurlet Railway

PBR Peebles Railway

PCD Port Carlisle Dock and Railway Company

PCR Penicuik Railway

PDR Perth and Dunkeld Railway

PERS Periodicals

PGJ Portpatrick and Girvan Joint Committee

PNS Press Notices - B.R. (Scottish Region)

POR Portpatrick Railway

PRJ Prince's Dock Branch Joint Railway

PROSS Prospectuses and Relevant Documents

PRR Paisley and Renfrew Railway

PSH Perth Station Hotel Committee

PSJ Perth General Station Joint Committee

PWJ Portpatrick and Wigtownshire Joint Committee

PYB/S Parliamentary Bills and Evidence

RACS Reports and Accounts

RBS Rule Books and Appendices

RCS Royal Commissions

RCAS Railway Companies Association

RCHS Railway Clearing House

RECS Railway Executive Committee

REXS Railway Executive

RRTS Railway Rates Tribunal

RSAS Railway Students Association

RSR B.R. (Scottish Region)

SAF Strathendrick and Aberfoyle Railway

SBB Symington Biggar and Broughton Railway

SCS Select Committees

SCC Scottish Central Railway

SCM Scottish Midland Junction Railway

SGMS Shareholders' Guides and Manuals

SGR Selkirk and Galashiels Railway

SIB Silloth Bay Steam Navigation Company

SJR Solway Junction Railway

SLD Sutherland Railway

SLK Sealink (UK) Limited

SNE Scottish North Eastern Railway

SNR St. Andrews Railway

SPC Special Collections and Donations

SRA Slammannan Railway

STD Stirling and Dunfermline Railway

STJ Strathearn Junction Railway

STM Stirlingshire Midland Junction Railway

STY Strathspey Railway

SUBS Subscription Contracts and Original Railway Contracts

SUC Sutherland and Caithness Railway

TRTS Transport Tribunal

TTS Timetables and Relevant Notices

WBR Wansbeck Railway

WBS Williamson-Buchanan Steamers (1936) Ltd

WCC West Coast Conference

WEH West Highland Railway

WELS Welfare Societies, etc

WGT Wigtownshire Railway

WIC Wishaw and Coltness Railway

WIL Wilsontown Morningside and Coltness Railway

WLB Wick and Lybster Light Railway

WOF West of Fife Mineral Railway



1. Minutes and Reports

2. Stock and Share Registers etc.

3. Deeds, Agreements, Contracts, Specifications, Estimates, Plans

4. Miscellaneous Books and Records

5. Locomotive and Rolling Stock Records

6. Reports on Bills deposited in Parliament

7. Petitions and Memorials

8. Correspondence and Relevant Papers

9. Secretarial Papers

15. Staff Records

17. Statistics (Various)

18. Special Reports

19. Publications

23. Accountant's Records

24. Civil Engineer's Records

25. Estate and Rating Records

26. Solicitor's Records

30. Passenger and Goods Train Notices

31. Circulars

32. Marine Records

34. Property Records
Level Fonds
Format Text
Language English
Related record RHP140386
Archival history This catalogue relates to the Scottish historical records of British Railways Board which passed to the Secretary of State for Scotland in terms of Section 144 of the Transport Act, 1968, and which are now preserved in the National Records of Scotland (NRS), Edinburgh. The majority of these records were formerly housed in the British Transport Historical Records Department at 23 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh.

Records formerly at London and York are now held by the Public Record Office at Kew (now The National Archives), but some duplicate periodicals and other reference publications were transferred to the Library of the National Railway Museum, York.

On assuming control of the records in England in 1972, the Public Record Office decided to reclassify the records according to their own system. The allocation of numbers from London for common classes eg LMS, LNE accordingly ceased from 1 April 1972, and the NRS numbers run consecutively from that date in respect of records in Scotland.

National Records of Scotland, H.M. General Register House, 2 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3YY; tel +44 (0) 131 535 1314; email: [email protected]