WORKING TIME TABLES OF THE STEAM ERA
Over time, I have amassed a collection of steam era working time tables and similar operating documents. After talking with friends and enthusiasts in some of the Railway Societies to which I belong, I started scanning a few so that they could have copies. The results rather impressed them and I have been asked for more and also for hard copies. The result is a growing collection of time tables and other operating documents from my collection, from the early 1950s. I do have many others in my collection but it takes time for me to scan them in, digitally clean them up and create the printable document.
After a little searching, I was able to find a similar grade of paper to that used in the originals and this has allowed me to produce a document with an authentic look. I scan each document and work through page by page, cleaning up any blemishes and removing the various scribbles that can appear on used railway documents. Hopefully, you will agree that they are worth the effort put into them. After speaking to a number of people, and gaining permission to copy them, it was decided the only change needed was to alter the cover pages to add a copyright notice and a note that the documents are copies. It was agreed that without this they could be passed off as originals, particularly if they fade in a few years time. Given the trading price of original timetables, this wouldn't be fair!
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Please note; copyright for the original documents resided with the BRB (Residuary) Ltd. until it was abolished in March 2013, whereupon copyright transferred to the Crown. BRB (Residuary) Ltd. gave the following permission to reproduce them:
"The Board has no objection to copies of these documents being made in paper form so long as they are for private information or for non-commercial enthusiast or railway club purposes and are not sold or lent for any payment other than to cover copying or transmission costs."
As such, I have set my prices to cover production costs, PayPal charges and postage. Please note, they should also not be resold or traded for profit.
items are now available:
Western Region Notice regarding Transfer Trains at Bristol (Summer 1953),
Southern Region (Western District) Locomotive & Crew workings (Summer 1953),
Scottish Region Arrival & Departures book for Edinburgh, Princes Street (Winter 1952),
London Midland Region Trip Working Notice, Chester District (Winter 1951),
London Midland Region Trip Working Notice, Chester District (Winter 1953),
London Midland Region Locomotive & Crew Workings for Newton Heath (Winter 1953), and
London Midland Region Locomotive & Crew Workings for Willesden (Summer 1951).
Full details and sample pages are on the relevant Regionís "What's availableĒ pages (see links below).
Also, seven new notices have been added to the free download area; one for the M&GN lines, one for the London Midland Region and the rest for the Western Region.
I have completely revised the download area. I had previously kept a number of small items on the sales list but I found that I can count the sales of them on one hand! This doesnít justify the effort of creating the printed copies. However, since they are still of interest, I have decided to place them in the download area as fully printable PDFs. They may not be cleaned up as well as my reprinted documents but itís the information thatís important. The smaller documents have been removed from the sales list.
I still have a large number of these notices and I plan to scan them in over time and place them in the download area for you.
The download area can be accessed from this link: >>>†† Free download page† <<
generally based on the number of pages in the document, subject to a couple of
I have found that documents of approximately 400 pages or more tend to weigh over 750g and they have to be sent by Royal Small Parcel service which is more expensive.
The other exception is for smaller documents of up to 15 pages. Since they weigh so little, if such a document is part of an order containing time tables, the price of each small document will be reduced by £1.
The number of pages and prices are listed in the "What's Available" indices listed below.
Please note, I accept payment via PayPal only (see "Ordering" below). Also, at this time, I am posting to UK addresses only via Royal Mail large letter / packet service. If I get a demand for non-UK addresses I may consider adding this in but not at the moment.
Postage costs are included in the prices, except in the case of smaller documents, as explained above.
IMPORTANT: I have removed the ordering links on the index pages. After speaking to a number of customers who have had problems ordering it appears that those of you who are less computer savvy do not realise that they will not work if you are using a Web-based E-Mail service. So, until I find time to add some kind of ordering software, just send an E-Mail to email@example.com listing the documents you require, preferably using the order codes for the document(s) you want.
As soon as I am ready to dispatch your order, you will receive an E-Mail request for payment via PayPal that will include a link to use to open the secure PayPal payment window. Please note that I have had a small number of orders where customers have not received their E-Mail from PayPal with the link to my invoice. After investigating it appears that some E-Mail servers regard PayPal as junk mail (Spam) and intercept it. Each E-Mail server handles it differently so I now E-Mail you after I send out the invoice to let you know it has been sent. If you don't receive the invoice, check your E-Mail client to see how junk mail is handled and see if it is there. Or, if you have your own PayPal account, log on and the invoice should be there waiting for you. If you still can't find it, let me know and I'll send out a reminder; for some reason these get through! Also, please check your invoice to be sure I have understood your order and the correct items are listed.
Up until this point, you may cancel your order without any problems. As soon as I receive confirmation from PayPal that payment has been made, I will assemble your order and send it out to you. Please do NOT include credit / debit card details on your order as I cannot process them; wait for the PayPal payment request.
Your personal contact details will not be disclosed to anyone else. If you ask, I can retain your E-Mail address and send out reminders whenever I add a new document to the series but under no other circumstances will I contact you.
I keep a small stock of most documents ready to be sent out. This should allow me to dispatch an order within a day or so of receiving payment. However, if I get inundated with orders, return of orders will slow down, as will scanning in new time tables - this is not a business: I only do this as a hobby. Return of orders may take a week or two if I have to print up fresh copies. If this occurs I will acknowledge your order as soon as I can, print the documents and then request payment when I'm ready to send out your order so I would ask you to bear with me and please be patient !
Please click on the links below to see what is available for that region. Please forgive me if I have tended towards the Eastern side of the country. That is my interest and the reason I started scanning the time tables. I do have time tables from the other regions and I now move around the regions whenever I add a new item to the collection. Most items have a small PDF giving a sample of the document. In particular it will show the document index and any map provided, plus a sample page, to help you decide if it is right for you.
To give you an idea what will be coming in future, I have catalogued my collection of 1953 timetables and similar documents. I will work my way through them one by one and add them to the sales list over time and, once done, I'll start on those from other years. To see the catalogue, please click this link. If there is anything you would particularly like me to do, drop me a line and I will see if I can move it up the queue: I donít have any particular process for choosing them, other than working region by region, and if demand for an item is high I can bump it up the list.
Many thanks for looking.
Brian, WTT Reprints.