Railway Abbreviations

Jim Connor Collection - Ivison Andrew - Homerton exterior NLR Railway
Photo: Jim Connor Collection – Homerton Exterior


Early railways loved long names, the North London Railway started as the East and West India Docks and Birmingham Junction Railway before seeing sense, so, alas, it is time to learn some abbreviations.

Railway Names

Initial letters, with ampersands and often with the final R omitted, eg, LNW for London & North Western Railway
EWIDBJ East and West India Docks and Birmingham Junction Railway
GE Great Eastern Railway
GN Great Northern Railway
GW Great Western Railway
HJR Hampstead Junction Railway
LNW London and North Western Railway
LSW London and South Western Railway
LTS London Tilbury and Southend Railway
Mid Midland Railway
NLR If you have read this far and do not know what it means I suggest that you give up here and now!
NSWJ North and South West Junction Railway
Other abbreviations which have crept in
ASLEF Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen
ASRS Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants
E&OE Errors and omissions excepted
£ s d Pre-decimal pounds, shillings and pence. Mostly used separately
LMA London Metropolitan Archives
Loco Locomotive
MRC Modern Records Centre, Warwick University. ARSR and NUR members registers; sources starting MSS
NDCC Northumberland and Durham Coal Company
NLRHS NLR Historical Society
NRM National Railway Museum
NUR National Union Railwaymen
RCH Railway Clearing House
RCSSFA Railway Clearing System Superannuation Fund Association
RTD Returned to duty, eg, after sick leave
Supt Superintendent
TNA The National Archives

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