Cambrian Railways, Time Table for Enginemen, Guards, &c. May, 1875 [booklet]


Cambrian Railways, Time Table for Enginemen, Guards, &c. May, 1875, paper booklet, 10.5”x 7.25” pp. 14. This contains not only timetables, but also the kind of information which would later appear in the “General Appendix to the Working Time Table” and the “Sectional Appendix”.


All the Cambrian lines then open are covered, but of course the Mid Wales Railway, not worked by the Cambrian until 1888 is not. Most of the Cambrian was single track, so a list of train staff stations, and the size/colour of the staffs themselves is included. Two pages are devoted to TRAIN STAFF REGULATIONS and LOADS OF ENGINES of various classes. There are only five pages devoted to time tables themselves, the remainder being given over to whistle codes at junctions, speed restrictions and local operating instructions.

This rare survival is an interesting document which sheds light on a little-studied period of railway operation. The pioneering days are over, more modern operating methods are beginning to appear, but there is a long way to go, and many painful lessons to be learned before anything like a modern system of safety will emerge.




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