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Working Timetables & etc.

The working timetables listed all scheduled trains. On BR(S) passenger trains (including empty coaching stock) and freight trains were separate. Both included light engine movements. They were issued annually in multiple sections, separated by district and sometimes main and suburban lines.

At the end of the freight timetable were special marshalling instructions for certain trains, for example what order the wagons had to be sorted into - the default was station order with the nearest at the front. It specified any road vans, or NPCS stock attached to a freight train, or separation of fitted and unfitted stock in the train.

The 'Carriage Working Notices', issued periodically by division, gave the make-up of every passenger train. For example, the 9.56 am starting at Okehampton for Bude and Padstow was made up of (in order):

Padstow 1 PMV(4) MX } 7:35 am Exeter Central MP 8:40
  1 BY MX }      
  2 Set (P) } 8:20 am Launceston FP 9:17 am
Bude 2-set (P) }      
  1 SK FO (2/9 only)   7.26 am Plymouth North Road RP 8:51 am

The first two vans came from the 7:35 am departure from Exeter Central arriving 8:40, the two 2-sets of carriages from the 8.20 departure from Launceston due to arrive at 9:17, and on 2/9 only an SK from the 7:26 from Plymouth.

PMV4 is a 4-wheel PMV, 2-set (P) is a two coach set type P. These are all listed and explained in the 'Appendix to Carriage Working Notices', which gives the running numbers of the carriages in each set, and the district or service to which they were allocated.

The final important document is the Engine Workings, issued by district and grouped by main depots. Each engine duty gives the type of engine, for example 4P/5F (N Class), and lists each train to be worked including light engine moves. It gives times on shed and times allocated to shunting. The document has crew details and crew changes.

Not all trains were in the working timetable, there were specials and engineers trains as well. These would normally appear in a 'Special Traffic Notice', typically issued weekly. Relief trains might only be decided on the day, so would not be listed anywhere.

There is an extensive collection of working timetables, carriage working notices, and engine working notices in the files section of the SREmG e-mail group on You will have to join the email group to be able to download these, though you can choose not to receive any emails.

Examples of a WTT from summer 1964, a Carriage Working Notice (Waterloo, 1955) and an Engine Working Notice (1951 Duty Nº605):


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