Station Photograph


  1. Introduction
  2. How to use this register
  3. Explanation of codes used in the references
  4. Abbreviations and codes used in the station names
  5. Abbreviations and codes used in the references


The aim of this Register is to facilitate the location of published photographs of railway stations. I have included references to as many railway stations in Great Britain and Ireland, as I could find irrespective of the type of railway or its importance be it main line, industrial, narrow gauge, miniature, temporary, underground and so on. Furthermore, I have not excluded photographs of passenger station goods yards, goods stations or the sites of former stations.

Inevitably, many of the photographs are primarily locomotive studies. It has been necessary to use discretion here, particularly for stations that are photographed frequently, so that the photograph is only included because it illustrates interesting architectural features, trackwork on station approaches, station signal boxes, representative motive power or simply an evocative railway scene. For less common locations, all photographs are included.

Guidance on the quality and contents of each photograph has not been possible. Obviously, users of this Register will have many different interests and needs : a detailed study of a lamp or bench may be ideal for the modeller but disappointing to others - and, accordingly, users must realise that all references given may not be applicable to their own particular interests. Often the title of the book, or the series from which it was taken, is a reasonable guide to the content of the photograph eg. the Southern, LNER and Great Western Country Station series (Ian Allan) or the 'Historical Survey of Selected Stations' series (OPC) are excellent sources of architectural studies, whereas the 'Power of ...' series (OPC) are more concerned with motive power. Similarly, the station views in magazines such as RAIL and Motive Power Monthly often tend to be incidental to the main theme of the photograph.

The naming of railway stations has caused various problems. There are many instances of duplicated station names, due partly to the presence of more than one railway company in a particular town, and partly to the fact that some towns in different parts of the country share the same name. Thus earlier draft versions of this Register contained ambiguities, most of which are now hopefully removed. In such cases an identifier is included in the reference to name the county or railway company owning the station. As a result, some stations will be found under a name which no longer applies eg. photographs of Swindon (BR) are found under Swindon Junction (GW) even though Swindon Town (M&SWJt) was closed in 1961, since 'Swindon' on its own would be ambiguous. It is appreciated that this is inconvenient for research requiring photographs of a station at a particular stage in its history, when it may have had a different name, but ambiguity is an even greater inconvenience.

On some occasions, where confusion may arise, if a town previously had more than one station and British Rail no longer needs to use identifiers, a special entry is given to direct readers to the appropriate references; for example, [ Gloucester (BR) - see Gloucester Central ].

London stations are entered under their own name (eg. Euston); other towns with several stations are entered under the town name (eg. Manchester Victoria).

Station names beginning with 'East', etc., are entered under the first letter of the name (eg. East Croydon is under 'E') rather than the town, except in unusual circumstances.

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How to use the Register

Despite the amount of information presented in the Register, it should prove quite straight-forward to use. The station names are arranged in ascending alphabetical order with all except the London termini being listed under the name of the town. Each reference contains two parts : the station name and a code which identifies a page in magazine or book. For magazines, the code identifies the relevant issue or part number, whereas for books, the code is a pointer to the book sections of the Register from where the publisher, title, author, year of publication and ISBN number (where possible) may be obtained.

Notes on translating the various codes used are to be found in more detail later, but two examples may aid understanding:

(i) Market Weighton RM 196505 279 - is a reference to page 279 of the May 1965 issue of the Railway Magazine.
(ii) Pulborough 210019 92 - refers to page 92 of publication no. 210019 (which is : 'An Historical Survey of Great Western Railway Stations Volume 4', by C.R.Potts and published by OPC).

During compilation of this document, extensive use has been made of several books which are complementary to the Register:

    Directory of Railway Stations
    by R.V.J Butt, published by Patrick Stevens (1995) ISBN 1 8526 0508 1
    The Railway Clearing House Handbook of Railway Stations 1904 (Reprint)
    published by David & Charles (1970) ISBN 0 7153 5120 6
    The Railway Clearing House Railway Junction Diagrams 1915 (Reprint)
    published by David & Charles (1969) ISBN 0 7153 4347 5
    British Railways Pre-Grouping Atlas & Gazetteer (5th edition)
    by W.P.Conolly, published by Ian Allan (1976) ISBN 0 7110 0320 3
    Complete British Railways Maps & Gazetteer 1825-1985 (Revised)
    by C.J.Wignall, published by OPC (1985) ISBN 0 8609 3294 X
    Clinker's Register of Closed Railway Stations 1830-1980 (Reprint)
    by C.R.Clinker, published by Avon Anglia (1988) ISBN 0 9054 6691 8
    Atlas of the Great Western Railway 1947
    by R.A.Cooke, published by Wild Swan (1988) ISBN 0 9068 6765 7
    Jowett's Railway Atlas
    by Alan Jowett, published by Patrick Stevens (1989)
    Jowett's Railway Centres Volume 1
    by Alan Jowett, published by Patrick Stevens (1993) ISBN 1 8526 0420 4
    Jowett's Nationalised Railway Atlas
    by Alan Jowett, published by Atlantic (2000) ISBN 0 9068 9999 0
    Johnson's Atlas & Gazetteer of the Railways of Ireland
    by Stephen Johnson, published by Midland Publishing (1997) ISBN 1 8578 0044 3

It is recommended that, for ease of use, the Register is used in conjunction with a map/gazetteer.

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Explanation of codes used

Each entry in the Register consists of two parts : the station name and the reference. Each reference also contains two parts : the publication code and a page or plate number. Due to the large number of entries, abbreviations and codes have proved to be essential and these are now described in detail.

1. Abbreviations and codes used in the station names

(a) Station identifiers

In order to ensure that stations with the same, or similar, names are entered as unambiguously as possible, a distinguishing 'identifier' is often included. For example, to distinguish the stations called Stonehouse, identifiers are added to give:

    Stonehouse (Cal.)
    Stonehouse Burdett Rd (GW)
    Stonehouse Bristol Rd (Mid.)

Identifiers for joint stations, or those with shared facilities, usually only relate to one of the participating companies. For example, Whitchurch (LNW) gives no indication of Cambrian Railway involvement since that is not the purpose of the identifier - here the identifier is to distinguish Whitchurch in Shropshire from the Halts in Avon and Glamorganshire and the two Hampshire stations which also bear that name.

(b) Miscellaneous abbreviations

    St : Street
    St. : Saint
    Rd : Road

(Note that, despite being an abbreviation, wherever a station name contains 'St.' it appears in the alphabetic position as if the spelling was 'Saint'.)

Click here for a full list of abbreviated identifiers, such as those in the examples above.

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2. Abbreviations and codes used in the references

(a) Magazine codes

Magazine Code
British Railways Illustrated BRILL
British Railway Journal BRJ
Backtrack BT
Great Trains GT
Great Western Railway Journal GWRJ
History of Railways HR
Journal of Irish Railway Record Society JIRRS
Locomotives Illustrated LI
London Railway Record LLR
Midland Railway Review MIR
Modern Railways MR
Modern Railways Pictorial MRP
Modern Railways Pictorial Profile MRPP
Motive Power Monthly MPM
Narrow Gauge Times NGT
Narrow Gauge World NGW
Northern Rail Enthusiast NRE *
Rail (Rail Enthusiast) RAIL *
Rail Pictorial RP
Railway & Travel Monthly RTM
Railway Bylines RB
Railway Digest Scotland RDS
Railway Magazine RM
Railway Pictorial & Loco.Review RPLR *
Railway Reflections RR
Railway Photography & Video RPV
Railway World (Railways) RW *
Railways South East RSE
Standard Gauge Times SGT
Steam Alive (Trains Illustrated) SA
Steam Days SD
Steam Railway SR
Steam World SW
Trains Illustrated TI
Welsh Railways Archive WRA
World of Trains WT

Those magazines marked with an asterisk have undergone previous name changes but, for simplicity, a single code is used. Thus the code RW is used throughout the Register to denote 'Railway World' and this includes the period prior to September 1952 when it was called 'Railways'. Similarly, the code NRE has been used throughout to cover the evolution of Northern Railways from 'North West Railway Enthusiast' (volume 1.1 (Oct.1981) to volume 2.5 (March 1983)) through 'Northern Railway Enthusiast' (volume 2.6 (April 1983) to volume 3.8 (June/July 1984)); and RAIL is used throughout to denote both 'Rail' and its predecessor 'Rail Enthusiast'.

Click here to see a list of all the magazines that have been used.

The magazine code is followed by a reference to the magazine issue. For monthly magazines this is a six-figure code, the first four numbers for the year and the last two for the month (eg.195605 is the code for May 1956). For other magazines the code is the issue number. [Example : TI 195712 refers to Trains Illustrated (1st series) December 1957, whereas TI 25 refers to Trains Illustrated (2nd series) issue number 25.]

'Rail Enthusiast' first appeared on a bi-monthly basis in 1981. In 1982, publication became monthly and then fortnightly in 1989. The fortnightly publication of 'Rail' has created a problem with this method of classification. However, since issue 50 (November 1985), the issue number has been clearly shown on the cover and therefore, the problem has been solved by referencing 'Rail' magazines since number 50 by the issue number rather than the month. Issue numbers have not been used throughout for 'Rail' because they cannot be readily found on issues prior to November 1985. Thus an early, unnumbered issue is shown as, for example, RAIL 198112, and a later issue will be referenced as, for example, RAIL 72.

'Steam Days' was initially numbered but with the October 1991 issue (number 26), it became a monthly magazine and issues from then on are referenced using the date rather than the issue number. Similarly, "Steam World" and "Steam Railway", from the January 1991 issues onwards, are referenced using the date rather than issue number (numbers 43 and 129 respectively), that is:

SD 25 - the last issue referenced by number
SD 26 becomes SD 199110 - the first issue referenced by date

SW 42 - the last issue referenced by number
SW 43 becomes SW 199101 - the first issue referenced by date

SR 128 - the last issue referenced by number
SR 129 becomes SR 199101 - the first issue referenced by date

For those who have bound volumes, the issue number will not be immediately obvious and the following table may prove of use:

Year RAIL Steam Railway Steam World Steam Days
1979 <not published> 1-3 <not published> <not published>
1980 <not published> 4-9 <not published> <not published>
1981 1-5 10-20 1-9 <not published>
1982 6-15 21-32 10-21 <not published>
1983 16-27 33-44 22-32 <not published>
1984 28-39 45-56 <not published> <not published>
1985 40-51 57-68 <not published> <not published>
1986 52-63 69-80 <not published> 1-3
1987 64-75 81-92 <not published> 4-7
1988 76-87 93-104 <not published> 8-11
1989 88-111 105-116 <not published> 12-15
1990 112-137 117-128 33-42 16-21
1991 129-140 43-54 22-28

In all cases the issue code is followed by the page number. (For example, Addison Rd RM 194107 319 means that there is a photograph of Addison Road station in the July 1941 issue of Railway Magazine on page 319.)

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(b) Publishers codes

Where the reference is to a book rather than a magazine, it consists of a six-figure number, the first part of which indicates the publisher and the last part indicates the title. The title of the book and the publisher can be found by looking up the number in the list of book codes. The publishers are listed in a very approximate order of importance since, in earlier versions which treated all publishers equally, I very quickly ran out of code numbers! Thus the four digit codes 0001 to 0999 are used for publishers which have upto 100 relevant books on their lists, three digit codes 100 to 199 allow for up to 1000 books per publisher and the larger railway publishers have a two digit code in the range 20 to 99 to allow for 10000 books each. Some anomalies are now evident but, with luck, this arrangement should provide sufficient codes for the foreseeable future.

Click here to see a list of all the publishers' names.

The part of the code which specifies the actual book consists of 2, 3 or 4 digits depending on the publisher, as indicated above. Some examples may be useful :

004402 - publisher code 0044, book code 02 (ie. Cheshire Libraries, "Memories of North Staffs.Rly")
105004 - publisher code 105, book code 004 (ie. Atlantic Publishers, "Branch Line Memories Vol.3")
210101 - publisher code 21, book code 0101 (ie. Oxford Publishing Co., "LNWR Recalled")

The publication code is followed by:
a) the page number of the photograph; or,
b) the number of the photograph or plate (if there are no page numbers); or,
c) the photograph page number (if page numbers and plate numbers are both missing ).

A page number is entered simply as the number; a photograph number is prefixed with *; and a photograph page number is prefixed with a 'p'. Thus,

12 indicates page number 12
*12 indicates photograph (plate) number 12
p12 indicates (un-numbered) photograph page 12


References of the third type are the most inconvenient since they can only be found by actually counting the photograph pages.

Click here for a full list of publisher codes and book references.

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(c) Photographic Collections

References to some of the commercially-available photographic collections have been included and it is from sources such as these that photographs of the more obscure stations are often likely to be found.

The prefix used to denote photographic collections is PC/... and the actual collection can be identified by adding a sequence of letters. The list of photographic collections currently referenced is:

Prefix Collection
PC/ACI Andrew C.Ingram
PC/BM Brian Miller
PC/DJ D.K.Jones
PC/FD Frank Dean
PC/HD Hugh Davies
PC/Hey Heyday
PC/Joanes Joanes
PC/Mowat Mowat
PC/Pam Pamlin
PC/PM Photomatic
PC/RT Rokeby-Thompson
PC/SD Steve Davies

(Few of these collections are referenced in full.)

These photographic collections are frequently advertised in the Classified Adverts section of several railway magazines and I have therefore not included contact addresses since the distributors may not wish their addresses to be published in this way.

Note that since compiling the register, the Rokeby-Thompson collection, which was distributed by Robert Humm, has now been sold and is marketed as 'Stations U.K.'

There are several other major collections of railway station photographs which could possibly be included in future editions of this register. Of course, anyone else is welcome to provide details of their own commercially available photographic collections. The more the merrier!

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(d) Suffixes to the page numbers

A suffix is sometimes added to the page number after the magazine or publisher code. The possible suffixes are:

A : Illustrated article
+ : A series of photographs starting on the page given

The A suffix is used to denote a reference to a photographic rather than textual article. The + suffix is used when a station features in a range of consecutive pages (or photgraphs) but space does not permit the precise range to be specified. For example,

[Abbotsbury 210049 Pt.2 cover, 9-30] has become [Abbotsbury 210049 Pt.2 cover, 9+].

If there are several photographs of the station in the issue but the spread of page numbers makes it impossible to list them all, then the word 'various' is used. For example,

[Nottingham Victoria 210106 33,57,58,82,89,94,95,112,116,123,139,146-148] has become [Nottingham Victoria 210106 various].

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Disclaimer : This information is given in good faith in the belief that it is correct. I accept no responsibility for circumstances arising from its use.

2002 Clive Williams