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Index - Selected Pre Grouping and Joint Companies

Note: The following sections contain brief notes on various pre grouping (pre-1923) companies and the three main jointly operated companies with a summary of their freight livery. These notes were intended to allow modelling of a few goods vehicles from 'foreign' companies to pre-grouping and early Big Four layouts. Where sources of additional information on individual companies are known the details are included in the relevant sub section. The sketches are all ideas I had for models which might be made in British N Gauge either from kits or by 'kit bashing' and several models have been made.

A great deal of information regarding the pre-grouping railways has been lost over the years however there are several associations and study groups working to piece together the history of these lines These groups offer their membership a great deal of highly detailed information on their respective companies In the following pages I have, where possible, included contact details for such associations.

Joint Companies

Introductory Notes

Cheshire Lines Committee

Midland & Great Northern

Somerset & Dorset Joint Rly.

Caledonian Railway

Furness Railway

Glasgow &South Western Railway

Garsatang &Knott End Railway

Highland Railway.

Lancashire &Yorkshire Railway

London &North Western Railway

London Tillbury and Southend Railway

Midland Railway

North Staffordshire Railway


Great Central Railway

Great Eastern Railway

Great North of Scotland Railway

Great Northern Railway

Hull & Barnsley Railway

North British Railway

North Eastern Railway


Great Western Railway

Brecon &Merthyr Tydfil Junction Railway

Burry Port &Gwendraeth Valley Railway

Barry Railway

Cambrian Railways

The Cardiff Railway

Midland &South Western Junction Railway

Rhondda &Swansea Bay Railway

Rhymney Railway

Taff Vale Rly


London Brighton and South Coast Railway

London and South Western Railway

South East &Chatham Railway

Plymouth Devonport &South Western Junction Railway

The Metropolitan Railway

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