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- Cheshire and Chester Archives holds 17 staff registers of 4
former railway companies:
- Cambrian Railway
- Great Western Railway
- London and North Western Railway
- London and North Western and Great Western Joint Railway
The registers cover staff working over a large area of the North
West including western Cheshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire and nine
counties in North and mid Wales. They do not include stations in
the east of Cheshire, although
a database of the Crewe works registers deposited at the
Cheshire Record Office is now available. Further advice on the
location of railway staff records can be found on the
The registers provide a summary of an employee’s career, the
actual details varying slightly between registers. The registers
cover the period c. 1869 when the first register was compiled, to c
1950 although no one company’s registers cover this whole
Job grades included are administrative and station-operating
staff - superintendents, clerks, agents, station masters, porters,
ticket examiners, left-luggage office staff and signalmen. Seamen
working on the river Mersey at Birkenhead as masters, mates and
firemen and women working mainly as waiting room attendants,
gatekeepers and cleaners are included.
Engine drivers and stokers (firemen) belonged to different
departments and are not included in these registers. The index
contains around 25,000 entries.
It contains these fields:
- Employee’s name - This is entered as Smith, John
- Location - Usually the station
- Job Grade
- Date of appointment - This date is usually the start of
service, not necessarily the date of promotion.
- Volume - The reference number of the volume containing the
There is usually more information in the register and copies can
be ordered via the Search and Shop page.
Please quote the volume number and page and include your payment
with any order.