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Product details

  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press; 2nd edition (1 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750950587
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750950589
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 994,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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invaluable to family and railway historians --Heritage Railways, 18th Feb 2010

About the Author

David Hawkings is alecturer on family history and the author of "Criminal Ancestors: a Guide to Historical Criminal Records in England and Wales.""

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I am tracing my grandfather's history of forty years working for the railways. This book was recommended by the staff at the National Railway Museum, York. It certainly did guide me on where I should be looking and helped me to find much needed records. I am not a railway buff but I was astonished by how much detail is contained in this book and by how many railway companies existed in the past. Best quote? It has to be, "the injured man's colleagues clubbed together to buy him a new cork leg"!
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Gives a great overview of the main railway records in the RAIL class and some other local holdings.

This covers records not on Ancestry.com or the FindMyPast websites and explains why your Ancestor is not there.

Since it was published FindMyPast have released the Union Membership records which give which railway company those listed work for.

A great reseourse for Family Historians and some intriging records for railway modellers as well as lists all the England and Walesd Railway Companies and their personel records including accident reports.

Does not Cover Scotland or Ireland or Isle of Man so be warned.

Simon Martin is an AGRA Member.
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An excellent reference book if trying to obtain information to an individual who once worked on the railways. David Hawkings has delved deeply into
the subject and has referenced every railway company's records held over the years. It will make life much easier to find references to records held at source. An incredible piece of workmanship.
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great book i"ll spend many hours in the cave......
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HASH(0x91296e58) out of 5 stars Great summaries of records for railway employee ancestors 2 Dec. 2012
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Does not include much info on laborers or those working on building railways, but comprehensive coverage for railway employees. It really needs a DVD or locality (city) index so you can search for probable employers based on location.
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