Archive Catalogue

A fully searchable Archive Catalogue is under development and will appear here shortly.  Until this development is complete, the full CRA Archive Catalogue is available as a PDF.


Archive Catalogue Structure

The Catalogue has been constructed to provide an easy-to-use guide to the records held in the CRA Archive Collection. It attempts to avoid jargon and misleading or confusing terms and unnecessary abbreviations. The few abbreviations that are used are explained below or in the heading of the section they specifically refer to.

Every item in the collection carries a prefix CRA and to catalogue every item held in the Archive a series of levels of subdivision have been used, with each level separated by a /. The first two levels are set out on the Archive Catalogue page, which sets out the overview of the collection. This will give you a general idea of where to begin to look for the material you wish to find, or give you an idea of where you might prefer to browse.

Level 3 is the Main Catalogue listing for each of these subsections e.g. CRA3/1 Timetables:

CRA3/1/1 Public Timetables and Information
CRA3/1/2 Working Timetables
CRA3/1/3 Combined Bound Volumes
CRA3/1/4 Appendices to Timetables
CRA3/1/5 Mineral Timetables
CRA3/1/6 Timetable Posters

Level 4 lists individual items within the above subdivisions.

Detailed Item Listings for certain parts of the archive form the final level of subdivision, when there are so many items held under one number that it would be totally unwieldy to list every single individual record in the catalogue. These Detailed Item Listings are indicated as blue hyperlinks, this is especially relevant for drawings/plans and photographs, (clicking on this hyperlink will open the Detailed Item list).

Detailed Item Listings formats are also utilised for tabulations generated as part of the ongoing research – Accidents (CRA3/6/1); Staff database (CRA5/2/2); Historical Publication Articles (CRA9/2).

The Archive is broadly split according to type of item; sections 2-5 documents; section 6 plans; section 7 photographs; section 8 maps; section 9 published materials. Sometimes items related to one subject may be held in different places within the catalogue; for example, if there is a particular station you are interested in it may be best to start at CRA/3/10 Station Paperwork, and then possibly find the drawings for the station under CRA/6/2 and photographs under CRA/7/4.

Every heading in the catalogue has an archival number and, if necessary, a brief description of the types of material you can find within it. Each entry into the catalogue consists of an Archival Number, a Description and a Date. The Detailed Item Listings also include additional fields such as Location, Drawing Number, etc.

In the description there are occasionally abbreviations in bold font. Their presence by a catalogued item indicates that the record was created by that railway company, and not by the Caledonian Railway. The main examples are:

LMS London Midland & Scottish Railways BR British Railways
SNER Scottish North Eastern Railway SCR Scottish Central Railway
GSWR Glasgow & South Western Railway NBR North British Railway
HR Highland Railway RCH Railway Clearing House

Also in the description there may be text in italic font. These notes relate to the format of the record, or where it has come from. CD means the item is on CD Rom, copy indicates that the item is a modern photocopy of the original. Other italicised text is notes added by the catalogue compiler as background information to assist the researcher, e.g. poor quality image.

Occasionally there is another reference number [in bold] - this indicates that the item is a copy of an item held elsewhere, most likely at the National Archives of Scotland.

Sometimes one reference number is used for multiple items. This is indicated by a note after the description in the catalogue.

Items which are held as digital file and those having a digital copy in the Archive are indicated {DI}


Title: Caledonian Railway Association Archive

Reference: CRA

Dates of creation:1840 – date

Extent: 22 metres

Name of creator: Caledonian Railway Association (railway association: 1983-: Glasgow, Scotland)

Administrative history:

The Caledonian Railway Association (CRA) was established 1983 to promote the study, acquisition and preservation of information, documents, illustrations and artefacts relating to the Caledonian Railway, its constituents and successor companies and to facilitate research into the history of the Company, by fostering the collation and dissemination of the information collected.

The CRA publishes a quarterly Journal The True Line (free to members) and hosts talks in Glasgow on first Saturday of October, November, December and February. Membership is open to all and the membership year is from 1st May.

The Caledonian Railway Company, Scotland, was incorporated by the Caledonian Railway Act of 1845. The line provided a service from Carlisle, England, to Glasgow, Edinburgh and Greenhill (near Castlecary), Scotland.

The first section of the railway between Carlisle and Beattock, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland, was opened in 1847. The line was completed to Glasgow and Edinburgh, along with line to Castlecary, Stirlingshire in 1848 where it joined the Scottish Central Railway. The line to Glasgow utilised the earlier railways Glasgow, Garnkirk & Coatbridge, and the Wishaw & Coltness, which it purchased in 1846 and 1849 respectively.

Scope and content:

The Archive has been brought together by the Caledonian Railway Association.  The records catalogued under reference CRA1 were created by the Association in the course of its business.

The remainder of the Archive encompasses the records of the Caledonian Railway Company, its constituent (including the Canals, Docks and Steamers companies), its successor companies and records of other organisations and individuals which relate to the history of the Caledonian Company.

The Archive encompasses:

  •  Records of the Caledonian Railway Association
  •  Records relating to the Caledonian Railway Company:
  •  Company Records, including Acts of Parliament establishing railway companies, 1830-1927
  •  Operating Records, including timetables, notices and circulars, 1840-1974
  •  Promotional Records, 1850s-1940s
  •  Staff Records, 1890-1939
  •  Drawings and Plans of locomotives, rolling  stock, railway lines, stations and property
  •  Photographs of locomotives, rolling stock, stations and property, and staff
  •  Maps of railways and canals, 1846-1967
  •  Publications relating to railway history, 1861- 2012

Conditions governing access:

All records open with the exception of CRA1/1, CRA1/2, CRA1/3 and CRA1/4.  Access to these series with the permission of the CRA Committee.

Conditions governing use:

Requests to publish or reproduce records for a commercial purpose must be referred to the Caledonian Railway Association

Archival history:

Managed by the Caledonian Railway Association; stored at Glasgow University Archive Services

Immediate source of acquisition:

Initial deposit from J.D. MacIntosh, Chairman, Caledonian Railway Association; further deposits from T. McGhie, D. Blevins, Archivists, Caledonian Railway Association.

Details of individual deposits of records to the Caledonian Railway Association can be found in the Register of Donations (ref: CRA1/4/1).

System of arrangement:

The Records of the Caledonian Railway Association are arranged into series in line with its functions.

The records relating to the Caledonian Railway Company are arranged into artificial series in line with administrative functions generally in chronological order, with the exception of the Drawings and Plans, Photographs and Maps series, which are arranged by record type.

Author:

Dave Luck, CRA Cataloguing Assistant (Placement), Glasgow University Archive Services, David Blevins, Archivist. (updated by Jim MacIntosh)

Date(s) of descriptions: December 2010, updated June 2011, May 2012 and June 2013

 

Archive Catalogue – Main Section Headings

CRA1

RECORDS OF THE CALEDONIAN RAILWAY ASSOCIATION

 

CRA1/1

Constitution and formal papers, including charity registration

 

CRA1/2

Minutes of AGM and Committee

 

CRA1/3

Annual Accounts and Financial Records

 

CRA1/4

Collection Listings

 

CRA1/5

The True Line, Journal of the Caledonian Railway Association

 

CRA1/6

Reprints of Company Documents (available for purchase)

 

CRA1/7

CRA Publications

 

CRA1/8

Reference Books, CRA Library

 

CRA1/9

Digital Back-up of Records and Catalogue Files

 

 

                          RECORDS OF THE CALEDONIAN RAILWAY Company                  

CRA2

COMPANY RECORDS

 

CRA2/1

Legislation

 

CRA2/2

Legal Records

 

CRA2/3

Records of Executive Management

 

CRA2/4

Financial Records

 

 

CRA3

OPERATING RECORDS

 

CRA3/1

Timetables

 

CRA3/2

Special Notices and Alterations to Timetables

 

CRA3/3

Operating Rules and Regulations

 

CRA3/4

Rolling Stock Construction and Maintenance

 

CRA3/5

Operational Paperwork

 

CRA3/6

Accidents

 

CRA3/7

Line and Rail Engineering

 

CRA3/8

Station Paperwork

 

CRA3/9

Staff Circulars/Notices

 

CRA3/10

Canals, Docks and Steamers

 

 

CRA4

PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL

 

CRA4/1

Guide Books and Tourist Maps (including Steamers)

 

CRA4/2

Postcards

 

 

CRA5

STAFF RECORDS

CRA5/1

Official Records

 

CRA5/2

Biographical Notes (including photos of individuals)

 

CRA5/3

Photographs of Staff Groups

 

 

CRA6

DRAWINGS AND PLANS

CRA6/1

Rolling Stock

 

CRA6/2

Buildings, including Piers

 

CRA6/3

Track Plans and Layout Diagrams

 

CRA6/4

Bridges and Infrastructure

 

CRA6/5

Permanent Way

 

CRA6/6

Signalling Layouts and Signal Boxes

 

CRA6/7

Canals and Docks

 

CRA6/8

Drawings on CD (as referenced in lists 1 to 6 above)

 

 

CRA7

PHOTOGRAPHS

CRA7/1

Rolling Stock

 

CRA7/2

Stations and Buildings

 

CRA7/3

Bridges and Infrastructure

 

CRA7/4

Signals

 

CRA7/5

Official Event Photographs

 

CRA7/6

Caledonian Steam Packet Co  Steamers

 

CRA7/7

Canals and Docks

 

 

CRA8

MAPS

CRA8/1

Caledonian Company Maps of Railways, Canals, Property

 

CRA8/2

Ordnance Survey Maps with Caledonian Railways, Canals and Property

 

CRA8/3

Railway Clearing House Maps, Junctions Diagrams, Instructions and Publications

 

 

CRA9

PUBLICATIONS

CRA9/1

Contemporary General Railway, Business Publications

 

CRA9/2

Journal,  Newspaper and Magazine Reports and Extracts

 

CRA9/3

Resource Packs, Information Portfolios

 

The primary sort sequence in each catalogue section is the date of origin, which may result in the Archival Reference Numbers being out of sequence. However this does not apply to sections CRA6 Drawings and CRA7 Photographs.

Certain items within the Archive have been reproduced/reprinted and are available for purchase. These are listed in CRA1/6 and referenced to the original in the form [CRA3/1/2/1]. Within the main catalogue listing the availability of a reproduction copy is indicated in the format Sale item CRA1/6/1.

 

The full CRA Archive Catalogue is available as a PDF. Alternatively visit each of the nine primary sections by clicking on the links above; this will give further direct access to the detailed lists referred to in each section of the catalogue.

 

The Archive Collection has been put together by past and present enthusiasts who are members of the Caledonian Railway Association (CRA). It consists of records that have been donated to and bought by the CRA, and the CRA Committee will consider any donations depending upon the suitability and relevancy of the material.

  The Association is keen to acquire further additions, and new items as donations or acquisitions will be most welcome.  

 We would also make a plea to all those who rescued records, photographs or drawings, as the old railway organisations were dismantled, to reconsider if these items are best stored in your loft, cellar, or even below the bed. Can the Association or the University Archive staff help you secure a safe and long term storage option for your treasures?