Supplied by Great Eastern Railway Society.
Summaries of Minutes
For over 35 years, members of our Society have been visiting the Public Record Office (now the National Archives). There they have made summaries of the contents of many of the Minute Books of the Great Eastern Railway and of the Eastern Counties Railway (one of its main predecessors).
Until recently these summaries necessarily took the form of pencilled notes, and a volunteer team of around thirty members have since typed them all up so they could be issued in digital form.
As well as the complete Board Minutes, other committees include what they called Way and Works (the infrastructure – track and buildings), the Traffic Committee and the Locomotive Committee.
All are provided as both Acrobat and rich text format files, and are fully word-searchable. Ordinary workers featured by name only occasionally, usually because of some accident which had befallen them or some misdeed on their part!
All CDs include information about weights, measures and currency of the period; a table enables you to convert sums of money into their rough present-day equivalents. They also have information of other East Anglian railway material held at Kew, plus a first-timer’s guide to what to expect if you pay a visit there.