General Railway Workers' Union

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minutes, 1900-13; balance sheets, 1895-1913; rule books, 1909-13; reports, 1896-1910; Railway Express, 1890-2; fusion agreement, 1913.

Administrative / Biographical History

The General Railway Workers' Union was founded in 1890 and amalgamated with the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales and the United Pointsmen's and Signalmen's Society in 1913 to form the National Union of Railwaymen.

The membership of the General Railway Workers' Union appears to have been concentrated in the railway workshops and amongst railwaymen engaged in handling goods traffic.

Reference: P.S. Bagwell, The railwaymen. History of the National Union of Railwaymen.George Allen and Unwin, 1963 and P.S. Bagwell, The railwaymen. Volume 2 : Beeching era and after.George Allen and Unwin, 1982.

Conditions Governing Access


Archivist's Note

In addition to the records held at the Centre, Warwick University Library has acquired certain publications from the former Board of Trade Library. These comprise : annual congress reports, 1896-8; branch balance sheets and financial statements, 1895-8 and 1900-13; and General Secretary's report, 1902.

An authority file exists for this corporate body (GB 152 AAR1032).

Custodial History

The papers form part of the archive of the National Union of Railwaymen. The initial deposit relating to this archive was made in April 1976 and accruals are listed under the entry for the National Union of Railwaymen (MSS.127/NU) .