General Railway Workers' Union

Scope and Content

Includes: rule books, 1909-[1913]; minutes, 1900-1913; balance sheets of branches and financial statements, 1895-1913; 'The Railway Express', 1890-2; photocopies of Brighton branch minutes, 1901-8.

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).

Access Information

This collection is available to researchers by appointment at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick. See

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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).