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Trams, buses and TGVs – drawings from the GEC archives

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For the past seven months I have been cataloguing the GEC Traction archive – the most extensive collection held at the National Railway Museum. Included in the collection are thousands of drawings, which I have just finished cataloguing. There are 1013 boxes and folders; within the boxes are 824 separate drawing rolls ranging from 1 to 250 drawings per roll.

There are a huge variety of drawings ranging from export locomotives to anti-aircraft guns used by the Royal Navy in World War Two, hundreds of mechanical component and wiring diagrams and a few ‘holy grails’ of general arrangements for British Railways locomotives including the Class 22 and 84. I have picked out a few to whet your appetite.

Arrangement of destination indicators for a Manchester Corporation bus (Image – F-545) (Ref: GEC/2/2/2/352)

Arrangement of destination indicators for a Manchester Corporation bus
(Ref: GEC/2/2/2/352)

Diesel electric locomotive general arrangement, a Rhodesia Class 40, 1958 (Image – P3202-055 Rhodesia Class 40) (Ref: GEC/2/2/2/82)

Diesel electric locomotive general arrangement, a Rhodesia Class 40, 1958
(Ref: GEC/2/2/2/82)

 

Electric wagon Post Office (London) Railway, 1938 (Ref: GEC/2/2/2/140)

Electric wagon Post Office (London) Railway, 1938
(Ref: GEC/2/2/2/140)

GAPost-Office-Railway-low

General arrangement of prototype train for Post Office (London) Railway
(Ref: GEC/2/2/2/179)

 

General arrangement D.D.T.C centre entrance car, 1936 (Image – PC35-413 Colour Tram for Darwen) (Ref: GEC/2/2/2/381)

General arrangement D.D.T.C centre entrance car, 1936
(Ref: GEC/2/2/2/381)

S.N.C.F T.V.G. development train for high speed, c 1983 (Image – TVG) (Ref: GEC/2/2/1/69)

S.N.C.F T.V.G. development train for high speed, c 1983
(Ref: GEC/2/2/1/69)

Although the above drawings have been created by English Electric Company and GEC Alsthom Ltd, the archive contains many more by GEC Traction, Associated Electrical Industries, Metropolitan-Vickers Electrical Company, Vulcan Foundry Ltd, Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns and Beyer Peacock to name a few.

The next stage of the project is to catalogue the 500 + boxes of the business and technical records. The project, funded by the National Archives Cataloguing Grant Scheme finishes at the end of September.

If you would like a copy of any of these drawings, please email Copy.Service@nrm.org.uk. All the drawings and the rest of the collection will be available to view in Search Engine when the catalogue goes live on AdLib later this year. For other queries on the archive you can email me on charlotte.dennard@nrm.org.uk

You can also explore more posts about the GEC archive here.

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  1. Bob Haddon

    I have tried to trace a photo of my late father photographed at AEI Rugby Works in the late 1950’s fitting out the control gear of a class 24 and published in the AEI Topic.My mother had a copy of the photograph but was lost when she had water leak.Do you know of any copies of Topic are held in the archive please?.
    Yours Bob Haddon

    1. Charlotte

      Hi Bob,

      We have many photographs, negatives and loose photographs in the collection with many images of workers in factories. You can search the collection once it becomes live on the archive catalogue (http://archives.sciencemuseumgroup.ac.uk/search/simple) at the end of this year. I am currently cataloguing the images and I let you know if I find anything, please email me on charlotte.dennard@nrm.org.uk so I can personally reply to your enquiry.
      Many thanks,
      Charlotte

  2. Richard Awde

    The English Electric (EE) diesel supplied to Rhodesia Railways (RR) were classified by RR as class DE 2 (NOT CLASS 40). The date of
    1958 is also wrong the first loco of class DE 2 was handed over to RR by EE at Salisbury (now Harare/Zimbabwe) on 22/06/55 so
    I presume drawing dates to 1954 (NOT 1958).

  3. Charlotte

    Hi Richard,

    Many thanks for the correction of the RR Class DE2, however the date on this particular drawing is 1958.
    Best wishes,
    Charlotte

  4. Richard Awde

    Charlotte,

    Thank you for your reply. The first batch of 23 x DE2 were delivered to the RR in 1955/56 the second batch of 12 x DE2 were
    delivered in 1958 (date of the drawing). There is a model of a DE2 in the warehouse at the NRM in the original livery of
    crimson and cream the later livery of green and yellow is on a model of a RR DE3 also in the warehouse these locos are
    also built by English Electric sixteen delivered in 1962.

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