Timetable Archive

Discussion in 'Allocations, Diagrams & Timetables' started by Darandio, 2 Jul 2018.

  1. Darandio

    Darandio Established Member

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    I thought this may be of interest to some here, especially as there had been recent discussion about physical timetables and the preference of many to use electronic versions these days. Some foresee the end of printed timetables happening sooner rather than later.

    The database is still a work in progress and it wasn't actually created as a means of preserving them as such, it's more of a resource for scenario creation in the world of Train Simulation, it's therefore in a more simplified Summer/Winter format to remove the complications of the many intermediate timetables there have been over the years. However, given there are often requests here for older timetables and the fact that trawling the archive can be a laborious process, I thought i'd take out the legwork.

    I am also aware of similar projects elsewhere, but I wanted my own resource.

    https://www.dpsimulation.org.uk/timetables.html
     
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  3. Wilts Wanderer

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    What an excellent idea. Is there any value in expanding to include old GBTTs, or even Working Timetables? You’ll need a good scanner...
     
  4. Darandio

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    Indeed I would, and a lot more patience than I have already got! :lol:

    Once i've caught up with all TOC's and identifed which periods i'm missing, i'd certainly welcome submissions from anyone who could fill the gaps though.
     
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    Just wondering will this also include GWR?
     
  6. Darandio

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    Yes, at some point soon hopefully.
     
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    Thank you for confirming and what a brilliant idea :)
     
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    I've got a 1902 GWR timetable at home, is that of any use?

    In all seriousness, Darandio, when are you targeting with this project?
     
  9. Darandio

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    At the moment i'm really targeting post-privatisation but as with many things, it will no doubt snowball once that mission is complete.
     
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    I've now added GWR and the first batch of First Great Western.
     
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    Thank you for the heads up
     
  12. Darandio

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    No problem.
     
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    This sounds like a good thing - it’s interesting and sometimes useful to be able to look back at how things used to be.
     
  14. Darandio

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    I was a bit sceptical about how much interest there actually would be. But since starting the project around a month ago there have now been over 3200 downloads of the various timetables with the Virgin 2005 summer timetable by far the most requested. Old timetables are a lot more popular than I ever envisaged.
     
  15. Darandio

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    For those interested, the archive received an extensive update at the weekend. Additions include TOC timetables for East Midlands Trains, Midland Mainline, ScotRail, Southern and WAGN along with a whole new raft of full Network Rail working timetables stretching back as far as 2007.

    https://www.dpsimulation.org.uk/timetables.html
     
  16. nickw1

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    I would be really interested to see timetables for the decade or so before I started using railways regularly (late 1982, i.e during the 82/83 timetable), say the years from 1971/2 up to 1981/2.

    In this period, the railway would have been using stock still in common use in the 1980s and 1990s (so I could 'relate to it directly', if you will), but the timetables would, I imagine, be different. I did once have an SR May 1972 timetable (from the Watercress line 10-year anniversary event in Sep 1987) but it went missing long ago.

    Southern (SW and Central divisions particularly) and XC (including Manchester/Liverpool - Birmingham) would be particularly interesting. Anyone got scans of any of those online?

    Or could we start a series of threads organised by region/operating unit (Southern, LM, WR, XC etc) in which people contribute their own knowledge of timetable patterns over the modern (say 1970 onwards) era?

    Thanks,
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