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1862. Great Eastern Express Engine.
1868. Tank Locomotive.
1869. Built By Ruston, Proctor and Co, From the Designs of Samuel Waite Johnson Locomotive Superintendent of the Great Eastern Railway
1885. Tank Engine for Metropolitan Traffic, Designed and Constructed by T. W. Worsdell, Locomotive Superintendent.
Oil-burning express engine. Picture published in 1894.
1900. Boiler Explodes at Westerfield.
1900. Boiler Explodes at Westerfield.
1900. Westerfield boiler explosion.
1900. Westerfield boiler explosion.
1903. Works at Stratford.
1903. Works at Stratford.
November 1916.
May 1917.
January 1918.
1950. Tank engine.
1950. A yard service engine.
1950. A tram engine.
Mar 1957.4-6-0 No 1504 Leaving Brentwood 1912

The G. E. R. of Liverpool Street Railway Station.

The Great Eastern Railway (GER) was a pre-grouping British railway company, whose main line linked London to Norwich and had various other lines through East Anglia. The company was grouped into the London and North Eastern Railway in 1923.

1863 The company was incorporated and owns 1,062 miles of line, besides 149.75 miles held jointly with others. [1]

The GER was formed in 1862 as an amalgamation of the Eastern Counties Railway with several other smaller railways:

Robert Sinclair was consulting Engineer for the company until he resigned in 1866.

1866 Edward Wilson became Consulting Engineer for the Great Eastern Railway in succession to Sinclair. Constructed Liverpool Street Railway Station[2] which opened in 1874

1875 The Bishopsgate terminus was closed when Liverpool Street station became fully operational.

1882 Opening of the Great Northern and Great Eastern Joint Railway

By 1884 John Wilson was chief engineer.

1888 See Locomotive Stock June 1888

The GER had owned over 1200 miles of line and had a near-monopoly over East Anglia services until the creation of the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway in 1893.

The majority of its locomotives were manufactured in Stratford Works, which was on the site of today's Stratford International station.

1895 Lord Claud Hamilton was the Chairman of the company. [3]. John Wilson was chief engineer.

1902 the Northern and Eastern Railway was acquired by the GER.

1923 The GER was grouped with other railways to form the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER).

  • In 1904 - 1905 GER Great Eastern Railway built 12 double-deckers in Stratford, East London in their railway workshops.
  • Each part produced was home-made but this substantial construction project did not ensure reliability.


See Great Eastern Railway Society

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  2. The Engineer 1877/09/07 page 164.
  3. The Engineer 1896/02/07
  • Ian Allan - British Buses Since 1900 - Aldridge and Morris