Early issues of The Railway Review, "a weekly newspaper for railwaymen" produced by the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants and its successor the National Union of Railwaymen, have been digitised to help preserve and provide wider access to the fragile volumes.
The digitised editions cover the following dates:
- July 1880 to Dec 1881
- Jan 1884 to Dec 1884
- Jan 1885 to Dec 1885
- Jan 1890 to Dec 1890, and Apr 1891 to Dec 1892
A limited number of articles are text searchable (mostly reports on railway accidents). Some of the stranger stories from the newspaper are highlighed in Tales of the Unexpected in The Railway Review.
'Battle of Bread': Tales from the Victorian breadline
The first editor of 'Railway Review', James Greenwood, was a “social explorer” known for his colourful descriptions of working class life in London. Early editions of the NUR newspaper include Greenwood's articles on the urban underclass of the early 1880s - from mudlarks to quack medicine sellers.
First World War cartoons
We have also digitised and made available online cartoons from 'The Railway Review' dating from August 1914 to December 1914. The cartoons, drawn by 'DIN', include satirical comment on railway working conditions and management, wartime social problems (including profiteers and food shortages), the introduction of women workers, the 1918 general election and plans for post-war reconstruction.
Railway union journals available elsewhere
The Footplate, 1918-1938, journal of the Australian Federated Union of Locomotive Enginemen, Victorian Division, has been digitised by the University of Melbourne.