London and North Eastern Railway


This company was created in 1923 following the Great War, in a merging of British railway companies known as the 'grouping'.

In Scotland it consisted of;

North British Railway
Great North of Scotland Railway

In England it consisted of at least;

North Eastern Railway
Great Northern Railway
Great Central Railway
Great Eastern Railway

The new company was managed at local level; for example managers of the former North British Railway became mangers of the routes of the NBR within Scotland and the routes of the GNSR. Managers of the NER became managers of the railways of the north east of England of both the NBR and NER. Other areas were similarly controlled as before. There was an overall management layer and co-ordination of designing and building new engines.

In England the line owned the routes running up the east coast from London, including the route now known as the East Coast Main Line. In Scotland lines approached Edinburgh from Carlisle in the west and Berwick in the east. The naming of the company was not particularly appropriate; entirely failing to mention Scotland and the company owned the former Mallaig Extension Railway which has the westernmost station in Britain, Arisaig, on its route. The company also owned many stations and lines in Glasgow which is in the west of the country.

The company had a number of alternative slang names such as the 'Late and Never Early' Railway.

The company was nationalised in 1948 and became part of British Railways.


16/06/1912London and North Eastern Railway
Imperial Airways
Race between Imperial Airways biplane The City of Glasgow and the Flying Scotsman won by the airplane.
  /  /1921Queen Alexandra Bridge
Falls out of use by the London and North Eastern Railway. Remains open for road traffic and later the railway deck would be removed.
19/08/1921Railways Act
Act passed to create London Midland and Scottish Railway, London and North Eastern Railway, Great Western Railway and Southern Railway by grouping smaller companies into bigger units. This was due to financial problems the railway companies were having in the aftermath of the First World War.
01/01/1923North British Railway Edinburgh and Bathgate Railway Great North of Scotland Railway Forth and Clyde Junction Railway Kilsyth and Bonnybridge Railway Gifford and Garvald Railway Newburgh and North Fife Railway Lauder Light Railway Great Central Railway
Grouped into London and North Eastern Railway.
01/01/1923Dundee and Arbroath Joint Railway Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway and North British Railway Joint)
Both the Dundee and Arbroath Joint Railway and Dumbarton and Balloch Joint Line become jointly owned by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway and the London and North Eastern Railway.
01/01/1923Great North of England, Clarence and Hartlepool Junction Railway
Merged into the London and North Eastern Railway. Previously leased by the North Eastern Railway.
  /  /1924Londonderry Railway
London and North Eastern Railway approaches Lord Seaham to close Hall Dene station. This is agreed if Seaham Colliery station be renamed Seaham and Marlborough Street station be renamed Seaham Harbour.
  /  /1934Railway Air Services
London Midland and Scottish Railway
London and North Eastern Railway
Great Western Railway
Southern Railway
Imperial Airways
Railway Air Services formed by the LMS, LNER, GWR, SR and Imperial Airways. Airport opened at Renfrew
16/06/1947London and North Eastern Railway
PS Waverley [IV] maiden voyage. Based at Craigendoran Pier.
01/01/1948British Railways Forth Bridge Railway London, Midland and Scottish Railway London and North Eastern Railway Great Western Railway Southern Railway
Britains railways are nationalised.