For enthusiasts, researchers and modellers of the Great Eastern Railway


Welcome to the Great Eastern Railway Society website

We hope visitors will find plenty of interest about the former Great Eastern Railway (GER), its predecessors, successors and related railways in the East Anglia area.

The Society caters for all aspects of the railway, both historical and modern day. We take an interest not only in the GER (1862-1922) but also its predecessors such as the Eastern Counties Railway and its successors including the GE Section of the LNER and BR, right through to the present day Network Rail and the Train Operating Companies. Other associated railways in the region are also covered, including the London, Tilbury & Southend Railway, the Colne Valley and Halstead Railway, the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway and the Southwold Railway.

Our members include general enthusiasts, serious railway researchers, ex-railwaymen, dedicated railway modellers, owners/users of ex-GER buildings and librarians/archivists. So browse the site to see how the Great Eastern Railway Society (GERS) can help you.

Claud Hamilton

The GER Society

gercrestwebThe Society was formed in 1973 in order to promote a widespread interest in the Great Eastern Railway, to encourage and co-ordinate research into its history, and to provide a permanent record of the results. This is being achieved by building upon the knowledge of the known GER experts, and by locating and studying all surviving records of the railway...

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The Great Eastern Railway

batswingThe GER was created in 1862 from the amalgamation of most of the then existing smaller railways in East Anglia. From then until absorption into the LNER at the 1923 Grouping, it was the dominant railway company in East Anglia, only facing competition from the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway to the north and the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway to the south. Although not a wealthy railway, by 1923 it had more passenger traffic than any other constituent company and possessed the greatest number of carriages.

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The Great Eastern Railway Magazine


The Great Eastern Railway Magazine was a staff magazine which the railway company first issued in January 1911. It continued to appear monthly until the end of 1926, by which time the old GER had long become a constituent part of the London and North Eastern Railway. Each year made up a volume, so there were 16 volumes in all.

Many of the articles were of contemporary railway interest or described parts of the region which the GER served. For example the 1913 volume included articles about the Locomotive, Carriage and Wagon Department; the speeds of goods trains; Electric traction on railways; Norfolk tobacco; Thorpeness; ‘The Dutch Fenland and our own’; and George Borrow’s connections with East Anglia. All were fully illustrated with photographs.



Like any staff magazine it also carried news of its employees and what they were doing. There were reports from the GER Musical Society and Cricket Club, for instance, as well as notes on presentations, retirements and deaths. From 1914 to 1918 came lists of staff who had enrolled in the armed forces, followed later by the names of those killed in action.


Individual copies of the magazine or bound annual volumes occasionally become available via second hand outlets, but because of their scarcity and interest they fetch a high price.

What the Great Eastern Railway Society has done


We have spent money raised from our Sales activities by commissioning a professional scan of all 16 volumes. This has converted them into Acrobat files, and in addition the use of optical character recognition software has for the first time ever made them all word-searchable.

How this benefits you

If your interest is in the GER itself, in railway or social history generally, or in local history relating to the region, you may wish to purchase the files of the 16 volumes. These are available as a professionally copied double DVD at what we hope is an affordable price. For Society members this is £10, for non-members £15 – still a tremendous bargain, surely? Both prices include P&P. You can order by post via the traditional sales list or buy online.

If you are researching your family history, your interest may be solely the information we have now made accessible rather than those 16 volumes themselves. To meet your needs far more economically, we are offering a search facility on your behalf – you will find the details on the genealogy page of this web site.



We have a vast selection of sales items you can buy on this website. This forms an important part of making information about the GER and related railways accessible to all. Products are available as digital PDFs, CD/DVDs and on paper.

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Journal and News

Membership of the Great Eastern Railway Society includes a subscription to the Great Eastern Journal and Great Eastern News, both published quarterly. They are both produced to a professional standard, rivalling the quality of commercial magazines.

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The Collection

One of the Society's major achievements is the establishment of its Historical Collection of Records. Together with other records at the NRM, much of the company's history is available to all.

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The GER is remembered for its long-lived locomotives. The Claud Hamilton 4-4-0s and the '1500' 4-6-0s were the epitomy of Pre-Grouping elegance. Many smaller locomotives were well matched to the traffic demands varying from mainline freight through to lightly-built cross-country routes and branches, including tramways and light railways.

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When the Society was founded, one of the priorities was to support those who model the GER. We continue to have a thriving modelling community who exchange information through our Forum. They have created a Showcase which contains many layouts of, or inspired by, the diverse railways of East Anglia and East London.

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E-Group and Forum

Members can interchange ideas and information with each other through our E-Mail list based on (The E-Group) and our Forum hosted on this website which is popular with our modelling community.

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Official Facebook page

Official Facebook page

The Society has a Facebook group which is occasionally used for announcements.

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X (formerly Twitter)

X (formerly Twitter)

We also have a page on X (Twitter) with postings of general interest to railway enthusiasts.

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Great Eastern Railway Appreciation Group

Great Eastern Railway Appreciation Group

We also recommend this Facebook group for those interested in the GER.

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