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Flintshire Record Office
Dean, R. J., collection of railway papers and plans

Reference code(s): GB 0208 D/RD

Held at: Flintshire Record Office

Title: Railway Papers of R.J. Dean

Short Title: Dean, R. J., collection of railway papers and plans

Creation date(s): 1724-1971

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 1301 items

Name of creator(s): R. J. Dean; Great Western Railway; London and North Eastern Railway; London and North Western Railway.


Administrative/Biographical history: R. J. Dean (fl. 1969-1980) collected plans of many railway companies. In 1923, railway companies in Britain were amalgamated into four main groups, three of which operated lines in Wales. The London and North Western Railway, which became part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) in 1923, operated the Chester and Holyhead Railway, and various branch railways in north Wales. The Great Western Railway (GWR) ran several lines in north and mid Wales. The Wrexham, Mold and Connah's Quay Railway had been acquired by Great Central Railways in 1904 and became part of London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) in 1923. Following nationalisation of the railways in 1946, north and mid Wales became part of British Railways, London Midland Region. Dean's main interests were the pre-1923 standard- and narrow-gauge railways.


Scope and content/abstract: Railway plans and papers, 1843-1966, comprising Chester and Holyhead Railway plans, 1844-1961, Acts of Parliament, 1845-1937, and papers, 1846-1966; Chester and Holyhead and branch railways general plans, 1900-[c. 1920], plans of the Signals and Telegraph Department, 1876-1934, branch railways plans and papers, 1847-1965, and acts, 1865-1927; plans of Great Western Railway branches and lines in North Wales, [c. 1866]-1944; Wrexham, Mold and Connah's Quay Railway plans, [early 20th century]-1962, Acts, 1882-1888, and papers, 1918-[c. 1965]; plans relating to various independent narrow-gauge railways in North Wales, 1873-1923; guide books, 1879-[c. 1944]; and guide book maps, [19th century]-[20th century].


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: London & North Western Railway; Great Western Railway; London & North Eastern Railway; independent narrow-gauge railways; and miscellaneous. The railways are arranged in the collection according to their 1923 grouping amalgamation into four main groups, three of which operated in Wales). This arrangement is also adopted for plans and papers after 1946 (when nationalisation resulted in north and mid Wales becoming part of British Railways - London Midland Region). Those narrow-gauge railways which remained independent are listed separately.

Conditions governing access: Data Protection Act restrictions will apply to any items less than 100 years old that contain sensitive personal information as defined by the Act.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Flintshire Record Office, the National Register of Archives and the National Library of Wales. Catalogue is searchable online at:


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:


Related material: This deposit complements an earlier collection of railway plans deposited by R.J. Dean in 1969 (D/DM/255)


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. 'Annotated plans' signify those plans which have a considerable amount of annotation re ownership and conveyance of lands and buildings, boundaries, etc. Annotations are contemporary with the plans and/or later additions up to c. 1950s. Many of the photographs and negatives in the collection were formerly part of the J.M. Dunn collection.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Flintshire Record Office, R. J. Dean MSS; Oldham, Michael (ed.), The British Book of Railways (London, 1978).

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH

Date(s) of descriptions: March 2004

Railway companies | Wales, North | Archives
Railways | Wales | Flintshire | Maps
Railways | Wales, North | Guide-books
Railways | Wales, North | Maps

Personal names

Corporate names
Chester & Holyhead Railway
Chester & Holyhead Railway
Chester and Holyhead Railway
Great Central Railway
Great Western Railway (Great Britain)
London and North-Western Railway
London, Midland and Scottish Railway Company
Wrexham, Mold & Connah's Quay Railway

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