Reference HO 192/1189
Title Railways
Former Department Reference RE/B38 26/8
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Bombing and Attacks on the Population, Industry and Infrastructure
Subthemes Disruption to services, Transport and travel
Document Types Reports and Surveys, Statistical Data, Official Correspondence
Civil Defence Regions Region 9: Midlands (Birmingham HQ)
Locations Birmingham, Coventry


A file of documents relating to rail passenger traffic and air-raid damage to railways in Birmingham. Documents in the file include statements of the tickets issued from stations in the Birmingham area; a discussion of the transit of goods, including food supplies, clothing, and industrial products such as coal and coke; records of passengers travelling to and from Birmingham, including ticket types and the number of journeys; and reports on damage to railway holdings in the Midlands. The reports cover the locations of damage, including track sections, stations, bridges, and air-raid shelters; the causes of damage, including fires; the extent of interference with the normal running of traffic; restoration work and the cost of repairs; the creation of bomb craters; worker absenteeism; casualties, including workers from the engineering department; and the resumption of services. The file also includes discussion of complaints by railway staff about their working conditions.


absenteeism, administration, agriculture, air raids, air-raid precautions, animal feed, bicycles, bomb damage, bridges, cattle, cereals, civilian casualties, clothing, coal, coke, communications, compensation, construction, construction materials, depots, disease, employment, engineering, evacuation, female labour, finance, fires, fish, flour, food supplies, fuel, haulage, high-explosive bombs, homelessness, incendiary bombs, industrial equipment, industrial workers, industry, infrastructure, insurance, labour supply, lighting, livestock, local authorities, maps, natural resources, newspapers, office workers, petrol, public transport, railway stations, railways, recruitment, repair, retail, retirement, roads, statistics, sugar, surveys, telephonic communications, traffic, transportation, wages, working conditions

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