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Timetable World is free to use. Here are a few books from Europe and North America you can browse immediately. Just click on the images. The full catalogue is available from the menus.


In its final year before nationalisation, this LMS timetable shows a network stretching from London to the northernmost station in Scotland (Thurso). Railways in Northern Ireland were part of the LMS, and were to be hived of into Northern Ireland Railways in 1948. Other "out-of-area" lines reached South Wales, the south coast (at Bournemouth) and the Essex coast (Shoeburyness).
Published since 1868, The Official Guide of the Railways covered rail and marine passenger services across North and Central America. Although the network was much-reduced by the 1930's Depression and private motor-vehicle and airline competition, this edition from August 1952 still runs to 1,500 pages and shows a largely-dieselised network before the major cutbacks in passenger services of the late-1950s.

The East German (DDR) timetable in operation when the two Germanies were formally re-united (3rd October 1990). The Berlin Wall had fallen in November the previous year and Karl-Marx-Stadt had reverted to Chemnitz, but cross-border services are minimal and the timetable still carries an advertisement for Soviet Railways.
The Western Region of British Railways covers the south-west of England, the south Midlands and most of Wales. Many routes are rural and sparsely-populated, but the South Wales coalfield contrasts with a dense railway network criss-crossing and tunneling the hilly terrain.
Scotland was served by the London, Midland & Scottish (LMS) and London North-Eastern Railway [LNER] companies prior to the formation of British Railways in 1947. This is one of the earliest unified national timetables for Scotland, prepared for the newly-created Scottish Region of BR.


NEWS from Timetable World

Date: 24th September 2011

Two more timetable books have been added.

The Western Region (Great Britain) from 1965 shows the mid-point in the Modernisation Plan, with more thinning of branches still to come. The book was kindly scanned and donated to timetableworld by Colin Green.

Click on the image below to view the former main line between Paddington and Birmingham Snow Hill, Shrewsbury, Chester and Birkenhead. Note the hourly through services to/from Shrewsbury (there are none today), and one serving mid-Wales all year round. There's even a sleeper service from Wolverhampton for what is today a 100-minute journey.



This Deutsche Reichbahn timetable (from East Germany) covers a momentus period in history when the two Germanies are re-united. The railway administrations of East and West merged four years later in 1994, so this book shows the former still-segregated operations.

Click on the image below, which opens on the famous narrow-guage route across the Harz mountains (Wernigerode - Nordhausen - Table 678). The Warsaw Pact listening post on the Brocken (1,141m) has a Soviet/Russian presence for four years after Re-unification and the friction-only rail ascent (Table 676) remains out-of-use.



Date: 3rd July 2011

Timetableworld.com can now be viewed in many languages, thanks to Google's website translator. Choose your langauge from the list available top-right.

Date: 17th June 2011

Two new timetable books have been added. They both cover north-western Germany, one from the final year of the War (Deutsche Reichbahn 1944) and one from Deutsche Bundesbahn 1962.

Click on the images below.



Date: 14th May 2011

The website has been revamped in order to simplify the site, and a new tile-based approach (like Google Maps) has been adopted to improve the rendering of large timetable images. Station-based indexing and Google Maps integration has been removed for the time being. It's not gone for good but the priority is to grow the collection first.

If you have any comments or suggestions about the updated site, we'd love to hear from you. contact@timetableworld.com

Railway timetables

Timetable World is a free-to-use online resource for those interested in transport, social history, local studies and the like. Complete facsimilies of timetables are available to browse, zoom into, compare.

Key features are:

  • Complete timetable are reproduced
  • High-precision scans are used
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The collection is growing, and we welcome timetable loans to help the project along.

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Contributing to Timetable World: Timetable Loans

Whether you are a serious, long-term timetable collector, or just have a few old books, we'd love to hear from you. Getting your timetables scanned, indexed and co-mingled with other on-line timetables is a great way to preserve and get more use from these delicate items and help others share in the contents. If you're an archivist, Timetable World offers a solid way to improve access without undue impact on the originals.

  1. To begin with, please contact us at contact@timetableworld.com and provide a few basic details of the items you can offer.
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    • Validity period
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    • Country and Language
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  2. Our considerations when deciding which items to proceed with, and when, are:
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    • The condition of the item
    • The backlog of scanning and indexing work already committed.

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