• Title
    GEC Traction Archive
  • Reference
  • Production date
    1846 - 1996
  • Creator
    • GEC Traction LimitedBiography
  • Scope and Content
    The GEC Traction archive has been arranged into four main sub-fonds, Administration records (GEC/1), Drawing Office records (GEC/2), Engineering records (GEC/3) and Sales and Commercial records (GEC/4). Records include engineering drawings, technical and promotional archives, photographic and film material for the period 1846-1996.
  • Extent
    941 boxes, 458 drawing folders, 37 drawers
  • Physical description
    The majority of the archive is in good condition, some of the drawings have been conserved.
  • Language
  • Archival history
    The collection comprises of a large body of material acquired from GEC Traction Ltd between 1994 and 1995 when the closure of Trafford Park Works prompted a major disposal of non-current records including large amounts of material generated by the predecessor firms. The NRM took much of this material on a rescue basis, with little prior sorting and identification. The collection includes records of GEC Alsthom and associated companies including Associated Electrical Industries, British Thomson-Houston, WG Bagnall & Co, Dick Kerr & Co, English Electric Company, and GEC Traction. R W Hawthorn Leslie & Co, Metropolitan-Vickers, Robert Stephenson & Co, Robert Stephenson & Hawthorn, Ruston & Hornsby, Vulcan Foundry and Willans & Robinson. The following collections were separated from the main GEC Traction collection and deposited at NRM on indefinite loan in 1983, the archive of Robert Stephenson & Co Ltd, records of English Electric Company Limited; Vulcan Foundry Ltd. Collection, W.G. Bagnall Ltd. Collection and R & W Hawthorn Leslie & Co Collection.
  • Level of description
  • Repository name
    National Railway Museum, York
  • Associated people and organisations
    • GEC Alsthom LimitedBiography
    • GEC Alsthom Traction LimitedBiography
    • Associated Electrical Industries (AEI)Biography
    • English Electric Company LimitedBiography
    • English Electric-AEI Traction LimitedBiography
    • British Thomson-Houston Co LtdBiography
    • Metropolitan-Vickers Electrical Co LtdBiography
    • Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns LtdBiography
    • R & W Hawthorn Leslie & Co LtdBiography
    • Metropolitan-Cammell Carriage & Wagon Co LtdBiography
    • Baguley-Drewry LtdBiography
    • British Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Co LtdBiography
    • Dick Kerr & Co LtdBiography
    • English Electric TractionBiography
    • GEC Transportation Projects LtdBiography
    • General Electric Company plcBiography
    • General Electric Company, USABiography
    • National Coal BoardBiography
    • Sierra Leone Government RailwayBiography
    • Vulcan Foundry LtdBiography
    • WG Bagnall LtdBiography
    • Willans & Robinson LtdBiography
  • Subject
  • Conditions governing access
    Access is given in accordance with the NRM access policy. Material from this collection is available to researchers through Search Engine. Some records in the archive are subject to access restrictions in line with the Data Protection Act 1998. Where restrictions are in place, this is indicated in the series/item description.
  • Conditions governing Reproduction
    Copies may be supplied of items in the collection, provided that the copying process used does not damage the item or is not detrimental to its preservation. Copies will be supplied in accordance with the NRM’s terms and conditions for the supply and reproduction of copies, and the provisions of any relevant copyright legislation.
  • Related object
  • Appraisal
    The archive has been appraised. Duplicate material at lower levels has been removed. Some material has been removed due to its condition.
  • System of arrangement
    The original order of the archive is by format reflecting how the archive was originally stored. Arrangement of the archive is functional where records of the same functional activity have been grouped in categories based on organisational provenance, using organisational charts and records within the archive. The majority of the archive has been described at box level, apart from items of importance including drawing registers GEC/2/1, pattern record registers GEC/2/3, drawing lists GEC/2/4, order books GEC/3/1, weight books GEC/3/3 and films GEC/4/6. It has been arranged into four main sub-fonds reflecting the activities to which the records relate or the nature of the record: GEC/1 - Administration records GEC/2 - Drawing Office records GEC/3 - Engineering records GEC/4 - Sales and Commercial records
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