British Rail Locomotive and Multiple Unit Numbering and Classification - Constituent Companies

Constituent Companies

In 1948, BR inherited a variety of locomotives and multiple units from the 'Big Four' railway companies and some smaller concerns. Details of the numbering and classification systems used by the 'Big Four' companies are covered in the following pages:

  • Great Western Railway: GWR locomotive numbering and classification
  • Southern Railway: SR locomotive numbering and classification and SR multiple unit numbering and classification
  • London, Midland and Scottish Railway: LMS locomotive numbering and classification
  • London and North Eastern Railway: LNER locomotive numbering and classification

In the main, new locomotives and multiple units built by BR to pre-nationalisation designs were numbered and classified according to the principles applied by the relevant 'Big Four' company.

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