Telegraph code words

A (one day) comprehensive listing

Last update 22 March 2021

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In the days before widespread telephone use (and even longer before email), the fastest way to send a message across the country was by the electric telegraph (telegram). The public telegraph system was a costly system generally charged on the number of words transmitted, but the railways' internal systems were not constrained in this way. However, for speed and clarity the railway companies devised a set of code words for regularly-used messages, each with a precise meaning. Some codes are proper words in their own right (ALERT) and some an easy shorthand (WARNPASS for 'warn passengers' or EMCAR for 'empty carriage'). Others bear little resemblance to their message (DEBRIS or OHIO). Code words were generally decided early on as simple and/or memorable words and those that remain are largely unchanged since then. Acronyms were not generally used in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, though some codes have since had meaningful terms applied and brought into official use.

Codes changed over the years as requirements came and went, and individual railway companies had their own code systems, often with standard words across the industry. Some of the codes are still used in the industry (such as SPATE for a temporary speed restriction withdrawn before published time) and in enthusiast slang, for example CAPE or FOOTEX.

Codes used to describe particular wagon or carriage types amounted to hundreds and are generally not included here. This page intends to capture operational and infrastructure codes.

Official codes

The bulk of this listing is derived from a 1 July 1939 booklet published by the Great Western Railway, supplemented by a 1980s British Rail code book (catalogue number BR30064) and other information as found. The GWR book showed (and distinguished between) cross-industry terms and those specific to its own operations. Other companies are sure to have had their own equivalents.

The 'In use' column has entries thus:

(blank) = cross industry term used in 1939 = cross industry term used in 1939 and still used by BR in the 1980s (company, year) = company specific term used in the year stated

It will be seen that as well as many cross-industry terms, BR later adopted some GWR-specific codes.

The GWR booklet opens thus, with its distinctive capitalisation:

To facilitate the transmission of Telegraph Messages, a Code of Phrases in common use in telegrams sent on the Companies' business has been prepared, each phrase being represented by a distinctive word, and that word only is to be sent instead of the complete phrase which it represents.

…

In telephoning, all Code words should be spelt out.

It then provided a helpful guide to the phonetic alphabet that bears no resemblance to the standard one used today:

A for Alfred.
B  "  Bertie.
C  "  Charles.
D  "  David.
E  "  Edward.
F  "  Frederick.
G  "  George.
H  "  Harry.
I  "  Isaac.
J  "  Janet.
K  "  King.
L  "  Louisa.
M  "  Mary.
N  "  Nellie.
O  "  Olive.
P  "  Peter.
Q  "  Queen.
R  "  Robert.
S  "  Sarah.
T  "  Thomas.
U  "  Uncle.
V  "  Violet.
W  "  William.
X  "  Xmas.
Y  "  York.
Z  "  Zero.

Approaching 50 years later, BR's book was prefaced thus:

The code words for phrases in regular use contained in this booklet must be used, where applicable in message transmitted via National Teleprinter Network, Telex or TOPS, but not in messages to members of the public.

In 1939 most codes covered different passenger and train operating scenarios, plus train maintenance. There was very little about infrastructure maintenance. By BR-days, the greater proportion of codes concerned signalling-related issues.

Codes are presented alphabetically with known spelling mistakes in the source information corrected. It is interesting to note that the code word RESPOND does not demand an answer from the recipient.

Code Description In use
ABACK How many of the following vehicles have you on hand and when and where are they loading?
ABASE Quantity of timber now lying at your station belonging to the following party requires loading at once. How many timber trucks do you require? Do you want travelling crane? GWR, 1939
ABREAST When and for what traffic is the following stock applied for on truck report wanted? GWR, 1939
ABSENT Insert the following omitted from our invoice. give marks or any other particulars GWR, 1939
ACACIA Special train as under left (or leaving) at ..........
ACK Acknowledge receipt
ADCA Covered truck conveying motor car, accompanied by passengers.
ADEX Advertised day excursion
ADON Advise me when this has been done.
ADOUR Wire if following now in order.
ADPENSE If no additional expense incurred. GWR, 1939
AFLOW Traffic loaded and waiting. GWR, 1939
AGILE If traffic mentioned handed you at station and time named, wire best arrivals your route.
AJAX No train signalled 2-6-2 or 2-6-3 must be allowed on running lines or sidings on both sides of load. To be signalled by the special 'Is line clear?' signal 2-6-2. BR, 1980s
ALASKA Arrange for the necessary boxes to be open to pass following train ..........
ALBANY Wire time and date and where following were handed to undermentioned company.
ALERT Provide pilotman between points named for guard of .......... to .......... GWR, 1939
ALERT Provide conductor between points named for guard of .......... BR, 1980s
ALMOND Complaint is made by following of difficulty in passing .......... Note, arrange and report. GWR, 1939
ALOP May the following work be allowed to proceed? GWR, 1939
AMAR Excess width to be maintained to the 6ft side throughout. GWR, 1939
AMBER Cancel my communication respecting ..........
AMBPASS Withdraw notice intimating that restricted train service is in operation, but continue to exhibit WARNPASS notice. BR, 1980s
ANCHOVY Collect fare from passenger without ticket in undermentioned train hence state class.
ANTINOR Arrange to change engines at .......... GWR, 1939
APE Following on our invoice or waybill should have been entered 'paid'. Deliver free; clearance authority will be sent.
APOLLO Can you arrange to load firm's name timber on date ..........? State whether fixed or travelling crane GWR, 1939
APPLE Send the following engine here. GWR, 1939
APRICOT See undermentioned firm and press for payment of following account.
AQUA Barge (or boat) with undermentioned tons on board left following for .......... Arrange all water you can spare to enable easy passage. GWR, 1939
ARAB Wire how many passengers for following in undermentioned train. GWR, 1939
ARAMIS Send me full report of repairs required to following engine. GWR, 1939
ARCAD Note and advise all concerned that passengers must, until further notice, be informed that they book at their own risk to ..........
ARDEF Wire me early if traffic passing by service quoted.
ARGOT Wire if consignees advised or recognised.
ARGUS Barge (or boat) proceeding with difficulty. Let down all water you can spare and make good your own length, reporting to me what you can do. GWR, 1939
ARMADA Freight train alterations. GWR, 1939
ARNO Undermentioned notice received.
ARROW Reply on following subject.
ARROWROOT Train alterations. Send times today. GWR, 1939
ASH Arrange for special delivery of.
ASPEC Arrange treat as special. GWR, 1939
ASTER Exceeding one wagon daily from any one station.
ATHOS The following engineman and fireman belonging to your station leaving here with through train at .......... Arrange to meet them with food. GWR, 1939
ATLAS Joint enquiry at following place and time. Arrange attendance your men concerned and acknowledge receipt. GWR, 1939
AUTOMATIC Auto engine will work in place of motor on .......... Arrange trailer. GWR, 1939
AVAIL Following engine here for .......... at .......... time. Can you provide loading? GWR, 1939
AVDEM Senders have given usual indemnity and request goods be delivered to ..........
AVON Following traffic for undermentioned station will travel as under. Arrange forward first means.
AXIS Reserve following accommodation.
BABOON Your wire for undermentioned live stock; following licences are necessary.
BACKMO Road motors left at time shown below with the following consignments. Arrange return load and wire when leaving and particulars of load.
BAFFLE Nothing to indicate sender or consignee.
BALL Arrange for time bill clerk come to .......... place .......... time .......... date .......... in connection with .......... train service. GWR, 1939
BALLOON Time guard came on duty. GWR, 1939
BANDON Return bank engine immediately upon its arrival at your station. GWR, 1939
BANTAM Return special goods train hence at ..........
BANYAN List not to hand. The following stations told to wire you particulars. GWR, 1939
BARLEY What is being done for undermentioned place or places, which have no empties to load the following? GWR, 1939
BARN No passengers in undermentioned train for ..........
BASS Say if you have any corrections for .......... GWR, 1939
BAST See undermentioned local authority, ascertain whether place named is within its jurisdiction and reply. GWR, 1939
BASTION Your wire, no licence is necessary for the following animals.
BASUTO Engine (or other vehicle) on line and line clear at .......... GWR, 1939
BAT Return time table extracts today certain or must go to press without your particulars.
BAY Passengers in undermentioned train for ..........
BEACH The following entered on 'goods on hand without account' return, week ending ..........; if still on hand wire weight, marks and full description. GWR, 1939
BEAKER the following from you detained here. Wire train licence is coming by. GWR, 1939
BEAR Referring to consignment, as under, to your station, collect the following 'paid on' omitted, and advise when done.
BEDOUBLE Reserve double bedroom for ..........
BELFRY Undermentioned horse hence by passenger train as follows. Wire when you are returning your sick or lame horse. GWR, 1939
BENIN Consignee and charges are as follow.
BEPPO Following engines sent you today at .......... Return men and tools and advise time leaving. GWR, 1939
BERSEC Reserve second class sleeping berth in two berth compartment for .......... ACK. BR, 1980s
BESINGEN Reserve gent's single bedroom for ..........
BESINLA Reserve lady's single bedroom for ..........
BICHET Special .......... train left (or will leave) at .......... with following trucks for .......... GWR, 1939
BIGEND Big end bearing, inside diameter. GWR, 1939
BILADE Traffic as under, entered as shown, can now be released. Shippers hold bills of lading. GWR, 1939
BILBERRY Alterations for next month. GWR, 1939
BILTONG Arrange special collection today on account of Woodley and Co. of Cardiff and despatch by first train in refrigerator cars consigned to Woodley and Co. at the places named, the following consignment of meat. GWR, 1939
BIRCH Wire time and date following wagons arrived at and/or left at your station.
BITTERN How many of the following have you sent to ..........?
BLACKBIRD The goods are not entered upon tranship or road van list given. GWR, 1939
BLOCKADE All lines being blocked at .......... GWR, 1939
BLOCSID The adjoining lines to be blocked when working from running line to siding and vice versa. BR, 1980s
BLOX All adjoining lines to be blocked when using crossovers, junctions and running connections. GWR, 1939 BR, 1980s NR, 2016
BOA How many of the following can you send to ..........?
BOG Bank engine not required for undermentioned train. Only single engine load on. GWR, 1939
BONAR Consignment hence .......... give date under our bond, ensure prompt delivery intact to .......... give name of warehouse enable cancellation bond. If damaged call in Customs or Excise officer immediately. ACK.
BONDAGE Customs papers not received ex bonded warehouse. See senders and advise them goods detained here.
BONDMAN Time engineman came on duty. GWR, 1939
BONN Engine and guard leave at the undermentioned time to work special from .......... GWR, 1939
BORAX Arrange following alterations in opening and closing signal cabins.
BOUGH Has undermentioned a credit account with you and may I transfer? Holding traffic, wire instanter. GWR, 1939
BOVINE Empties waiting power at undermentioned station. Arrange to clear at once. Special if necessary. Wire what done. GWR, 1939
BOWL Wire departure time. GWR, 1939
BOXALL Please supply containers of the type mentioned below for loading at the station named on the date given. GWR, 1939
BOXER The following telegram must be telegraphed box to box to .......... GWR, 1939
BOYNE There is no water at the following station. Instruct drivers.
BREAM Following in hand for want of better address. Send full particulars at once, to enable delivery to be effected. Now addressed ..........
BREKDON Following wagons said stopped for repairs at your station. Wire date repaired and reforwarded, or if still on hand, state when repairs likely to be effected.
BRILL No alterations affecting you. GWR, 1939
BROKER Wire if since repaired, when released and forwarded, or what is position.
BROMIDE Wire full details of despatch. LNER
BROOM If an excursion is arranged in connection with the undermentioned, how many passengers do you estimate would take advantage of it from your station? GWR, 1939
BUCK Following entered as shown should have been invoiced to address given. Dispose of accordingly and reply.
BUD The undermentioned has a ledger account at this station. GWR, 1939
BUFFO Following which we entered 'paid' should be carriage 'to pay'. Collect charges and advise by letter when done.
BULLET Bullion by following train for .......... insert consignee's name and destination station consisting of .......... insert number and description of packages. Watch specially during transfer at your station/arrival and delivery. BR, 1980s
BUNKER Class of engine. Home depot .......... GWR, 1939
BUSCOM Reserve .......... seats on omnibus connecting with undermentioned train ex-Paddington. GWR, 1939
BUSH No trace goods mentioned on hand. GWR, 1939
BYRAG The following traffic may be accepted by arrangement only. BR, 1980s
CABBAGE Do you agree to following?
CABDO Reserve twin-berth cabin and wire number. GWR, 1939
CABO Reserve single-berth cabin and wire number. GWR, 1939
CABOB Wire stations to which following being loaded, number to each place and how many empty left on hand.
CABOR Reserve four-berth cabin and wire number. GWR, 1939
CABUS Cab apparatus, double line. GWR, 1939
CAD I can supply the following materials. GWR, 1939
CALPIN Train(s) as under start(ed) short of origin. Combination of CALVIN and PINE BR, 1980s
CALVIN Following train will run as under. Advise all concerned.
CALVIN Train(s) as under start(ed) short of origin and terminate(d) short of destination. Code sometimes given as KELVIN BR, 1980s
CAMEL Arrange to provide stock for the undermentioned train.
CAMEO Senders pressing for definite reply.
CANARY Following received from your station unentered. Wire instructions and particulars of charges and send invoice (or waybill) or copy by next train.
CAPE Undermentioned train(s) will not run. Advise all concerned. Sometimes erroneously claimed as derived from cancelled at point of entry
CAPON Send train times today for ..........
CAPRA Certificate of date named holds good. GWR, 1939
CAPSTAN Work stopped for want of the following.
CARATE Am asked to quote cartage rate on .......... GWR, 1939
CARBON Can the following travel safely between points named?
CARMINE Have all ready for timber loaders coming ..........
CARP Wire particulars of actual payments, value of forwarded 'to pay' and received 'paid' traffic of the following firm for twelve months ending .......... Also state general policy with company. GWR, 1939
CARSEV Provide truck load ..........'s owner's name car through tunnel, on .......... trains .......... date. GWR, 1939
CASTEN I have paid the following ammount to your credit through daily cash account 110 .......... (date). Form 8103 following. GWR, 1939
CASTOR Down main line blocked. GWR, 1939
CAWCROS Extreme caution must be exercised when passing from main line to loops and sidings and vice versa and when in loops and sidings. BR, 1980s
CAWSTAB Should the load require to be recessed, great care must be taken to ensure that the load will clear structures and traffic on adjacent tracks. BR, 1980s
CEDAR Instruct driver and guard of undermentioned train as follows.
CENEND Loaded centrally, equally ended and suitably checked. GWR, 1939
CENEND Loaded centrally, equally ended and suitably under-run. BR, 1980s
CENSOR Secure by our route on return journey the following.
CENTIPEDE Can you send .......... class saloon to place named for use on given date? GWR, 1939
CERTO Send certificate of origin or customs sale form no .......... Goods held pending receipt.
CHAD Relying on your concurrence I have agreed to convey the following party between the stations and on the date named at the fares quoted below. GWR, 1939
CHARCOAL It has been agreed to stop the following train at the station named to take up or set down the undernoted party. Advise all concerned.
CHARIOT Following train will stop at your station to take up or set down undernoted party. See that no avoidable delay occurs.
CHARTER Guaranteed excursion. BR, 1980s
CHAUCER Following wagons have arrived without labels. Wire consignee and destination.
CHESS You may debit this station giving particulars.
CHETA Your enquiry re undermentioned. Following is address of ..........
CHICORY Cannot trace delivery. Wire full description, marks and contents and say who complains.
CHIK Following missing, urgently wanted. Have special enquiries made and if with you forward immediately and reply.
CHINA Wire time special will leave and how many on. GWR, 1939
CHOPPER Weather foggy here. Instruct drivers and guards of following trains to light their head and tail lamps respectively state whether up or down trains. GWR, 1939
CHROME May travel as described subject to following restrictions. BR, 1980s
CHUTE Proceed to the following station for relief duty. Wire acknowledgement.
CHUTNEY if any trace, wire reply. If no trace, reply by urgent train message. GWR, 1939
CICERO Special train(s) will run as under. Advise all concerned.
CIGAR Send man here at once to attend to following.
CIRC Water circulating pump. GWR, 1939
CIRCUMA Trains must be diverted in accordance with instructions shown in notice of diversion of trains to alternative routes. GWR, 1939
CIRCUMA Trains must be diverted to alternative route(s). BR
CISTERN Repeating my wire (or letter) the following still not to hand; wire result of your tracing. GWR, 1939
CLATO Wire third-class fare for circular tour as follows. GWR, 1939
CLAYMO When and where are you loading ..........?
CLEEK Following charges entered 'to pay' per your invoice - refused by consignee in consequence. Wire whether correctly invoiced, if not send credit transfer voucher or apply to sender for payment. Reply fully. GWR, 1939
CLIFF Wire service and route between points named for ..........
CLIMB Be prepared to detach undermentioned in middle of following train.
CLOTH Be prepared to detach undermentioned leaving here next to engine on following train.
CLOVE Following will resume duty.
CLYDE There is now a supply of water at the following station. Instruct drivers.
COALIO Release given for undermentioned coal traffic. Send forward all speed.
COBALT Submit proof bills excursions. GWR, 1939
COBLE Ascertain when the following will resume duty.
COBRA We require the following. Have supply sent at once.
COG Accommodation has been reserved.
COLOC Private locomotive, cold, weight .......... tonnes travelling on own wheels from .......... to .......... per .......... Arrange forward working. BR, 1980s
COLORADO Have pilot engine in readiness to attach to following train.
COLUMBIA No extra engine power required. GWR, 1939
COLUN Have cold luncheon basket ready for ........... GWR, 1939
COMEX Following commercial explosives. BR, 1980s
COMO Your communication re accommodation in following name. Wire class travelling on steamer and if accommodation required for ladies or gents giving number of each. GWR, 1939
CONDLOAN Forward by first means the undermentioned condemned sheets on loan and wire when sent or sending. GWR, 1939
CONDOR Following waiting order. Obtain instructions for disposal.
CONEY Following which you enter 'to pay' said 'carriage paid' and refused in consequence. Wire whether correctly entered and, if not, send re-charge authority or apply to sender and reply.
CONFLICT No train conveying passengers or signalled 2-6-2 or 2-6-3 must be allowed on the running lines and/or sidings mentioned on either side of the load. To be signalled by the special 'Is line clear?' signal 2-6-3. BR, 1980s
CONGO The following not to hand. Send by next train, and write explaining delay, or, if sent, forward copy.
CONNIE Connecting rod complete with big end bearing, inside diameter. GWR, 1939
CONREC Following containers received today.
CONSEN Following containers despatched by us today with traffic shown as per particulars below.
CONTON Weight to be calculated on a basis of 1,000 kilos to the ton. GWR, 1939
CONVEX Undermentioned men .......... on duty .......... relieving following train. Trainmen as passengers hence. Wire time reliefmen returning. GWR, 1939
COOT Following wanted for shipment.
CORMOR Your enquiry respecting following not being to hand. Forwarded from here, as under. I trace; wire me immediately received.
COTAN Does my certificate of date named hold good? GWR, 1939
COTTON Following military explosives. BR, 1980s
COVCOUNT Wire me per return the number of sheets on hand for repairs in and out of trucks. GWR, 1939
COVCROWD Overcrowded with sheets for repairs. Can you arrange for acceptance elsewhere following loads. GWR, 1939
COVFALL Falling short of sheets for repairs. Urge forward supplies. GWR, 1939
COVLOADS Wagons loaded with sheets on hand your shop excessive. Take special steps to unload, amalgamate all small loads possible and wire me what you are able to do. GWR, 1939
COVMAND Heavy demand for sheets. Urge output giving light repairs preference and place all possible at disposal of Rolling Stock Department. Wire what you are able to do. GWR, 1939
COW Be prepared to detach undermentioned leaving here in the rear of following train.
COWARD May I attach the following to under-mentioned train.
CRANBERRY We send you the following, which you must transfer at your station and forward per .......... GWR, 1939
CRANE All charges should be paid through to destination. Wire if any debit to you.
CREDIT Our credit transfer voucher as below portion not received. Send it by first train and wire now whether accepted. GWR, 1939
CREDIT A Your credit transfer voucher received and accepted for last month. GWR, 1939
CREOLE Arrange to work forward. BR, 1980s
CRETE Following vehicle hence to you. Return next train.
CRIMSON How many empties are there at undernoted place?
CROCUS Your reliefman undermentioned and mate returning as passengers hence. GWR, 1939
CROW Undermentioned on hand refused for following reason. Send instructions for disposal and give sender notice as to risk and expense. In the event of instructions being given to re-tender or deliver elsewhere, say who pays carriage and extra charges, if any.
CUCKOO You will receive the following from ..........
CUDEB Following held by Customs for duty. Collect and wire authority to debit you.
CURRANT Your enquiry respecting following. I agree.
CUSAG Wagon number .......... hence under Customs seals. Not to be opened except in presence of Customs officer.
CUSHY Invoice no connection. Wire me instanter. GWR, 1939
CUSPRO Following traffic hence .......... must be produced to Customs before shipment.
CUSTEX Following traffic consigned to .......... not to be opened except in the presence of an officer of Customs and Excise.
CUSTOM Wire value, net weight and description of the following traffic for customs purposes.
CUTOS Following detained by HM Customs, contents dutiable.
CUTTLE Unable to reserve accommodation as requested.
CYDER I agree to train running if you can provide stock locally. GWR, 1939
CYGNET Following invoiced from you not to hand. Wire date, train, truck, and to what point sent and trace forward.
CYNIC Can only offer ordinary service. Wire what decided.
CYRUS Have matter put right at once. BR, 1980s
DAGGER Until the assent of the goods agent is obtained.
DAGGER Until the assent of .......... is obtained. BR, 1980s
DAGONET Engine of following train partially failed. Be prepared with another engine to work train forward. Give nature of failure briefly
DAMRE Showing on labels original consignee and from what station returned. GWR, 1939
DARG No advice from you re ..........
DATUM The undermentioned not received. Wire date and train sent.
DAUNT Following sender will load undermentioned wagons live stock at your station on .......... for .......... Arrange. GWR, 1939
DAUNTLESS Following sender will load undermentioned wagons livestock at .......... on .......... for .......... Arrange service and advise all concerned. GWR, 1939
DEBRIS I will advise you further.
DEBUT we have received application.
DECKO Following consignment unentered. Send first train copies of declaration and invoice. Senders are .......... Meantime wire full particulars charges payable by consignee.
DEDIMUS Have you communicated with us in error?
DEE Make careful search and enquiry at your station for ..........
DEEPDENE Royal train (lowest security: 2 headlamps, bell code 4-4-4 accepted under standard block, shunt other trains 5 minutes before passage, public crossings 10 minutes, fewer other precautions than GROVE). BR, from 1949
DEEPLUS Royal train (intermediate security: as DEEPDENE but double block). by 1961
DELAWARE Wire me rates (or fares) for undermentioned.
DELOD Divisional engineers should be advised in ample time of arrangements made for passage of loads. GWR, 1939
DELTA it is reported that the undermentioned is in financial difficulties: make confidential enquiry and, if confirmed, stop all further credit, advising me particulars of any outstandings, credits due or goods on hand, which latter must be held pending my instructions. State at what other stations firm does business. GWR, 1939
DEMOS Line will be clear in about .......... GWR, 1939
DEPAR Wire time of departure from point mentioned and arrival time at destination.
DERAIL Send quickly breakdown van, crane and gang; following derailed at .......... give place and time. BR
DERWENT Your communication upon following subject received and has attention.
DESCRIPT if still missing supply full description of marks, brand or illustration and dimensions, also say when and where last checked. GWR, 1939
DESERT You may quote standard rates in accordance with live stock scale on the following distance ..........
DETLAB Remove all labels before delivery. Origin not to be divulged to consignee.
DETNON Please send next passenger train .......... detonators without clips. GWR, 1939
DETO Please send next passenger train .......... detonators with clips. GWR, 1939
DIAMOND Arrange for extra engine to work ..........
DIANA Have engine no. .......... ready to change for engine .......... hence .......... time to work in its place. GWR, 1939
DINEDOR Following train will run in two parts, first part starting punctually and the second part running late, as under .......... GWR, 1939
DISBEL Bell with distant not properly off. GWR, 1939
DISPIN We have disposal instructions for following traffic which may send on here.
DISTOCK Distribution of freight rolling stock. GWR, 1939
DISTRO Wire distance and type of road. GWR, 1939
DIVA Undermentioned train diverted via .......... Wire if driver knows road. GWR, 1939
DIXTON Cartage motor vehicle 10 tons carrying capacity. GWR, 1939
DOBA Men on duty. Double home basket. GWR, 1939
DOCON The undermentioned is on hand and cannot be shipped until declarations are received. Please forward the documents in duplicate immediately.
DONKEY We are now asked to deliver following traffic to firm named. Wire if we may do so.
DOPE Wire me rate. Road transport competition involved. Their charge is .......... GWR, 1939
DOTAL Return the undermentioned here. Reply when done.
DOURO The following rates (or fares) may be quoted.
DOVE Wagon, number given below, from station named, sent away as an empty, contains the following. If with you, dispose of as follows and reply.
DRAGON Following wanted for tomorrow's use. Reply when will be sent.
DRAKE Can you arrange cartage to address given of following traffic, carried at S to S rate? If so, wire charge for that service.
DRASTIC Send on at once, invoice carriage paid and debit me, giving particulars.
DRAWBON Following consignment for Irish Free State marked duty paid. Advise senders duty will again be demanded on landing in Ireland. Ascertain whether under drawback or ex bonded warehouse. Wire reply. GWR, 1939
DRENCH Owing to an outbreak of foot and mouth disease near station named, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs or deer must not be moved into, out of, or within an area of 15 miles around that place unless the animals are accompanied by an up-to-dsate licence of the local authority at destination point, duly countersigned by the local authority at forwarding point. Names of stations affected to follow. Arrange and advise all concerned.
DROT Instruct guard of the following train to stop at station named to take up or set down undernoted party. GWR, 1939
DUB May travel as described without restriction. BR, 1980s
DUEDEST Referring to your application for a service for .......... from .......... to .......... I will arrange for this to arrive destination at ..........
DUEDEST Arrival time at destination will be .......... BR, 1980s
DUTET Undermentioned consignment said held pending payment of duty by consignee. My invoice authorises debit of duty to senders' deposit here. Arrange immediate clearance and furnish explanation.
DUTURN Wire turn of duty of undermentioned staff this week and next. 'companies', 1930s
DUTURN Wire turn of duty of undermentioned for period named.
DYKE Put .......... train in .......... loop or yard. BR, 1980s
EAGLE If unable to deliver the following, dispose of to best advantage.
EARWIG Following urgently required.
EBB Press consignee to accept. If he still refuses give him written notice of immediate sale in the interests of all concerned.
EBRO Look out for important letter by ..........
EDNA Goods traffic of all descriptions except the following must not be accepted for conveyance until further notice. Note and advise all concerned.
EFT See yesterday's report for information as to other stock. GWR, 1939
EGER Provide pilotman between points named for driver of ..........
EGER Provide conductor between points named for driver of .......... BR, 1980s
EIDER Following said handed you by the undermentioned not reached destination. Trace forward by wire, and advise me result, with full particulars. If necessary see senders.
ELASTIC Neither up nor down line blocked. GWR, 1939
ELFANT Can you trace receiving the following on or about the date given? If so, say how disposed of.
ELK We sent you in error on date named the following. Forward with all speed to the following station.
ELM Send man to attend to water supply at .......... No water in tank. GWR, 1939
EMCAR Special empty carriages. BR, 1980s
EMERALD Provide engine and men to work undermentioned train and wire that you will do so.
EMIGRANT The following spare cattle wagons are on hand .......... today. GWR, 1939
ENBAT Engine battery. GWR, 1939
ENO Undermentioned consignment invoiced duty payable by consignee, should have been invoiced 'recharge duty to sender's deposit account at this station'. Arrange clearance immediately and debit us.
ENOC Owing to engineering occupation. GWR, 1939
ERAD Refused, not equal to sample.
ERASMUS Can you return engine and men to work ..........? GWR, 1939
ERMIN Following not wanted here.
ERN Weigh, charge and advise.
EVERGREEN Please wire me instructions. Following complaints of difficulty in passing. GWR, 1939
EVEX Evening excursion.
EVIDO Public enquiry by licencing authority will be held on .......... GWR, 1939
EXCOL Loaded centrally within gauge except extreme width secured. GWR, 1939
EXLO Exceptional load with speed or route restrictions only. To be signalled by the special 'Is line clear?' signal 2-1-6. BR, 1980s
EXMO Expect road motors with goods for ..........
EXPAM Recommended expert examination of following. Will you arrange?
EXTENSO Cannot send relief. Make best possible arrangements for present.
FABEL Electric bells at .......... failed. Attend at once. GWR, 1939
FABRIC Must not exceed speed of .......... mph at/between .......... BR, 1980s NR, 2016
FALCON No trace of receiving the following.
FARET Third class return fare ..........
FARO Third class single fare ..........
FERLO Sailors (or soldiers) on leave travel as under on date named. Make all necessary arrangements as far as you are concerned and acknowledge receipt by wire.
FERN Other stock as wanted. GWR, 1939
FESTON Consignees cannot produce bill of lading: can we release? GWR, 1939
FINCH Following received different from invoice. Wire if we may deliver.
FIRBERTH Reserve first class berth on open saloon and wire number. GWR, 1939
FIRSLEEP A first class sleeping berth has been reserved on the following train to join at your station
FITRUCK Send suitable fitted truck(s) all speed to convey following article between points named. GWR, 1939
FLAMINGO Following wanted for market. Urge forward all speed. GWR, 1939
FLANDERS Engine and men working ..........
FLASH Give good advance notice of despatch to .......... GWR, 1939
FLEA Wire how you stand or what you are doing respecting ..........
FLEET Following traffic on hand. Arrange to work forward all speed.
FLORA How many more of the following do you require?
FOAM Have you any enquiry for ..........?
FOCAL Wire reply instanter. GWR, 1939
FOCUS Arrange to strengthen the undermentioned train or trains as shown. BR, 1980s
FOLIAGE The following additional amount will be charged for special haulage between the undermentioned points. GWR, 1939
FONET Referring to your telephonic communication.
FONET My/your telephone communication of .......... give date. BR, 1980s
FOOTEX BR sponsored football train. BR, 1980s
FORMAY Wire formation of .......... train commencing from engine. GWR, 1939
FORPEN Dispose of LNE and LMS vacuum fitted open wagons up to 12 tons capacity as follows; GWR, 1939
FORTON Cartage motor vehicle 4/5 tons carrying capacity. GWR, 1939
FOX Following said to have been sent you on or about undermentioned date by station named. Wire particulars of receipt and proof of delivery if effected.
FOYLE Referring to us for account.
FRANK Provide guard to work undermentioned train. ACK.
FREEDOM Vehicles buffer locked in following siding. Send man to free. GWR, 1939
FROG Following wagons detained at your station under load. Get them discharged at once and send today full written explanation of detention.
FUNCO Vehicle with funeral party and corpse.
FUNGUS No trace of forwarding the following.
FURNO Until further notice.
GAITER Contents of wagon .......... transhipped into wagon .......... and sent forward .......... GWR, 1939
GAMA your wire regarding .......... to hand and contents noted: letter follows per .......... train. (Add 'Report confirmed' or otherwise.) GWR, 1939
GANGES See undermentioned and secure traffic named.
GAREX Guaranteed excursion.
GARNET Following engine now ready. Wire when and how you propose to exchange for engine .......... GWR, 1939
GARON Undermentioned may travel as loaded described.
GARON Undermentioned may travel as described. BR, 1980s
GASCON Wire full dimensions and weight of traffic for which undernamed is applied for and say when actually required to load. GWR, 1939
GASSO Arrange for the undermentioned to be gassed at .......... GWR, 1939
GAZEL Your enquiry respecting following. Correct as received. You may deliver.
GETAMOV The following proposal has been submitted to me. Have special enquiries made. Write me fully giving your views saying if anything is known of the traffic and if it can be secured to our route, but it must be distinctly understood that you are not to quote the figure, or indicate what it is, to the public, until further advised. GWR, 1939
GLEN Short coal at undermentioned station. Send the following and wire me. GWR, 1939
GLOSSY Wire if you can send ..........
GOBI The following routing must be observed. GWR, 1939 BR, 1980s
GOLO Your wire of yesterday; or Exchanged wires of yesterday; or Your wire of .......... give date
GOLO My/your teleprint of .......... give date BR, 1980s
GOOSE Stop accepting following until further advised. BR, 1980s
GORIL Following not received. Say if any trace passing your station and how disposed of, or trace forward.
GOSLING Stop sending following until I wire you further.
GOSLING Cease forwarding the following until further notice. BR, 1980s
GRAB Arrange following witnesses to attend court to give evidence at time, date and place stated and acknowledge receipt by wire.
GRAZE The undermentioned will be exhibitors. Ascertain quickly their requirements i.e. number and class of vehicles, particulars of traffic, date and train traffic will be loaded.
GROVE Royal train carrying monarch (maximum security: 4 headlamps, bell code 4-4-4, double block, shunt other trains 10 minutes before passage, close public level crossings 15 minutes before, secure all horses, water columns, barrows, etc. and numerous other precautions). SR, from 1942 BR
GUITAR Wire particulars and confirm by letter.
GULL Your wire asking me to stop delivery of the following consignment received too late. GWR, 1939
GUM Refer to my wire of today; or Exchanged wires of today.
GWIN Travel main line only. GWR, 1939
HAKE Wire how many of undermentioned since received.
HALFEX Halfday excursion.
HALIBUT Fish expected to leave here today about following time. Will wire particulars on departure of train.
HANOVER The following train will be divided as under. Advise all concerned.
HARRIER Not received. Same remark from transfer station. Trace forward.
HAVEN Following ready for inspection. Send inspector. GWR, 1939
HAWK Following delivered on date named, and signed for by ..........
HAZARD Running lines and/or sidings mentioned on both sides of the load to be clear. To be signalled by the special 'Is line clear?' signal 2-6-3. BR, 1980s
HAZEL The undermentioned materials ordered from firm and on inspection notice quoted, which are urgently required, stated to be ready for inspection. Attend to this immediately and reply. GWR, 1939
HEBREW Following train is leaving here with assistant engine give no. or name of assistant engine and no. of vehicles on train. GWR, 1939
HEN Consignee resides outside delivery limits. Duly advised.
HERO The following stock shown on your return yesterday not recorded today. GWR, 1939
HERON Ascertain from guard of undermentioned train the destination of vehicles of the description and numbers given below, put off here without label on date named. GWR, 1939
HOLLY Following now in order.
HOOK Reserve first class compartment/s in undermentioned train. GWR, 1939 BR, 1980s
HORN Wire how many tickets issued by undermentioned train.
HOST Enquiry made by .......... for the undermentioned accommodation from .......... Wire number of room or rooms you can reserve and terms.
HOSTA Can offer the following room or rooms for .......... terms.......... Wire if accepted.
HOTLUN Have hot luncheon basket ready for ........... GWR, 1939
HUDSON Following since to hand.
HUMBER Put special train tail signal on following train for .......... GWR, 1939
HUMPEX Wagons or loads not to pass over shunting humps. BR, 1980s
HUX Send timber loaders to station named below. Timber waiting.
HYENA Look out for the following insured goods (or parcels) sent you by train named. Watch specially, until delivered to consignee, and wire proof of delivery.
IDES When will you be prepared for timber loaders?
IMAGE Wire instanter number wagons loco coal on hand. GWR, 1939
INCH Have invalid chair meet undermentioned train hence.
INCRA Including current authorised increase.
INDEM Have you obtained indemnity?
INDIA following traffic left for want of .......... GWR, 1939
INDUS The following horse or horses ill. Wire instructions. GWR, 1939
INFECTO The traffic hence per details below is infected with insect pests. Do not store in the company's warehouse. Wagon and sheets will require to be cleansed before being put into traffic again.
INSPEC Expert coming to examine ..........
INSUL Advise me by wire the place or places where insufficient clearance exists. GWR, 1939
INVAL Have invalid chair meet undermentioned train hence. BR, 1980s
INVICTA Ascertain if sufficient traffic to warrant excursion (or excursion facilities) and wire recommendation. GWR, 1939
JAB Wire distance for livestock to .......... GWR, 1939
JACKAL Following entered as under must not be delivered but held for further instructions. Wire whether consignee advised; if not, do not advise.
JAPAN Send on coal at once for ..........
JAY Expedite unloading of following traffic; empties urgently wanted.
JEM My wire of .......... give date GWR, 1939
JET Work to be proceeded with at once.
JIB Important consignment for shipment.
JIRAF Following sent you in wagon named said not to hand at destination. Say how disposed of by you and trace forward.
JOAN Running lines and/or sidings mentioned on the left-hand side of the load looking in the direction of travel must be clear, and no train signalled 2-6-2 or 2-6-3 must be allowed on the running lines and/or sidings on the right-hand side of the load. To be signalled by the special 'Is line clear?' signal 2-6-3. BR, 1980s NR, 2016
JOCK Write me fully today.
JORDAN The undermentioned colliery is without empty wagons. Send supply at once.
JUG Reserve the following accommodation for prisoner and escort. BR
JULIA How many of the following have you on hand?
JURY County Court summons has been issued by the undermentioned to recover amount stated for alleged .......... Report fully and send all papers and original documents immediately. GWR, 1939
KALE Your communication of date named respecting ..........
KALE My/your letter of .......... give date. BR, 1980s
KELT Instruct driver and guard of following train to stop at station named to take up or set down undernoted party.
KELVIN See CALVIN
KERN Board of Agriculture prohibit movement of swine in district in which your station is situated. See none accepted or unloaded thereat for forwarding or delivery during operation of order which takes immediate effect. GWR, 1939
KESTREL Following stopped for reason named; wire instructions for disposal.
KIMBO Excess must be kept to .......... side throughout. BR, 1980s
KIPPER I have advised all concerned.
KISH Undermentioned out for delivery today. Proof later.
KITKAT send full report on claims form, with all papers and original documents by next train respecting the following.
KOREA Have consignees at following address waited upon to inspect undermentioned, letting me have your report by return. GWR, 1939
KOSTIC Instruct driver of undermentioned train as follows.
KOSTO Senders cannot give any instructions. Get consignees to accept and make best of goods. Question of responsibility to be dealt with afterwards.
KUBAN Arrange to examine private locomotive at .......... GWR, 1939
LABIN Label and invoice.
LACER Must not use cross-overs between platforms. GWR, 1939 BR, 1980s
LAGOS Send engine to arrive .......... time .......... date to do shunting and work up .......... conditional and arrange guard to work same train. GWR, 1939
LAKE Arrange to provide inspector to travel with traffic between..........
LAKE Inspector to accompany between. BR, 1980s
LAMB Tender following again. Consignee will now accept.
LARK Following at your station, dispose of as under.
LASH The existing rate is too high.
LASLODE Wire particulars of last loaded journey of wagon .......... giving route and date. GWR, 1939
LATEX Wire now explanation of any time lost in your division by the undermentioned train. GWR, 1939
LEAF Undermentioned sent you for inspection. Say if claimed.
LEBA Following engine and men here taking rest. GWR, 1939
LEDGER Has the undermentioned a ledger account at your station?
LEDGER C Our cash or ledger transfer voucher as below, portion not received. Send it by first train and wire now whether accepted. GWR, 1939
LEDGER D Your cash or ledger transfer voucher received and accepted for last month. GWR, 1939
LEFPAS No train conveying passengers must be allowed on the running lines and/or sidings mentioned on the left-hand side of the load looking in the direction of travel, and no train signalled 2-6-2 or 2-6-3 must be allowed on the running lines and/or sidings on both sides of the load. To be signalled by the special 'Is line clear?' signal 2-6-3. BR, 1980s
LENS What licence is necessary for following?
LEOPARD May we accept for insurance the following consignment Carriers Act, goods valued £..........? What special arrangements are necessary? GWR, 1939
LIDU May resume light duty. GWR, 1939
LIFFEY Meet me on arrival of following train.
LIFOOT May resume on light footplate duty. GWR, 1939
LILAC Wire full particulars of forwarding following, giving date, reverence to invoice, etc.
LIMA Can you spare a horse for a few days? GWR, 1939
LIBNA Light engine left for .......... BR, 1950s
LINEAR Ordinary working now resumed.
LINGO Arrange for following engine to work .......... GWR, 1939
LINNET Wire how we must invoice and label traffic consigned ..........
LION Wire me where the following tranship or road van goods were put out and what signature is held. GWR, 1939
LISBON Wire what rates apply to undermentioned and if any additional charges. GWR, 1939
LIZARD Steamer ready for cargo, supply trucks required. GWR, 1939
LOANFORD The condemned sheets order per your wire fo undermentioned, hence as follows. GWR, 1939
LOBSTER Following packages London fish today approximate weight .......... tons. GWR, 1939
LOCKET Following articles luggage detained by Customs. Owner neglected to claim on arrival here ex boat and see same examined. Keys required.
LOCLAB Lock up and letter label.
LOCOMING .......... depot unbalanced engine no. .......... leaving here today working time PG or LE to .......... destination. GWR, 1939
LODEX Wire proposed method of loading and dimensions when secured. GWR, 1939
LODUP .......... empty crippled wagon loaded on .......... wagon .......... and sent .......... for repairs. GWR, 1939
LONGLO Long-welded rail train that does not require the imposition of conditions of travel. BR, 1980s
LONGPROJ Within the provisions of the standard instructions and tables for long and projecting loads in Section D3, Table D1 Green Pages, Working Manual. BR, 1980s
LONGPROJAX Within the provisions of the standard instructions and tables for long and projecting loads in Section D3, Table D2 Green Pages, Working Manual. BR, 1980s
LOON Cannot send relief horse. Hire if absolutely necessary. GWR, 1939
LOOT Undermentioned wagons of live .......... left here on train named. Work forward all speed.
LOUGH Shunting horse ill. Send relief. GWR, 1939
LUCERNE The undermentioned on duty at the following time travelling home as passengers per .......... GWR, 1939
LUDO The following hence with paid-on charges as under. Wire me if collected.
LUNBAS Look out for ........... luncheon or tea baskets on undermentioned train and return immediately. GWR, 1939
MACON Heavy demand for wagons. Do utmost to get all wagons standing under load your station released immediately.
MAGI Wire train, date and time of arrival and departure of following, explaining any delay.
MAGPIE Fish particulars today approximately .......... tons trawl .......... herrings .......... mackerel .......... GWR, 1939
MANGO May we accept the following?
MANLY Set of men as passengers in undermentioned train to for following train or light engine. GWR, 1939
MANX Wire immediately name of sender, number and kind of animals and floatage requirements. GWR, 1939
MAPLE Water .......... inches under head at .......... Arrange to let down what water you can spare and report. GWR, 1939
MARBLE The undermentioned materials ordered from your firm for station and on inspection notice quoted are most urgently required. Press firm on matter and reply now when will be inspected and forwarded. GWR, 1939
MARFOR To be marshalled next to the locomotive or immediately behind the fitted head. BR, 1980s
MARKIN Wire if any mark or anything to indicate sender
MARL Unable to meet you. GWR, 1939
MARREAR To be marshalled next to the rear brake van. BR, 1980s
MARROW Send opens, special and ordinary trains, to .......... GWR, 1939
MATER Engine stopped waiting following materials. GWR, 1939
MATIN Send break-down van first thing tomorrow morning. GWR, 1939
MEDICATE Undermentioned man may resume duty upon production of satisfactory medical certificate. GWR, 1939
MEDOC Arrange to be at my office at ..........
MEDWAY Arrange for the undermentioned to meet me on arrival of ..........
MEMEL Look out for important value (or insured) parcel hence by following train for undermentioned ..........
MERCURY Arrange following men's turns of duty as will permit of their attending inquest when called upon. GWR, 1939
MERLIN As requested, will meet ..........
MERSEY Can you meet me at following place and time?
MESSINA Wire turn of following engine for .......... GWR, 1939
META Round timber, 113 divisor. General railway classification conditions. GWR, 1939
METEOR Person knocked down at following place. Have all your engines which passed between undermentioned points examined to see if any traces thereon and wire result. GWR, 1939
MIDAS Valuable consignment leaves here by the undermentioned train and for the consignee and destination shown below. Take whatever steps are necessary to ensure safe transit and acknowledge receipt of this advice instanter. GWR, 1939
MIDASCARE Valuable consignment in charge of caretaker leaves here by the undermentioned train and for the consignee and destination shown below. Take whatever steps are necessary to ensure safe transit and acknowledge receipt of this advice instanter. GWR, 1939
MINREST Ensure men working .......... train obtain minimum rest of seven hours. GWR, 1939
MINT Undermentioned cannot take duty. Arrange.
MITO The following are the maximum acceptable dimensions at place named. GWR, 1939
MONA Will you make arrangements for your department to attend with witnesses, joint enquiry as follows?
MONFIRST for applications Please quote first-class monthly return ticket fare from this station to ..........
MONFIRST for quotations Your enquiry. The following is the first-class monthly return ticket fare from your station to ..........
MONTHIRD for applications Please quote third-class monthly return ticket fare from this station to ..........
MONTHIRD for quotations Your enquiry. The following is the third-class monthly return ticket fare from your station to ..........
MORLA Use may be made of main or reliefs and loops and refuges specified. GWR, 1939
MORN Advise me by wire before 9.0am if traffic is not received. GWR, 1939
MOSELLE Give matter special attention.
MOTH Following stations are supplied with stock named.
MULLET Following entered per our invoice (or waybill) said not delivered. Give date, proof of delivery, and explanation of any delay. If not to hand, state transfer point at which last checked.
MUSCAT Can you work undermentioned engine on following train date to change for engine? Reply. GWR, 1939
MYRE Refer to my wire of .......... give date. BR, 1980s
MYSTEX Mystery excursion. BR, 1980s
NAMOR Goods traffic of all descriptions except the following must not be accepted for conveyance until further notice. The excepted traffics named herein must only be accepted on condition that the company will not be responsible for any loss, damage or delay thereto. Note and advise all concerned.
NANTES Passenger holding undermentioned ticket undercharged, collect or obtain name and address. GWR, 1939
NAPO Round timber, 144 divisor. General railway classification conditions. GWR, 1939
NARD Wire now arrival and/or departure time of the following train, explaining any time lost. GWR, 1939
NAVY Standard ........... required for ........... naval ratings in train due at your station at ........... GWR, 1939
NECTAR Note and advise all concerned that passengers must not, until further notice, be booked to ...........
NENE Arrange to relieve undermentioned at place named working as stated. Signed on duty at ..........
NERO Send today the following to place named. Reply train sent by.
NEVA Wire name and address of ..........
NEWT 3.15pm fish train Milford Haven to Carmarthen left at .......... GWR, 1939
NIGER Wire full particulars of delay.
NILE Following not to hand.
NOCK Work not allowed to proceed. GWR, 1939
NOCLE Insufficient clearances exist at the following. GWR, 1939 BR, 1980s
NOCRED No credit allowed. Secure all charges before release of traffic. GWR, 1939
NOCTURN Arrange representative to attend meeting at undermentioned place in regard to .......... GWR, 1939
NODOC Not to go alongside goods wharves, loading banks or cattle pens. GWR, 1939
NOFOOT Cancel previous telegram regarding suspected outbreak foot and mouth disease near this station. Outbreak not confirmed. Revert to position which obtained before receipt of my 'outfoot' telegram. GWR, 1939
NOG Not to pass under load gauges. GWR, 1939 BR, 1980s
NONCLERE Clerestory roofed vehicles must not be used. BTC, 1958
NOPA Not to pass nor be passed by other out-of-gauge load. GWR, 1939
NORE Test weight of following carefully and advise. GWR, 1939
NOTCH Cannot accept owing to ..........
NOTLAB Following wagon (or wagons) on hand without labels. Are you short of it, or can you trace forwarding from your district?
NOTOGO Route restriction, do not send this train via this route. BR?
NOTRAMO Not to travel more than .......... add to code "30 miles" or whatever distance is imposed without stopping for examination by guard or accompanying Inspector. BR, 1980s
NOVAC Dispose of foreign cattle wagons not fitted with vacuum brake and foreign cattle wagons fitted with pipe only as follows. GWR, 1939
NOVEL We have on hand the following. May we forward?
NOWBOF Neither whistle nor bell with signal 'off' GWR, 1939
NOWBON Neither whistle nor bell with signal 'on'. GWR, 1939
NOWORB Neither whistle nor bell. GWR, 1939
NULAB Following hence labelled as under required at last station named. Alter labels and wire reply.
OAK Provide engine for ..........
OBDEM No facility for unloading except at station platform. Obtain signed indemnity from sender. GWR, 1939
OBDOS Obtain details from Divisional Control. BR, 1980s
OBI Will you finish with the crane today and if not, when?
OCHRE Following wagon detained at undermentioned with unsafe load. Arrange as necessary. Reply. GWR, 1939
OCTAVE Do not recommend excursion or excursion facilities in connection with undermentioned event. GWR, 1939
OGLO Out-of-gauge load where running lines or sidings need not be clear between points mentioned. To be signalled by the Special 'Is line clear?' signal 2-6-1. BR, 1980s
OHIO Send on all speed.
OLIVE Crane finished with; where shall we send it?
ONEGA Let me know what traffic may be expected today.
OPAL Following ordered on requisition urgently required. Supply immediately. Reply.
OPIUM Your message not understood. Wire full particulars at once. BR?
OPPOS Running lines and/or sidings mentioned on the right-hand side of the road looking in the direction of travel must be clear, and no train signalled 2-6-2 or 2-6-3 must be allowed on the running lines and/or sidings on the left-hand side of the load. To be signalled by the special 'Is line clear?' signal 2-6-3. BR, 1980s NR, 2016
ORANGE Unable to spare any water unless additional supply is received from higher reaches to help. Arrange. GWR, 1939
ORBIT Immediate quotation required to secure to rail. Wire assent.
ORDIS Following traffic tendered to wait order at your station. Have you disposal instructions and can you accept?
OREGON Crane and man will be sent as under; arrange with consignee as follows.
ORIGA following consignment ex you .......... contents declared as foreign manufacture. Wire actual country of origin with full details under th respective Export List headings. GWR, 1939
ORWELL Not to hand. Send copy first train.
OSAGE Send men here for undermentioned engine to leave at .......... GWR, 1939
OSTRICH Your invoice number (or waybill) ..........
OTTER Our invoice number (or waybill) ..........
OUDE Wire no. or name of engine working. GWR, 1939
OUSE Arrange to relieve undermentioned at ..........
OUTFOOT Owing to suspected outbreak of foot and mouth disease near this station, cattle, sheep, goats or swine must not be accepted for despatch from your station until further advised. If animals are received by rail they must not be unloaded until authorised. GWR, 1939
OVAL Our men .......... relieving following train. Trainmen resting here. Wire return train. GWR, 1939
OVUM 3.50pm fish train Milford Haven to Gloucester left at .......... GWR, 1939
OWL Invoice (or invoices) sent as follows.
PALM Report fully by next train with reference to delay, as follows.
PANTHER If following not delivered immediately sender threatens to throw on company's hands.
PARBLE The following paybills not to hand .......... Send by next train and write explaining delay, or if sent, forward copy. GWR, 1939
PAROT Send Parratt stretcher light .......... for use .......... Advise service sent. GWR, 1939
PARSEE Invoices duly sent. References to entries as follows. GWR, 1939
PARSPEC Unadvertised party special. BR, 1980s
PARVA .......... invalid party on Parratt stretcher from .......... to .......... date .......... Reserve one .......... class compartment and collect five shillings reservation fee. GWR, 1939
PATER Following material leaving .......... by .......... passenger train for repairs. Urgently required. GWR, 1939
PEACH Wire date, time and proof of transfer. GWR, 1939
PEACOCK Steamer due for following traffic, order trucks required. GWR, 1939
PERMAT Please supply following wagons for loading by engineering department at .......... GWR, 1939
PERMO Will this meet your requirements?
PERPOT Special train of potatoes, vegetables and other perishable traffic leaving Weymouth at .......... GWR, 1939
PETAL The undermentioned firm has no ledger account at this station - short credit allowed - send account for collection. GWR, 1939
PETRO Engine van and guard hence at .......... for .......... to work .......... to .......... Advise all concerned. GWR, 1939
PIASTRE Paid to station only. If consignees require you to deliver secure cartage charges fro them. GWR, 1939
PIKE Following missing. Have you any trace? If so, send to ..........
PILCH Wire address or full description and contents of following.
PINE Cancel the running of trains as under.
PINE Train(s) as under terminate(d) short of destination. BR, 1980s
PINK Can you deal with undermentioned traffic at station named for delivery? If not, say which is the nearest available station.
PINTAIL Wire me the state of your yard giving total number of trucks for each station. GWR, 1939
PIPER Wire now saying what additional stock is required for your use on ..........
PLAT Following goods found on hand without account. If from you wire instructions.
PLEJ Platform edges to be kept clear. GWR, 1939
PLYM Plymouth Ocean Special running under table .......... hence .......... GWR, 1939
POCKET Following sent you by undermentioned train.
POD Advise date and proof of delivery.
PONTEX Advise me by wire maximum acceptable dimensions at place named. GWR, 1939
POPPY Following transferred to undermentioned on date named and signed for by .......... GWR, 1939
POSY I am posting you today bill of lading as under. Secure, vessel now due.
POWEROME To assist in meeting urgent traffic requirements, arrange on this authority to work to home depots by best means during this weekend all foreign engines on hand having no balancing service, to ensure starting Monday's working under normal conditions. GWR, 1939
PREP Can you accept the following load subject to conditions to be stipulated later? GWR, 1939
PRETOTIA The following engine is now ready. Send men and tools to work it to .......... State time leaving. GWR, 1939
PRIDE Your reliefman undermentioned and mate being utilised here. GWR, 1939
PROGAR Wire me your proposals for guards' working in connection with the following trains. GWR, 1939
PROPOS Say for what purpose traffic required and where present supplies are obtained. GWR, 1939
PRUDENT Following wagon containing valuable damageable traffic hence per .......... train. Examine, handle carefully and wire forward.
PRUNE Bank engine required to assist the following train.
PRUSSIA Instruct undermentioned to proceed for duty to ..........
PUG Special of empty coaches hence to .......... at .......... on .......... All concerned advised. GWR, 1939
PUMPKIN Send opens, ordinary trains only, to .......... GWR, 1939
PYRO Carriage (or vehicle other than engine) off line at .......... GWR, 1939
QONOTO Quote by tonight's post adding rate not upon companies' rate books - kindly say when traffic will move.
QUAIL Following on hand at station named without address. Wire if you can trace passing or if wanted by you.
QUONITE Quote by tonight's post.
QUOTAX I have quoted arrival time at destination at ..........
RACER Wire service and route between points named for race horses running same day. GWR, 1939
RACER A Wire service and route between points named for race horses running following day. GWR, 1939
RACINE Rail motor will work in place of auto engine on .......... Arrange. GWR, 1939
RACOON Do you hold licence for cattle for ..........? GWR, 1939
RADIUM Am letting down all water I can spare. GWR, 1939
RAG Do you agree to times of trains as under?
RAILPIG Make all necessary arrangements and rail to .......... to arrive before .......... on date named.
RAM Not to pass or be passed by passenger stock on adjoining lines. GWR, 1939
RAMPA Must not pass nor be passed by any train in opposite or adjacent running lines between the following points. GWR, 1939
RANGLE Party waiting for information.
RASH Horse box with race horse, horse for breeding purposes or show traffic.
RATCHET Ascertain condition of load on arrival of truck, arrange careful handling, watch unloading and delivery operations. Report fully by letter cause and extent of any damage. GWR, 1939
RAVEN Your wire instructing me to hold the following consignment has been acted upon. Obtain indemnity and disposal instructions. GWR, 1939
REBUFF Service accepted. Make necessary arrangements for traffic to pass. GWR, 1939
REBUKE We can accept the following.
REDE Arrange and advise all concerned.
REDEX Received and delivered as entered, no excess here. GWR, 1939
REDOUBLE Reserve double bedroom for .......... LMS, 1930s
REGSHIP Registered tranship consignment for .......... loaded you truck .......... today. Arrange direct loading. Advise destination full details despatch ex you. GWR, 1939
RELIANCE Relying on your concurrence l have agreed.
RELOCO Engineman does not know road beyond your station; on duty as under provide engineman forward. GWR, 1939
REMAN Guard does not know road beyond your station; on duty as under provide guard forward. GWR, 1939
REMCOL Arrange packing and collection from house of undermentioned removal on date and time named.
REMDEL Arrange delivery, unpacking and housing of undermentioned removal on date and time named.
REMIN Wire charge for unpacking and housing .......... tons in .......... containers give no. and type at undermentioned address. If ordinary delivery charge does not apply, name out-boundary figure or packer's inclusive charge for delivery, unpacking and housing. State station to which containers should be forwarded.
REMLAB Following containers forwarded today with household removal for address given. Unpacking and housing not required. Charges will be paid by Ministry of Labour Employment Exchange.
REMOR Following containers forwarded today with household removal for address given. Unpacking and housing not required.
REMOUT Wire estimated weight and packing charge. If ordinary collection charge does not apply, name out-boundary figure or packer's inclusive charge for packing and collection from house. State station from which containers will be forwarded.
REMPAR Wire how we must label and invoice household removal in containers no., type and net weight to following address. Unpacking and housing not required. Quote extra charge for delivery if any.
REMSEE Arrange inspection at undermentioned address on date and time named.
REMSUR Wire estimated weight, packing charge and valuation for insurance. If ordinary collection charge does not apply name out-boundary figure or packer's inclusive charge for packing and collection from house. State station from which containers will be forwarded. GWR, LNER, SR, 1939
RENSWAN Please supply by return the following material to renew on stopped engine no. .......... type .......... old material hence with advice note to cover.
REPACKO Following detained packed with straw. Wire authority to repack owner's sole risk and expense. Senders are .......... GWR, 1939
REPAS The consignment as per following particulars is travelling under the Blue Arrow Passenger Train Registered Transit arrangements and all concerned must see that it is dealt with expeditiously and strictly in accordance with the special instructions laid down.
REPLEN Lavatory tanks require filling in following vehicle on train named. Be prepared to replenish. GWR, 1939
RESLAB Arrange to keep locked, labelled and reserved for party (or parties) named for return journey.
RESPAC Resume acceptance of traffic in strictly normal quantities for .......... BR, 1980s
RESPOND You may resume forwarding following.
RESSEC Reserve second class seat/s in undermentioned train. BR, 1980s
RESTCAR Conductor of restaurant car. GWR, 1939
RESTHIR Reserve third class seat/s in undermentioned train. GWR, 1939
RESUMP Cancel WARNPASS message. Working now in order. BR, 1980s
REWAY Reweigh or obtain weights owing to dispute.
REZONE Reserve first class seat/s in undermentioned train. GWR, 1939 BR, 1980s
RHONE Have you received the following?
RIALTO Following engine off the line at .......... GWR, 1939
RIBBLE Following goods per your invoice or correspondence quoted below, reported refused and lying here. Consignee will now accept. Wire if we may deliver.
RIFLE If not too late, divert undermentioned to place named and advise me when done.
RIGPAS No train conveying passengers must be allowed on the running lines and/or sidings mentioned on the right-hand side of the load looking in the direction of travel and no train signalled 2-6-2 or 2-6-3 must be allowed on the running lines and/or sidings on both sides of the load. To be signalled by the special 'Is line clear?' signal 2-6-3. BR, 1980s
RISKIT Wire exactly how goods were consigned and at whose risk.
ROACH Undermentioned on hand here with following defects. Send men to repair or wire instructions
ROADMO Wire immediately whether following consignment can be accepted by consignee by road motor and unloaded immediately on arrival.
ROADPIG Make all necessary arrangements for collection and throughout road transport to .......... bacon factory on date named.
ROAR All concerned have agreed to conveyance of .......... dimensions as follows from .......... to .......... BR, 1980s
ROBE Wire me state of weather at your station.
ROCKET Traffic or tranships usually sent to stations mentioned must not be diverted to any other station.
RODAP Send immediately copies of applications for licences shown in 'A' and 'D' No. .......... as follows.
RODENT Meet the undermentioned by train named.
RODING Arrange for engine working undermentioned train to return with the following. GWR, 1939
RODLI Complete forms re applications made by .......... for .......... licence
ROMEO Load to travel in accordance with restrictions on wide loads contained in the 1932 schedules: loads 10ft 6in to 10ft 9in wide. GWR, 1939
ROROB Road and Rail Traffic Act, 1933 - objection licence application following vehicles .......... being considered. Report immediately upon activities this haulier indicating traffics carried in competition with rail, districts served, etc. GWR, 1939
ROSE Send and reply train sent by, the following stock by passenger train to ..........
ROSLIN Cease acceptance of following traffic. GWR, 1939
ROTRA Road and Rail Traffic Act, 1933. GWR, 1939
RUDD Following missing from train named, said last seen at your station. Send to ..........
RUPERT State of weather ..........
RUSSIA The undermentioned is here in error and will be sent.
RUSTIC Wire when we may resume forwarding.
SACK What sacks can you let me have today?
SAGE Note and advise all concerned that parcels, etc. traffic must not, until further notice, be booked to ...........
SALAD Following entered to you and supposed to have crossed in transit. See consignee and ascertain if you received and delivered correct marks and numbers and wire me.
SALFO Collect saloon fee and issue card saloon ticket or excess receipt in accordance with general instructions.
SAMLET Sailings will be resumed as follows. All booking of passengers and parcels may be resumed.
SANTOI Send break-down van at once. GWR, 1939
SAP Keep me well advised.
SAPID Sailings as follow are suspended. Cease booking passengers and parcels.
SARCRO Load to travel in accordance with restrictions on wide loads contained in the 1932 schedules: loads 10ft to 10ft 3in wide. GWR, 1939
SATURN Wire when and where following will be held.
SAVO Sharp crossovers at the following places to be avoided. GWR, 1939
SAVO Crossovers at the following places not to be used. BR, 1980s NR, 2016
SCALE Collect excess from passengers in superior class in undermentioned train hence.
SCALLOP Your wire. Cannot supply omnibus for ..........
SCOOP Care to be exercised in loops and sidings. GWR, 1939
SCRUTINY Specially note condition when following consignment is handed to the company and report any damage. Arrange careful handling and loading. Wire particulars of despatch. GWR, 1939
SCUD Special working by engine belonging to following station hence at ..........
SEKU Endeavour to secure this traffic to rail at the best possible rate, not going below .......... Advise me the result of your efforts.
SENBIL .......... arrived with undermentioned. See consignee, secure and send us bill of lading.
SENECA The following traffic must, until further notice, only be accepted on the condition that the company will not be responsible for any loss, damage or delay thereto. Note and advise all concerned.
SENPA Please send your papers to undermentioned meeting to be held on ..........
SEPAL Note and advise all concerned that parcels, etc., traffic may now be booked as usual to ...........
SEPOY Wire if we may deliver the following goods claimed by undermentioned and see senders if necessary.
SERUM Wire truck no., point loaded .......... GWR, 1939
SERVIA Certainly sent to you; have further search made and wire result.
SESAME Keep signal boxes open Sunday as previously. Notice is being issued.
SHAKESPEAR .......... party .......... persons for Shakespeare Day tour. Stationmaster Leamington Spa to advise Motor Co. Stationmaster Stratford-on-Avon to reserve accommodation in 5.30pm ex Stratford .......... date. GWR, 1939
SHAMBLE Arrange to feed and water at .......... GWR, 1939
SHANNON No traffic on hand.
SHEAF Send the following for inspection to ..........
SHINO Steamship of following line or from following ports arrived or arriving here at .......... GWR, 1939
SHOE Wagon number .......... repaired and released .......... GWR, 1939
SHOUTO Steamship of following line or to following ports left or leaving here at .......... GWR, 1939
SHREW Wire what loco coal on hand for .......... GWR, 1939
SHRIMP Have undermentioned tickets sent here next train and debit this station through daily cash account 110. GWR, 1939
SHUNTEX Not to be loose shunted over a hump or along the flat. BR, 1980s
SIAM Arrived at scene of accident at .......... GWR, 1939
SIDON Loaded out of centre to six-foot side specify distance in inches. GWR, 1939
SILK .......... here without funds. Can you call at undermentioned address and collect fare, plus expenses as follows. Wire result at once. believed derived from "stranded individual location known BR
SINBA Men on duty. Single home basket. GWR, 1939
SISCO Scissors crossovers not to be used; other crossovers and junctions, including those to and from goods loops and refuge sidings, to be used with caution and at slow speed. Care to be exercised in marshalling yards. GWR, 1939
SIXATE Cartage motor vehicle 6/8 tons carrying capacity. GWR, 1939
SKITO Send following to first instead of second station named below.
SKUNK Secure connection with ..........
SKY Have you any account of the following being stopped for repairs since ..........?
SKYLARK Divert loco coal as follows.
SLASH Stop sending until further orders coal and coke to ..........
SLASH Stop accepting until further advised coal and coke to .......... BR, 1980s
SLATTERN Cannot agree to your proposal.
SLAV Following sent to undermentioned station. GWR, 1939
SLEBO Reserve first class sleeping berth for .......... ACK.
SLIGO The following train will stop instead of slipping at your station. GWR, 1939
SLIPPER Vehicles can now be slipped as booked.
SLOE Instruct driver and guards of under-mentioned train to stop instead of slipping vehicles.
SLOG Advise arrival time destination.
SLUMBER Up main line blocked. GWR, 1939
SMELT Have an omnibus ready on arrival of following train to go to .......... state name of person and requirements.
SMOKE Owing to fog in London Division restriction train service to operate in accordance with current fog-working notice. GWR, 1939
SNAIL We are now supplied with the following. GWR, 1939
SNIPE Send supply of loco coal first means.
SOITCH Shoe switch. GWR, 1939
SOKEN Stock engine no. .......... for following station working undermentioned train, urge forward. GWR, 1939
SOLO First class single fare ..........
SOMA Supply wagons to divisional engineer for stores sold material as ordered Stores Department Order dated .......... GWR, 1939
SONATA Send the following persons to Swindon for examination on date named. GWR, 1939
SORET First class return fare ..........
SPAIN Search for undermentioned and, if found, send as under and reply state train, class of carriage, brake van or luggage compartment
SPALLS Reply by next train.
SPATE Trains between following points may run at ordinary speed on and after date named. Withdraw restriction and reply. Believed originally a convenient word for which later a 'backronym' speed published and terminated early was developed. If so, this phrase has entered official use and now appears in the rule book GWR, 1939 BR, 1980s NR
SPEDUP Arrange to expedite the following traffic loaded to your station by train named for transhipment.
SPEDWAY Speed of trains required to be reduced to undermentioned miles per hour between following points on and after date named. Arrange and reply. BR, 1980s
SPEED Speed of trains required to be reduced to undermentioned miles per hour between following points on and after date named. Arrange and reply. GWR, 1939
SPEKO Following coal urgently wanted. Give preference over all other. Advise full particulars despatch. GWR, 1939
SPENO See special notice .......... insert number hence today. BR, 1980s
SPEY My communication of date named respecting ..........
SPIDER Following told to assist the stations named with the undermentioned.
SPINACH Let me know how you have disposed of the following or if still on hand.
SPLOT Special lot to pass by ..........
SPOON Demands heavy for goods brakes and trains being delayed in consequence of short supply. Send all you can to the following station. Wire how many and when they will leave.
SPROUT Send crane to load or unload following traffic now on hand.
SPUR Another reliefman is being sent your station. On his arrival send following to .......... by first train. GWR, 1939
SQUID Your communication. Accommodation for .......... reserved as requested. Wire if charges collected by you or to be collected on steamer. GWR, 1939
STADIUM Wire me whether requirements for following now met.
STAG Give marks and numbers and send all labels.
STAKEN Electric staff instruments failed between .......... and .......... Attend at once. GWR, 1939
STARLING 5.10pm fish train Milford Haven to Severn Tunnel Junction (London fish) left at .......... GWR, 1939
STARWORK Undermentioned man off since .......... with .......... reports ready for duty. Wire if he may resume. GWR, 1939
STAT Freight train statistics week ending .......... GWR, 1939
STAY A Send on all speed 1in copper stay, 6in long (unless otherwise stated) and taps and tools to suit. If more than one stay is required, number to be quoted GWR, 1939
STAY B Send on all speed 1116in copper stay, 6in long (unless otherwise stated) and taps and tools to suit. If more than one stay is required, number to be quoted GWR, 1939
STAY C Send on all speed 118in copper stay, 6in long (unless otherwise stated) and taps and tools to suit. If more than one stay is required, number to be quoted GWR, 1939
STAY D Send on all speed 1316in copper stay, 6in long (unless otherwise stated) and taps and tools to suit. If more than one stay is required, number to be quoted GWR, 1939
STAY F Send on all speed 114in copper stay, 6in long (unless otherwise stated) and taps and tools to suit. If more than one stay is required, number to be quoted GWR, 1939
STAY G Send on all speed 1516in copper stay, 6in long (unless otherwise stated) and taps and tools to suit. If more than one stay is required, number to be quoted GWR, 1939
STAY H Send on all speed 138in copper stay, 6in long (unless otherwise stated) and taps and tools to suit. If more than one stay is required, number to be quoted GWR, 1939
STIRRUP Send vet immediately to examine .......... GWR, 1939
STONE Traffic now being worked on single line.
STORK We have no trace of your invoice; send copy next train.
STORM How many of the following can you accept?
STOUR Following is the state of our yard at .......... GWR, 1939
STRAN The consignment as per following particulars is travelling under the Green Arrow Merchandise Train Registered Transit arrangements and all concerned must see that it is dealt with expeditiously and strictly in accordance with the special instructions laid down.
STRONGBOW Undermentioned train full from following place. Be prepared to strengthen it from your station. GWR, 1939
SUBCRA Subject to current authorised increase.
SUBTRIBE Subject to the approval of Railway Rates Tribunal.
SULTAN Train conveying load must travel on .......... line as follows. BR, 1980s
SULTO Can you suggest alternative routing or amended loading. GWR, 1939
SUN Special fog working London Division cancelled. Resume ordinary working commencing .......... GWR, 1939
SWALE Wire when following was or will be sent.
SWAN Please supply by return the following material for stopped engine no. .......... type .......... Requisition to follow.
SWIFT Send by next train certain to .......... GWR, 1939
SWINSPEC Arrange for Swindon inspector to supervise the loading of the above mentioned traffic. GWR, 1939
SYMBOL Reserve second class compartment/s in undermentioned train. GWR, 1939 BR, 1980s
TAGTAIL Dispose of spare stock as follows.
TAGUS Following hence today.
TAIL Make careful search for tail lamps and send to .......... next train, advising me by telegram or telephone number sent.
TAP Is accommodation available on coach ex your station on date named for the following number of passengers from my station to ..........? Wire number of seats booked. GWR, 1939
TARIFA Customs dues said to be payable by senders. Wire if we may debit you.
TARSUS Sender declines to give instructions. GWR, 1939
TAY Unable to send following ..........
TEABAS Have tea basket ready for ........... give passenger's name, train and coach GWR, 1939
TELCO Arrange to communicate with me by telephone on following subject. GWR, 1939
TEMPUS Send necessary details for notice at once. Am waiting to go to press. GWR, 1939
TENCH Following vehicles for stations named below are on train mentioned.
TENDRIL Can you find coaches for excursion as follows? GWR, 1939
TEVIOT We have on hand for the undermentioned train. GWR, 1939
THIRBIN Reserve third class berth on open saloon and wire number. GWR, 1939
THIRBO Reserve third class sleeping berth for .......... ACK.
THIRSLEEP A third class sleeping berth has been reserved on the following train to join at your station
THROSTLE Keep on hand for my order. BR, 1980s
THRUSH Deliver free and credit me.
TIARA Send undermentioned engine here attached to following train. GWR, 1939
TICK Following stopped for repairs.
TIGER Arrange for ballast train to run on date named for the following place, starting at .......... GWR, 1939
TINOT Ticket(s) not issued nor fee(s) collected.
TISSUE Ticket(s) will be issued here and fee(s) collected.
TIVY Undermentioned R.R. train runs today. GWR, 1939
TOCK Following will be released. GWR, 1939
TOGAN Supply the following items in your wagon application from stock available .......... GWR, 1939
TOLAT Traffic too late for shipment. Refer senders to shippers for further instructions. GWR, 1939
TOMAR Load to travel in accordance with restrictions on wide loads contained in the 1932 schedules: loads 10ft 3in to 10ft 6in wide. GWR, 1939
TOME No more to spare.
TONER Cartage motor vehicle 1/112 tons carrying capacity. GWR, 1939
TOOTON Cartage motor vehicle 2 tons carrying capacity. GWR, 1939
TORTUS We have the following to spare. Send disposal instructions.
TRAFOR Wire time, date and place following wagons handed Traffic Department for despatch. GWR, 1939
TRAL Travel slowly at .......... GWR, 1939
TRANSPEC Following wagons said stopped for repairs your station. If repairs cannot be effected immediately arrange transhipment. GWR, 1939
TREK Theatrical company named travels on date named between points mentioned. Wire best service.
TRELO The circular tour fare for following tour would be .......... GWR, 1939
TREND Following consignment hence in truck .......... Expedite delivery and time sent. GWR, 1939
TRILL The following alternative is suggested. GWR, 1939
TRIX With reference to your enquiry of undermentioned date, the following may travel loaded as described, subject to the following stipulations. GWR, 1939
TROY Instruct driver and remind guard of the following train to stop at station named to take up or set down undernoted party. GWR, 1939
TURBOT Be prepared to deal with following on undermentioned train.
TURKEY Return as quickly as possible undermentioned engine working or assisting following train. GWR, 1939
TURNIP Detain undermentioned until you receive further instructions.
TURTLE When did following stock leave?
TWEED Will send the following to station named.
TWIG Has the undermentioned a ledger account with this company? If so what station? GWR, 1939
UNCA Covered truck conveying motor car, unaccompanied by passengers.
UNDO Wire if undermentioned wagon still under load.
UNIT Following sent to you unentered in wagon named. Dispose of as under or wire how disposed of.
URANUS Have all engines which passed between places named examined with following result .......... GWR, 1939
URE It is important for following reason that undermentioned trains should be worked punctually. Do all that is necessary, so far as you are concerned.
USMAR Use may be made of main or relief lines. GWR, 1939
VACON Dispose of foreign vacuum fitted covered goods vans up to 12 tons capacity as follows. GWR, 1939
VAMP Tractor and trailer spare; can you employ at your station? GWR, 1939
VAMPEX Can you spare tractor and trailer for ..........? GWR, 1939
VANCO Van with corpse.
VANOC Following parties offered at .......... next Sunday. Note I have quoted times shown. GWR, 1939
VAPEX Can you spare motor lorry for ..........? GWR, 1939
VAPOUR Motor lorry spare; can you secure cartage for your station? GWR, 1939
VELOX Am proceeding to scene of accident with van at .......... GWR, 1939
VELVET Assist all possible and reply.
VENLO Special empty train running as under.
VERB Consignee requires full statement of 'paid on' charges; send full particulars.
VERBENA 'Paid on' charges are as follow.
VETO Until further advised no goods traffic of any description must be accepted for or forwarded to ..........
VIK Secure charges on following consignment before delivery.
VIOLET Note and advise all concerned that passengers may now be booked as usual to ...........
VIPER Following vehicle is now ready for use. GWR, 1939
VOLGA Reserve bed tonight for .......... LMS, 1930s BR, 1980s
VULTURE No trace invoice, verify particulars and wire delivery sheet number. GWR, 1939
WABOF Both bell and whistle with signal 'off'. GWR, 1939
WABON Both bell and whistle with signal 'on'. GWR, 1939
WAFER Wire train sent forward by you. GWR, 1939
WAGDEM Following wagons under load incurring demurrage.
WAGLAB Following wagon on hand here with conflicting labels as under. Wire correct consignee and destination.
WALAK Make all necessary arrangements, as far as you are concerned and acknowledge receipt by wire. GWR, 1939
WALNUT Make all necessary arrangements, as far as you are concerned.
WALTUM Make all necessary arrangements, as far as you are concerned and acknowledge receipt by urgent train message. GWR, 1939
WANBEL Both bell and whistle. GWR, 1939
WARNPASS Mishap has occurred at .......... location. Exhibit delay notice and warn passengers of possible delay/diversion. BR, 1980s
WASP Following loaded to you by undermentioned train hence; when empty send forward by first available train to place named and wire when sent.
WEDGE The following vehicle (or vehicles) to work through.
WEFT If not already done, withdraw from traffic immediately in accordance with boiler report.
WELLAND Arrange for the following persons to attend at ..........
WESER Say what arrangements have been made.
WHALE Is extra shunting engine required today? GWR, 1939
WIGWAM Shall you require timber loaders again tomorrow? If so, have you sufficient wagons on hand?
WILLOW I will make all necessary arrangements.
WINCH Have you received travelling crane?
WING Following still coming forward. Make stop effective at once.
WINGAGEX Within gauge in all respects except for .......... BR, 1980s
WIPART Your truck report not to hand. Wire particulars of stock on hand and required additional; also send me full explanation of delay.
WIRDEST Destination of .......... omitted from your daily stock return, wire or √ęphone particulars early. GWR, 1939
WIREX Wire me bookings by excursion to ..........
WISAD My requirements will be met with .......... advised as being on way. GWR, 1939
WISDAN Whistle although distant was off. GWR, 1939
WOBIN Marks and numbers are.
WODEN Daily next three days. GWR, 1939
WOLF Following, which left undermentioned station on date named is urgently wanted. If with you, forward to .......... Reply.
WONTO Wire first-class fare for circular tour as follows. GWR, 1939
WORGAN Following work will not now be carried out. Cancel all arrangements.
WORM Send all possible of the following to station named first means. Reply how many.
WORWAY Coaches worked away as follows. GWR, 1939
WOTEX What tickets are you likely to issue for following excursion?
YAM Following will be supplied on .......... GWR, 1939
YOKE Your (our) urgent train message of .......... GWR, 1939
ZENDIC Engine and men will leave at the following time for .......... GWR, 1939
ZOLA Can you send engine and men to undermentioned station? If so, state time leaving. GWR, 1939
ZONE Send sketch and full dimensions of undernoted. GWR, 1939

London & North Western Railway codes are available at this London & North Western Railway Society page.

Unofficial codes

Most of these code phrases were used on teleprinters together with the appropriate headcodes or over the phone at Birmingham New Street in the 1970s/80s.

Code Unofficial description
CRANKEX See KRANKEX
DRUNKEX Saturday night special train (usually a DMU) to and from Blackpool
KRANKEX Special train with interesting routing or traction code on occasion used in official publications
MYSTEX Special excursion going somewhere no one really wanted to go, especially on a wet Sunday e.g. Walsall to Cleethorpes (or vice versa) official code, see above, but unofficial description
Q-TRAIN Special run for the BTP travelling on local lines aimed at catching trespassers and vandals (but which usually only found academics doing weed surveys and similar) working timetable term for 'train runs as required'
WEEDEX Weedkiller train
XWARNPASS Severe WARNPASS i.e. the X prefix denoted a severe incident; used for example to communicate the 1988 Clapham accident

Notes

  1. Certain telegraph codes, notably CAPE and SPATE, were likely created as convenient words, the letters of which have no other meaning. Over the years a backronym has come into use, probably originally as a way to try to remember the meaning. Some such backronyms have entered official use in the rule book.