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Modellers interested in or looking to recreate suburban rail services on the Great Eastern section will find much of interest on this Facebook site. In 1920, the Great Eastern Railway completely overhauled and intensified its suburban rail services from Liverpool Street, and also introduced a colour-coded system that differentiated first and second class coaches (yellow & blue banding) and had specifically coloured boards on the guard’s van to indicate the train’s destination.

The lurid colour scheme that resulted was described as ‘jazzy’ in the common parlance of the day and led to the whole operation being nicknamed ‘The Jazz Service’. The nickname and the intense service continued under both the London and North Eastern Railway in 1923 and British Railways after Nationalisation in 1948, right through to the final withdrawal of steam traction in 1962 and beyond.

On this site you will find historical photographs, information and, most importantly, anecdotes from the fine Chaps that actually operated Jazz lines, and from others who grew up with, remember or just love The Jazz Service. New members and contributions are welcome within the context of three simple rules; Relevance, Courtesy & Respect.

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