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Forum: Railwaymen

Did your ancestor work on the railway? Also for discussion of the different railway companies.

  1. 40 years service - no record

    My Grandfather - Edward Jackson (b. 1887) joined the the Lancashire & Yorkshire railway in 1904 or 5, and had continuous service through to 1945, when he died, by which time it had become the London, Midland & Scottish railway. For the greater period he was an engine driver and 'motor man' based at...

    Started by Peterjay123‎, 27-04-2012 9:28 AM
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  2. MARTIN LMS Railwayman

    My paternal uncle (1906-1984) served with LMS. He went on to become the Kentish Town stationmaster.

    Started by Prussian‎, 27-04-2012 11:28 AM
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    18-02-2013, 9:47 AM Go to last post
  3. I'm New To This

    Hello, I've never had to use the railway records before as I've never found an ancestor employed by them but I have one now and need a bit of help. I have a William Howick in the 1851 census as a labourer living in railway cottages belonging (I presume) to the London, Brighton and South Coast...

    Started by AudreyF‎, 05-05-2012 4:03 PM
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    16-02-2013, 3:28 PM Go to last post
  4. Angry railway accidents. Death on the track

    Hi, I am absolutely stuck with details of the death of my G.G.F. and as he has such an unusual christian name it beats the hell out of me. He was NEHEMIAH COOK, born 29 Mar 1839 in NEWPORT PAGNELL. He worked as a platelayer and from my F. I believe he died in an accident on the line to the N. of...

    Started by capncook‎, 05-05-2005 1:58 PM
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    29-09-2012, 10:49 AM Go to last post
  5. found some photos

    Have been having massive sort through my dad's old photos and found the following. The smaller group photo centre is my grt uncle John, we haven't recognised any in the other photo yet but know several family members worked at Paddington. Grt uncle John was a fireman (?) I think. ...

    Started by Abbreviation‎, 05-03-2011 10:50 AM
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    22-09-2012, 10:33 AM Go to last post
  6. Railway records

    It's been a while since I had my Ancestry subscription but I notice people are talking about Railway records being available. I've got 2 different ancestors I'd be interested to know if records exist for them and frankly, whether there is enough useful information to pursue. Can anyone help let me...

    Started by piggolo‎, 07-02-2012 12:27 PM
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    01-03-2012, 9:11 AM Go to last post
  7. Senior in GW Rly

    I have found an ancestor in the 1901 Irish Census. An English Presbyterian married to an Irish Catholic lady. His employment is listed as 'Senior in G W Rly'. I wonder if anyone could tell me what this job was and why he would be in Dublin. Thank you.

    Started by ForEverEngland‎, 20-12-2011 12:34 AM
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    01-03-2012, 12:34 AM Go to last post
  8. Henry William Clarke born 2 Dec 1885

    I am looking for any old photographs or information on great grandfather Henry Wiliam Clarke who I believe worked on the Great Western Railway Coaches in 1901 as a signwriter. I am looking for employment details...as much info as I can get please!

    Started by Johanna‎, 23-02-2012 8:39 PM
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    23-02-2012, 11:29 PM Go to last post
  9. Question for a Railway expert

    I'd love to find the relevant railway records for my ancestor but not sure which area to look in. His census detail always stated Railway Guard and he lived at the same address in the parish of St Pancras London for circa 30+ years, from around 1870. First question... 1870 seems quite early....

    Started by piggolo‎, 10-02-2012 3:05 PM
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    11-02-2012, 2:32 PM Go to last post
  10. William Lobb- Railway Navigator Crewkerne,Som

    I'm looking for William Lobb born abt 1824 who married Mary Ann Blight in Devon but later moved to Crewkerne in Somerset. The 1861 census put his occupation as a Railway Navigator - does anyone know what this is, or what would have been his duties? Any Information would be appreciated. Many...

    Started by forestlea65‎, 09-02-2012 9:57 PM
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    11-02-2012, 10:59 AM Go to last post
  11. Question BURMA RAILWAY CO

    My G uncle worked for the Burma Railway Co 1912-1915 is it possible to find any info on this? Thankyou Mike

    Started by Mike Fear‎, 12-01-2012 9:33 PM
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    12-01-2012, 9:45 PM Go to last post
  12. Plate-Layers

    In case anyone's interested I have a copy of The Graphic dated September 4th, 1880 which has a long paragraph about Plate-Layer's duties and wages.

    Started by Browneyes‎, 16-03-2009 6:16 PM
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    14-09-2011, 10:57 PM Go to last post
  13. GWR and LNWR pay rates

    Just a general question which I'm sure somebody will know the answer to. On the railway records on ancestry it gives pay rates. Is this a weekly pay rate? If so is it weekly for both GWR and LNWR? Many thanks.

    Started by noytd‎, 25-08-2011 8:52 PM
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    25-08-2011, 10:27 PM Go to last post
  14. 1891 Census Address.

    I have showing on the 1881 census a relative living at 5 Foundry Street,Warrington. His employment was signal man employed by the CLC who had a station within a short walking distance of this address. By 1891 he had left this address and moved with his work to Toxteth. I have been looking at...

    Started by Geoff Wycherley‎, 14-08-2011 9:24 PM
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    15-08-2011, 1:26 PM Go to last post
  15. Railway staff records on Ancestry

    Lots of UK railway staff records have just appeared on Ancestry. Their blurb says: The most common record type in the database is a staff register. Others include station transfers, pension and accident records (which can include death date), apprentice records (which can include father's...

    Started by Coromandel‎, 04-08-2011 5:22 PM
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    07-08-2011, 10:10 PM Go to last post
  16. Lookup please

    I generally don't ask for lookups for on Ancestry or FMP (if I want to find something I either buy PPV credits or take out a one month subscription), but in this case I'm not sure if there's likely to be enough information to justify the cost. I see that Ancestry UK has recently added some Railway...

    Started by CanadianCousin‎, 05-08-2011 5:35 AM
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    05-08-2011, 3:57 PM Go to last post
  17. Mystery Death of Local Retired RAILWAY-WORKER

    1960 was told by Family in passing that a retired Railway-Worker Uncle had been found dead in his Raiway- Cottage in, Pickering N/Yorks. seemingly murdered. I chased up a few years back but the paper declaring was defunct and sold on and no records survive. I would like to find details but don't...

    Started by wozcav‎, 06-07-2011 4:54 PM
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  18. Railway Porter

    Apologies if I should know the answer to this question. I have read through the posts but as usual I never feel confident that I know what to do. I have a great uncle Albert Godfrey who worked as a railway porter. He lived 1883-?1949. We have photos of him in his uniform and his occupation...

    Started by Elma‎, 01-07-2011 11:11 AM
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    04-07-2011, 9:15 AM Go to last post
  19. Signalman at Redcar Cleveland signal box

    Trying to trace the name of the Redcar signalman who shortly after retirement in the 1940's committed suicide by walking in front of the Redcar to Darlington train. This is the only information I have other than he lived at 85 Queen Street Redcar and his wife's name was Anna. Anna is thought to a...

    Started by Blacklock‎, 10-05-2011 1:05 PM
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    12-05-2011, 5:03 PM Go to last post
  20. Train Engine Driver Lancs/Yorks Death

    I am trying to find out more details about my 2nd great grandfather who was according to my great grandmothers registry entry of marriage on Oct 12 1897 was called JOHN MERCER and gave his occupation as Engine Driver and was deceased, the reason I have put him both as LANCASHIRE AND YORKSHIRE is...

    Started by Jacolemi‎, 27-04-2011 6:52 PM
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    27-04-2011, 8:09 PM Go to last post

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