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Forum: Railwaymen

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

  1. Smile Railway Worker and the Army 1914-18

    Can anyone help. My grandfather is described on my father's birth certifcate as a Railwayman (ex Army). My grandfather was born in 1898 and died in 1924 - in Grimsby Lincolnshire. How can I find out details of my grandfather's army career? Could he have been enlisted in the army as a...

    Started by melsibob‎, 27-10-2007 1:17 PM
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  2. Smile Engine Driver

    My great great grandfathers son mathew was an engine driver he worked either in carlise or middlesborough his name was mathew scott born in 1851 .where could i find information about him any help gratefuly recieved

    Started by sheila51‎, 12-08-2006 2:46 PM
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    25-10-2007, 12:17 AM Go to last post

    Hello from South Africa. I am interested in finding out more about my great grandfather JOHN SUTHERLAND who lived and worked at Watten Station during the 1870's, and who was married to MARJORY DUNBAR. Marjory died there and he later emigrated to Cape Town, South Africa were he worked for the South...

    Started by Roni‎, 18-10-2007 8:44 PM
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  4. Robert Lee, Platelayer

    My gt-gt grandfather, Robert Lee, was born in Barnsley abt 1815, the son of a miner. By 1851 he was in Sussex working as a platelayer. In 1860 he was in Carentan, Normandy. In 1881 he was in Liverpool, still a platelayer. Could anyone suggest which railway companies he might have worked for,...

    Started by Pearcey‎, 09-10-2007 3:28 PM
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  5. Question on what you look up please

    Hello I was wondering if this area dealt in the search for ex employees of the Queensland Government Railways after 1926 and possibly the NSW Government Railways. I have a grandfather who is a solid brickwall and he was an employee of the Qld Govt Railways up until 1926 and then the trail goes...

    Started by Omega‎, 29-09-2007 11:51 AM
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  6. Was it usual......?

    Was it usual for railway workers to move around the country alot. In the 1880's i have a few relatives who worked on the railway (not sure exactly what they did) they seemed to move around the country alot!:)

    Started by leannehdack‎, 26-09-2007 9:21 AM
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  7. number taker

    Hi, On the 1881 census the occupation for 19 yr. old Frederick Millard is, 'number taker Mid. Ry. (oth Raily)'. He's in Finedon, Northants. I presume Mid Ry is an abbreviation of Midland Railway but I don't know what a number taker does exactly or what the bit in brackets refers to. Any...

    Started by Angelaj‎, 21-09-2007 10:56 AM
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  8. From London to Liverpool in 1876, how long did it take?

    In 1876/7 my great grandmother travelled from Southwark in London to the Theatre Royal in Liverpool to begin her professional acting career. I am trying to write up this part of the history and would like to know how long it would take. Oh and would she have had to change trains? how often? ...

    Started by Ladkyis‎, 30-08-2007 1:35 PM
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  9. emigration from Yorkshire to British Columbia

    Hello Does anyone know if there was a scheme in the early 1900s that enabled railway men to emigrate to Canada? My great uncle was a porter in 1901 and boarded near Sheffield he went to Canada and worked as a checker on the canadian pacific. I have heard that workers in some jobs were given help...

    Started by kath‎, 19-01-2007 7:42 PM
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  10. Question mekines railway line mantiace company

    im looking to get some more info on a norman james lonhurst how work for a company called mekines they lays the lines and repaierd the i gess as norman had a fatila accident at work were a sleeper fell on him . sam

    Started by phoenixerising‎, 18-11-2006 5:27 PM
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  11. Post mathew scott

    How can i find out about Mathew he was engine driver possibly in middlesborough he was born in carsile and moved with his parents to middlesborough i,m stuck his parents were francis and mary scott from scotland hope some one can help thanks in advance ...

    Started by sheila51‎, 01-10-2006 5:53 PM
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  12. Railway companies in staffordshire

    Between 1851 and 1881 my G grandfather moved from Fenton to Madeley and then to Wolverhampton.He was an engine driver.Could anyone give me any advice as to what company he may have worked for and whether any records are likely to exist Thanks.

    Started by mich‎, 21-09-2006 5:06 PM
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    26-09-2006, 6:09 PM Go to last post
  13. Red face Henry Merrison: From Principal of Railway Department, East Smithfield ... to France?

    I wonder if anyone can help me solve a family myth because if I have discovered anything in my researches it is that each myth contains at least a little grain of truth ... until a year or so ago I knew one of my great great grandfathers was "something to do with the railways" and indeed discovered...

    Started by lindsayclubb4‎, 01-12-2004 1:02 AM
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    25-07-2006, 8:20 AM Go to last post
  14. Smile John Lloyd

    My name is Francis Calvert. I am researching some ancestors who worked on the railways. They lived in Manchester and Huddersfield at the time. I was wondering which line they would be most likely to work on. They were Father and son both called John LLoyd. John LLoyd the son is my great Granddad,...

    Started by Francis Calvert‎, 12-07-2006 12:01 AM
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  15. Purley Station,Surrey?

    Can anyone help me with a brick wall and help me find information about my grandfather please? All I know about him was that his name was William Haynes, he worked on the railway possibly based at Purley.On my mothers marriage certificate 1947, he was a railway inspector?? and on my Grandmothers...

    Started by Lucy-Anne Cranmore‎, 12-03-2006 10:35 PM
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  16. Smile Photo's Bleasby Station Nottinghamshire

    Hi I am appealing to any one with old photo's etc, of Bleasby Gate House & Railway Station, my 2 times Great Grandfather George Williamson was Station Master there for many years he lived there with his family till he died in 1901, can any help with any copies of old photo's or documents relating...

    Started by Beryl Barnes‎, 07-05-2006 3:56 PM
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  17. working on the railways

    Hi I started working for British Railways during the 1970s, my first working day come as a shock I imagined that I had gone back in time. The workshop was a old Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway building, formally used as a warehouse, you could even smell the horses, that had been stabled below...

    Started by Steven Hill‎, 19-12-2004 6:10 AM
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    29-04-2006, 9:57 AM Go to last post
  18. Wink LACEY on IOW railway info wanted

    My g grand father Joseph G LACEY, grand father Joseph Lacey, several LACEY great uncles, worked on The IOW railway. I have some info from BMD certificates ,census & newspapers , And I have located the staff records at The National Archives Kew , I cant view them on line , & getting there is a...

    Started by Ann E‎, 04-04-2006 5:12 AM
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  19. milburn

    my grandfather worked for the great western railways in swindon wilts, name was Thomas Milburn.....i know its a long shot but he was there during ww2 i believe, if anyone has info i would appreciate it.....................Derek Milburn

    Started by dbmilburn‎, 25-02-2006 2:53 AM
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  20. Post Porter>Shunter>Labourer in ascending censuses

    I found my ancestor (great grandfather) as a Porter at age 22 in the 1881 census. In the 1901 census he was a Shunter and finally in 1913, on his sons marriage certificate, a Labourer. I would like to know, if as a labourer, would he still be working for the railway (was there such a thing as...

    Started by Shannon‎, 31-01-2006 4:47 PM
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