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Forum: Railwaymen

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

  1. Railway Lamp Boy

    I know the answer seems obvious but can anyone tell me exactly the job of a lamp Boy in 1905. My Grandfather Watson Allison aged 18 started work in 1905 as a Lamp Boy at Seaham Harbour Station Co Durham for NER. He progressed to Porter and by the time he retired in 1952 he was a Guard. Would he...

    Started by thehopefulrook‎, 05-04-2013 4:03 PM
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  2. Retirement age?

    Limited I'net access, may need a new modem. Meanwhile, can anyone tell me at what age a man b 1895 England would usually retire, other than early retirement under health or other circumstances? Chap was a Railway signaller E.Croydon box from about 1917( a guess), retired to Sussex, died 1964....

    Started by Waitabit‎, 12-03-2013 4:18 AM
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  3. Any Help Would be Appreciated

    I just stumbled upon this forum this morning and by reading previous posts, it appears I may be able to obtain some information on one of my great-greats who worked as a railway "platelayer". William Griffiths, born in and around 1830 in Hopesay, Shropshire, was listed as a railway platelayer on...

    Started by CrazyCanuck‎, 19-03-2012 6:01 PM
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    21-02-2013, 8:25 PM Go to last post
  4. Railway Records, Information

    I have no information really at which Railway my Grandfather worked. All i know is his name was Walter John Mahoney, known as Jack. He died in 1934 aged 48 and he lived at 113 Sheridan Road, Manor Park East Ham London. On his children's birth certificates it states that he was a porter and his...

    Started by Susan Kitchen‎, 02-05-2012 2:33 PM
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    20-02-2013, 12:08 PM Go to last post
  5. Railway Records on Ancestry

    I read somewhere that there is a fairly significant problem with some of the records on Ancestry, in that one of the Pre-Grouping companies involved has been wrongly identified. However, I cannot remember which one - does anyone know anything about this?

    Started by euryalus‎, 18-02-2013 2:59 PM
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  6. 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 8:28 AM
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    18-02-2013, 2:37 PM Go to last post
  7. 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 10:28 AM
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  8. 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 3:03 PM
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    16-02-2013, 3:28 PM Go to last post
  9. 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 12:58 PM
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    29-09-2012, 9:49 AM Go to last post
  10. 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, 9:33 AM Go to last post
  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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
  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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 5:16 PM
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  18. 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 7:52 PM
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  19. 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 8:24 PM
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    15-08-2011, 12:26 PM Go to last post
  20. 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 4:22 PM
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