Leicester Oral History Archive
Speaker: On the Railways, - , Interviewee, ,
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Summary of interview item: On the Railways. Compilation of interview extracts with railway workers from the days of steam trains. Descriptions of working on the railways, including the Liverpool - Manchester Express, Great Central Line, Midland Railway and Great Western Railway. Details the difficulties of finding employment on the railways, being an engine driver, signalling rules, including the 'Tablet' system used at Bourne, staff, ticket methods and the Midland Railway rule book. The different engines are recalled together with the changes in uniforms, brought about by the amalgamation of railway companies and the difficulties of achieving promotion as a driver. Severe weather conditions in 1916 and 1947 are recalled. The type of coal used and the procedure for going through tunnels are described. The railways during the Second World War and the bombing of trains are remembered. The use of horses and the different kinds of freight, including theatres, circus and farm animals are described. Contributors to the compilation are: Mr Webb, Mr Hastings, Mr Woodhouse, Mr Thorley, Mr Meadows, Mr Vaughan and Mr Cook.
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Location: County: Leicestershire, Lancashire, Cheshire,
Location: Town/Place: Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Bourne,
Periods Covered: 1900s, 1910s,1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 1/1/1989
Playing time: 57 mins
Access Restrictions: Restricted Item Copyright: EMOHA
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