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Railway Memorabilia

My earliest childhood recollection is of my mother pushing me in a pram and stopping at the level crossing in South Street, Bourne, Lincolnshire. What I now know was a tank engine, crossed over the road and then went back towards the station. I must have only been...

The Rainhill Trials

The idea for the Liverpool to Manchester railway was first suggested in 1822, as a faster and cheaper way of transporting goods from the textile mills in Manchester to the port of Liverpool. In 1824 the Liverpool and Manchester Railway Company was formed and George...

The Isle of Wight Steam Railway

My husband John was made redundant, at the age of 49, when the air conditioning firm where he had worked for 30 years closed down and relocated to the mainland. After trying desperately to find another job, and being told, “Sorry, you’re too old”, he decided he would...

On the road

My father was in haulage all his life. When he started work in 1913, at the age of twelve, it was in a quarry burning limestone. After a few years he went on to be a stable lad, looking after the cart-horses. A few years later he became a carter. We often talked of...

Great Great Grandfather’s Snuff Box

Well, at least I think it’s a snuff box, but it may well be a pin tin, and that’s not the least of the unanswered questions surrounding this little box. About half a century ago (ouch!) I went to stay with an ‘honorary’ aunt, at least I presume she was...