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100 years of station master memories

From the 19th century right up until recently, the station master was the key authority figure in the railway station, with responsibility for all station staff. Large terminus stations and small country branch line stations were both managed by station … Continue reading

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Like father, like daughter: a railway family remembers

Throughout the Station Stories project, a recurring theme has been people telling me that they worked on the railways because their parents, grandparents, and sometimes even great grandparents did before them. Here’s one such story about a father and daughter … Continue reading

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A sneak peek at the Station Hall workshop

Although it might feel like the Station Hall redevelopment has been quiet of late, there has been a lot of work going on behind the scenes. The exhibits are now being produced, and this week we visited our propmakers’ workshop … Continue reading

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The dog who was a signalman, and other canine Station Stories

It’s not just humans who’ve got stories to tell. I’ve also gathered lots of station stories about man’s best friend. I’ve heard about lovable pups who were good travelling companions, and naughty scamps who’ve terrorised train drivers. Here’s a few … Continue reading

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How British Rail limited the butter on its sandwiches, and other Station Stories

Love it or loathe it, the provision of food by railway companies has always been an important part of the rail passenger experience. The fare on offer has varied from the luxurious hampers available to first class passengers in the … Continue reading

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Railway romance, fun, and mischief: Station Stories

Hello. I’m Steph and I’ve been volunteering on the Station Stories project. I’ve really enjoyed reading and listening to all the stories people have submitted. I’ve selected some of my favourites so far. I’ve read many lovely stories about romance … Continue reading

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Young and old connect at Sowerby Bridge for our Station Stories project

Last Monday we held a Station Stories story-gathering event at the Jubilee Refreshment Rooms in Sowerby Bridge. The refreshment rooms are housed in the north wing of the original 1876-built station building. Former station workers dropped into the Jubilee Refreshment Rooms to … Continue reading

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Station Stories: Gateshead Railway Club

As part of our ongoing Station Stories project we visited Gateshead Railway Club in pursuit of stories. We met a group of former railway workers who’d started work as young lads in the 1940s and worked together through to their … Continue reading

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Railway memories from Birmingham’s London Midland Railway Club Association, Tysley

Hello, I’m Verity and I’ve been working as an intern in the Exhibition and Design team for two months as part of my Masters course. I’ve been working on the Station Stories project. As part of this, I recently accompanied … Continue reading

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Railway station lost property: 3350 gloves, 2280 umbrellas, and live animals

Whilst doing some research for Station Hall, I stumbled across an article about lost property at railway stations, written by an HJ Prytherch in 1898.  He comes across as quite a stern chap, who didn’t take kindly to people leaving … Continue reading

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