Patrolling the permanent way, Manningtree, Essex, May 1948
A ganger patrolling the permanent way, Manningtree, Essex, May 1948. Maintanence of the permanent way was essential for the safe running of the railway. The ganger checks the sleepers, the fastenings of the chairs holding the rails, the tightness of fishplates and the size of the gap between the rails. He carries a hammer for knocking in loose keys securing the rails in their chairs. Photographer Cyril Herbert was one of the few enthusiasts who produced studies of railwaymen. Herbert worked on the railway himself and took this photograph while on duty.
Ipswich station, about 1911
Ipswich station, about 1911. View from Ranelagh Road Crossing signal box looking towards the main line. Branch to lower goods yard in foreground, locomotive coal wagons against stops. There are Great Eastern Railway horse boxes and a passenger train cattle box in background reception sidings.
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Kings Cross station, departure of the Coronation service, 1937
King's Cross station, Great Northern Railway. Looking into the station. A4 class locomotive number 4489 Dominion of Canada is about to depart the station with the trial run of the Coronation service, on 30 June 1937. A crowd has gathered to mark the occasion.
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