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  • Alison,

    Here is a picture of a guard called Tom Phillips taken on the down platform of Blakesley Station probably around 1920, so it's not your ancestor but could it be a relation of his, son or nephew perhaps? He's the one with the shunter's pole. He was nicknamed 'Old Woster' as he hailed from Worcestershire and that's how he pronounced the county city's name. The other man was Albert Broomfield, Blakesley's station master.

    For more on Blakesley Station click on 'smj photos', select 'view albums' then look for 'Blakesley', for an article about Bob Salmons - Blakesley Signalman ( in the 40s/50s) click on 'index' then look down the list, there's other stuff headed 'Blakesley' in the 'E&WJR stations' section of the index and quite a bit about Blakesley station in the 1950s/ 60s in an article I did about The Last Days of the Pickup Goods.

    Best of luck with your researches.


    Dick Bodily

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  • Many thanks - my Great Great Grandfather (mother's family) was Tom Phillips who moved up the ranks at Blakesley Station to become Station Master by 1891 - he was in this position until his death in 1912. I have a quiet fascination with all our defunct railways, a yearning over those days of rail travel. My dad was a guard with British Rail.

    I am researching as I can - we stand on the shoulders as it were of our ancestors, I like to keep their memories alive.

  • Hello Alison,

    Welcome to the SMJ site!


  • Welcome Alison. Andy

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