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LIFE AND TIMES OF THE STATION MASTER

- May 2007
by David Holmes
ISBN 978-1-857942-82-8
Book 23.8cm x 17.2cm Softback 128 Pages 100 B&W Photographs
Publisher: Silver Link Publishing
Availability: No Longer Available

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The post of Station Master is one that, like many on the modern railway, has disappeared, and details of the many and various duties, responsibilities and everyday jobs that went with it will disappear too if they are not recorded. David Holmes rose to the post of SM in the 1960s, so is eminently qualified to describe the evolution of this once very prestigious grade. Using many photographs and items of ephemera, he outlines the emergence of the Station Master's role from the earliest days and describes the job – training, pay, promotion, conditions of employment, rules and regulation, duties and responsibilities – as well as the social side of things in the days when every station had a considerable staff. He describes relationships with other members of staff, both on the station and in other areas, and takes us through a typical ‘day in the life'. ‘Station Masters' ceased to exist in February 1970, and this is a unique record of a lost way of life whose gradual disappearance was overshadowed by more dramatic railway developments following the end of the Steam Age.

Contents

  • Introduction
  • 1 – A Station Masters Job
  • Advertising of Station Master Posts
  • Promotion
  • Pay
  • Training
  • Conditions of employment
  • Duties and responsibilities
  • Social activities
  • On Call and call-outs
  • Traffics dealt with
  • Small Stations
  • Stations in industrial areas
  • Unusual and little-known operating matters
  • 2 – Relationships with other staff
  • Supervised staff: platform and signalmen
  • Supervised staff: inside
  • Large passenger stations
  • Other departments
  • Higher level: District/Divisional
  • Mangers Office
  • Control Office
  • 3 – A typical day in the life of a Station Master
  • ‘What a station master should check’
  • ‘The Ideal Station Master’
  • 4 – Official Publications
  • Conclusion
  • Index

Continent: Europe
Country: UK

 

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