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Railway Reminiscences: Notes on a Railway Superintendent's Life

BY GP NEELE - Late Superintendent of the Line of the LNWR, McCorquodale & Co. Ltd., 1904







This book is a reproduction of an important historical work.

George Neele, as a regular attender at Railway Clearing House meetings had a ringside seat to record every major development in railway operating, telegraphs, signaling and braking systems.

These were not mere po-faced gatherings either. Conviviality accompanied the “sherry and sandwiches”, no meeting could be regarded as complete unless Mr. Salt and Mr, Pepper had been “mustered” and these responsible gentlemen, at a time when smoking anywhere on board a train was illegal, would prop the most cadaverous looking member of their group up in the corner by the door to their compartment, with his jaw tied up with a handkerchief, to ward off any “civilian” passengers, so that pipes and cigars could be enjoyed en route to meetings.

As Superintendent of the Line, Neele was in effect Chief Operating Officer, and solely responsible for all aspects of the passenger business, timetables, provision of guards, efficient movement of G.P.O traffic, signaling, publicity and the promotion of tourism.

Freight traffic was the responsibility of the Chief Goods Manager, of great importance later, but in the early days of Neele’s career, very much an also ran. When first approached to accept coal traffic, the response of the London & Birmingham railway was one of horror. “Coal! They will be wanting us to carry dung next!”

Coal was reluctantly accepted, provided that the wagons were sheeted over, so that passengers could not see what they contained.

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