Did you know? - offences by Victorian staff

There are railway workers among the ancestors of our family tree and at one point I went to Kew Record Office to look at the original records of the Southern Railway. I didn’t find anything to help my researches but I did make notes of some fascinating bits of information that brings those bygone days alive.

General offences:
Drivers – running short of steam.
Fireman – keeping engine bell in dirty condition

William Coomber Sept 1879.
Offence:
Fined 1 weeks pay for letting off fireworks on Kemp Town Branch causing unnecessary correspondence.

William Hine of Newhaven – Brighton- Fratton
Born 1850. Date of entering service Sept. 1866.
Offence:
Continually losing time with his trains for mismanagement.

Alfred Pelling
Born 1857. Entered service 1874 as cleaner. Fireman 1876. Driver 1884.
Offences:
1875 fined 1 days pay for running hosepipe through broken window in cleaners room onto cleaners locked in.
Overshooting platform.
Mis-management of engine.
Resigned on pension 1912.

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