While tending the Museum our Stewards speak to many visitors and hear their railway stories.
Recently a woman visitor told us of a clandestine visit to a busy loco shed. When she was a child her father was a loco driver and at that time engine crews were allowed, and probably encouraged, to bring their sons to see the locomotives and experience something of the life of the railway family. Only boys though.
Our visitor told how she and her sister had their hair tied atop their heads and covered with caps, put on trousers and jackets and, thus disguised, were taken by their proud father to see the locos; they both loved it.
In the past it was not uncommon for passengers to give a wave of thanks to the crew as they walked past the loco leaving the platform at the end of their journey. Recently a visitor who had been driving modern passenger trains told us that he had arranged to be transferred to hauling freight traffic because of the aggression and unpleasantness he had received from Passengers.
These and other stories are a very important part of the history of our railways and the Bluebell Railway Museum is keen to capture and preserve them. Since it would be difficult for the Museum Stewards to find time to document all the interesting stories they are told we have set up a system which allows visitors to send us their stories.
If you have stories or information about our railways which you think might be suitable for our archive please email them to us, attaching any supporting photographs, to firstname.lastname@example.org