As a newcomer to WDYTYA, I have been browsing through the forum pages (fascinating stuff!) and have come across your 2008 posts regarding Sue Johnston's ancestors' railway connections. I remember the programme and, being a bit of a railway nut (steam age!) myself, was intrigued by the family stories regarding the involvement of 'Flying Scotsman'.
Since it became apparent that Sue johnston's grand parents worked on the Midland Railway and LMSR at Carlisle I have often wondered if her family had confused Scotsman with LMS no.6100 'Royal Scot' which would have been thrashing up and down the west coast line through Carlisle at about that time.
What do you think?
On another matter, I too have a railway ancestor and there is a bit of a mystery about him as well upon which I would appreciate some opinion.
My great grandfather, James Adams, was born into a family of brick and tile makers in the Potteries in 1854. According to the 1871 census, he was working in Stoke as a railway clerk. Some time soon after, he must have moved to Derby as, in June, 1873 he married my great grandmother at St Werbergh's church there. On December 31st, 1873 (!) she gave birth to my grandfather, also called James.
Now here comes my query - according to grandfather's birth certificate, he was born in the village of Snarestone in Leicester. At the time, a new station had been opened to serve the village (Ashby and Nuneaton Joint Railway worked jointly by the LNWR and MR, later LMS) so I assume that great grandfather James worked there. But what intrigues me is that grandfather James's birth certificate gives 'Occupation of father - stationmaster' !
Great grandfather James was 19 years old at the time and this seems a very young age to have achieved the auspicious heights of stationmaster even at a pretty quiet wayside station. Would this have been possible or had James senior got ideas above his station? (Sorry!)