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Postby DocRock » Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:30 pm

Hi

My grandfather told me before he passed away that his father was a guard on the Barry & Penarth railway. I was wondering how I can find possible records to verify this.
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Re: Railway records

Postby elsabels » Sun Jul 29, 2018 9:24 pm

Some Railway records are on ancestry: UK, Railway Employment Records, 1833-1956

This may have been operated by GWR
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Re: Railway records

Postby AdrianB38 » Mon Jul 30, 2018 3:39 pm

Nearest I can see to the "Barry & Penarth railway" is the Cardiff, Penarth and Barry Junction Railway - see https://www.railscot.co.uk/Cardiff_Penarth_and_Barry_Junction_Railway/. This was opened in 1887 - presumably by its own company - then taken over in 1889 by the Taff Vale Railway. In 1923, the Taff Vale was absorbed into the Great Western Railway. Part of the line is still open to Penarth. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penarth_railway_station

According to David Hawkings' Railway Ancestors, there are no known staff records from the CP&BR.

There are some staff records from the Taff Vale at the National Archives at Kew in class RAIL 684, and plenty from the GWR in various classes. Two GWR pieces catch my eye - RAIL 264/305 & /306

Reference: RAIL 264/305
Description: Register of men (late Taff Vale rly.)
Date: 1895-1923
Held by: The National Archives, Kew


Reference: RAIL 264/306
Description: Register of men (late Taff Vale rly.)
Date: 1886-1923
Held by: The National Archives, Kew


Both are noted as "available to download from Ancestry". Your best bet is simply to search Ancestry using the index. Depending on when GGF joined, he might have started working with the GWR, in which case he won't be in the RAIL 264/305 & /306 pieces anyway.

I have no idea how comprehensive the RAIL 264/305 & /306 pieces are for ex-TVR staff still around in 1923. And I have no idea how comprehensive the GWR records are for staff who started their careers with the GWR.

Best of luck.

PS - I also have my doubt that Ancestry have imaged and indexed as much as they claim of the railway staff records at Kew.
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Re: Railway records

Postby ianbee » Mon Jul 30, 2018 6:09 pm

Reply removed!
Adrian's next post explains why!
Sorry again.
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Re: Railway records

Postby AdrianB38 » Mon Jul 30, 2018 6:12 pm

Ian - wrong thread?? :-)

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