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Transport

Railway Managers

Various people were employed to supervise and inspect the railways. One of the most important was the District superintendent, who was responsible for the efficient running of the railways within his district. Among other things, this involved the supervision of all the employees of the railways company, including the station masters. John Whittle was one such Superintendent - not only did he employ a servant but he was also able to keep his two daughters in education.


1891 Census
2 Camden Villa, Brecon
Name Position in
household
Marital
status
Age Occupation Place of Birth English/Welsh
speaker
John A Whittle Head M 46 Railway District
Superintendent
Surrey Lambeth English
Sarah T Whittle Wife M 39   Breconshire Brecon English
Susan G Whittle Dau S 16 Scholar Breconshire Brecon English
Mary T Whittle Dau   14 Scholar Breconshire Brecon English
Arthur G Whittle Son   6 Scholar Breconshire Brecon English
Kate Bather Serv S 23 General Servant Domestic Breconshire Brecon English

The District Locomotive Superintendent was responsible for the state of the locomotives in all the sheds in their district. Tom Ryder was a district locomotive superintendent, and was living on his own at the time of the census:

Edwin Evans lived a few doors away. He described himself as a 'railway inspector'. There were many different types of inspectors working on the railways at the time, but it is most likely that Edwin either inspected the trains, the tickets or the railways themselves.

1891 Census
5 Bowen Terrace, Brecon
Name Position in
household
Marital
status
Age Occupation Place of Birth English/Welsh
speaker
Tom Ryder Head M 37 District Locomotive
Superintendent
Staffordshire Burton on Trent English
3 Bowen Terrace, Brecon
Edwin G Evans Head M 58 Railway Inspector Monmouthshire, Abergavenny English
Jane Evans Wife M 61 Railway Inspector Breconshire Brecon English
Frank H Evans Son S 21   Breconshire Brecon English
Elizabeth A Morris Serv S 18 Domestic Servant Glamorganshire Aberdare English
Arthur J Davies Lodger S 29 Bank Manager Shropshire Wellington English

Railway Jobs in Brecon

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