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Workers on Trains in Brecon

Train
Train, from Illustrated London News

Many people were engaged in the practical, mechanical running of the railways.

By far the most frequently listed railway occupation in the 1891 census was that of engine driver. One street containing a particularly rich seam of engine drivers was Charles Street, Brecon. Some came to live in the town from quite a distance - an example of how railways had affected the local population.


1891 Census
18 Charles Street
Name Position in
household
Marital
status
Age Occupation Place of Birth English/Welsh
speaker
George Tinworth Head M 37 Railway Engine
Driver
Essex Audley End English
Elizabeth Tinworth Wife M 38   Brecon St Mary's English
James Tinworth Son   10   Brecon St Mary's English
20 Charles Street
William Owen Head M 52 Railway Engine
Driver
Montgomeryshire
Llanidloes
English
Margaret Owen Wife M 52   Montgomeryshire
Llanidloes
English
Margaret Owen Dau S 19 Scholar Montgomeryshire
Llanidloes
English
21 Charles Street
Michael Caufron Head M 52 Railway Engine
Driver
Ireland English
Mary Caufron Wife M 51   Gloucestershire English
Richard Maund Nephew S 17 Railway Clearing
House Clerk
Breconshire Brecon English
Helena Gaufron Niece   4   Breconshire Brecon English
22 Charles Street
Mary Sheams Head Wid 45 Laundress   Both
Margaret Sheams Dau S 19 Dressmaker Chatham English
Annie Sheams Dau   13 Scholar Gibraltar English
George Childs Lodger S 34 Engine Driver Gloucestershire
Rock Hampton
English

One particular engine driver in 1891, Joseph Bregazzi, had a father involved in another aspect of the transport industry in the town, a coach builder.

1891 Census
12 St Michael Street, Brecon
Name Position in
household
Marital
status
Age Occupation Place of Birth English/Welsh
speaker
Joseph Bregazzi Head M 41 Railway Engine Driver Derbyshire Derby English
Frances Bregazzi Wife M 41   Derbyshire Derby English

Assisting the engine drivers on the trains were the stokers, or firemen, whose main responsibility was to feed coal into the locomotive's furnace and keep it at the correct temperature.

1891 Census
59 New March Street, Brecon
Name Position in
household
Marital
status
Age Occupation Place of Birth English/Welsh
speaker
William Jones Head M 35 Railway fireman Brecon English
Harriet Jones Wife M 31   Herefordshire Penrhos English
Alfred Jones Son M 8 Scholar Brecon St Davids English
Edith A Jones Dau   7 Scholar Brecon St Davids English
William D Jones Son   5 Scholar Brecon St Mary English
Cyril G Jones Son   2   Brecon St Davids English
Emily E Jones Dau   2 mon   Brecon St Davids English

And also travelling on the train was the guard, such as Richard Probert:



Staff at Knighton Station
Staff at Knighton Station
Collection of Sadie Cole
1891 Census
23 Orchard Street
Name Position
in
house- hold
Marital
status
Age Occupation Place of Birth English/ Welsh
speaker
Richard Probert Head M 35 Railway guard Monmouthshire Abergavenny English
Hannah Probert Wife M 37   Herefordshire Cusop English
Richard J Probert Son   11 Scholar Breconshire Brecon English
Catherine H Probert Dau   11 Scholar Breconshire Brecon English
Samuel Probert Son   7 Scholar Breconshire Brecon English
Elizabeth M Probert Dau   4 Scholar Breconshire Brecon English


Coach Builders in Brecon
Horse Drawn Transport in Brecon

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