LAST OF THE RAILWAY KEEPERS
lives on a remote country lane. His only work colleague is a parrot.
He possibly has the most isolated job in the East Midlands. He is
the last railway keeper.
Weston works on the Liverpool to Stanstead line.
route it may be, as the train speeds through the countryside linking
bustling cities. But spare a thought for the one man who opens the
gates for a handful of people wanting to cross the track in Wyfordby,
lives and works on the railways|
lives on a remote country lane, used by few apart from a local farmer.
His job is to open the gates for anyone wanting to cross the railway
April, Michael had to be alert 24 hours a day, for any traffic wanting
to cross. Now he has TV monitors installed in his house and a pet
parrot who also helps by squawking if anyone arrives at the crossing.
of the last railway keepers, Michael's job may soon become a piece
of railway history in itself.
will put barriers in here one day, but nobody knows when" |
Central Railway has restored and preserved the golden days
of railway travel. But how long before the job of the railway keeper
joins the annals of railway history?
are nine manned signal boxes on the Leicester - Peterborough
one of only a handful of gatekeepers left in Britain, it is unclear
how long Michael's job will continue to exist.
signal boxes, which have become largely machine operated, the job
of the gatekeeper may become a thing of the past.
If this is the case, then like the Central
Railway at Loughborough, the gate keepers cottage will become
a piece of railway history of a bygone era.