Skegness Engine at Firsby Train Station 1886

All spick and span and with somewhere to go were these three engines photographed at Firsby Station in 1886.

The picture belonged to Inspector T Holmes, of Netherfield, Nottingham, who retired around 1939.

Nearest the singal-box is the Spilsby engine, and standing between it and the centre one – bound for Boston – is Mr Holmes.

The Skegness engine is on the extreme right, with Driver Sammy Sharp and Guard Jackson, whose son was later guard at Boston.

Stationmaster Topliss is there with his top-hat and oiling the points is T Hydes.

Mr Hydes was killed in an accident during the doubling of the line between Firsby and Skegness.

With his back to the signals is Signalman Stamper.

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It may be difficult to pick out some of those mentioned owing to the age of the photograph, but their names will, no doubt, evoke many memories of the days long before railways had to ask for a square deal.

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