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West Bromwich Great Western station staff take a breather

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: May 06, 2014

By Gavin Jones

Station Master Charles Morris and colleagues at West Bromwich Station in the 1930s

Station Master Charles Morris and colleagues at West Bromwich Station in the 1930s

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THERE may not be a train or a puff of the white stuff in sight, but this is nevertheless a photograph from the golden age of steam.

It comes to us courtesy of Stourbridge reader Mrs Elsie Cartwright, and it features her late father, Charles Harry Morris of West Bromwich.

Charles Morris, Elsie tells us, was Station Master at West Bromwich Station for around fourteen years before and throughout the Second World War, between 1931 and 1945. He is in the centre of this photograph, in full uniform. It was taken at some point in the 1930s.

Charles sits proudly, third from left in the front row, in his Station Master's cap with GWR badge, surrounded by colleagues arranged along, and behind, a long wooden bench which appears to have been brought out especially for the photograph.

Elsie doesn't know the names of any of the other Great Western employees, but we're hopeful that someone among our readers, whether they be rail enthusiasts or family members who recognise a face, will be able to tell us a bit more.

If you can tell us anything more about this photograph, or if you have any railway memorabilia or photographs you'd like to share with us, send them in, give us a call, or email gjones@blackcountrybugle.co.uk.

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