Railway workers reunite!

Retired railway workers from Annesley Great Central

Retired railway workers from Annesley Great Central

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Retired railway workers celebrated the Grand Central (GC) Annesley depot with a reunion and Christmas party at the Broomhill Inn, in Hucknall.

The event was held on 11th December and organised by Chris Ward, a former fireman at the depot, who gathered together former employees for what retired member Denis Parker called ‘a tip-top day of camaraderie and memories.’

Mr Parker said: “Annesley was part of the Great Central network, the locomotive depot provided engines for Nottingham Victoria and all of the local colliery services, taking away loaded wagons and providing empties to be loaded.

“We worked on many of the famous steam-powered trains of the day including the Master Cutler and the South Yorkshireman. Today the G.C. would have been a tremendous asset to this nation and would have met all of the requirements of the HS2 proposal.”

The G.C. was the brainchild of Sir Edward Watkin. It opened in 1899 linking Manchester and London Marylebone, with a view to connecting Paris with London.

It was closed during the Beeching cuts in the 1960s.

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