My grandfather, Frederick George (known as Joe) Barron
worked at Newham until he retired in March 1963. I think his title was
Station master was Ron Tonkin and Gramp's colleague was Joey Sweet.
The cats in charge of the grain and cattle food store were Sabrina and Liberace!!
It was a dark drizzly morning in, I think, November 1961 when Gramp fell in front of the train. The train pulled by a high fronted diesel engine had come down with a load of coal for the gasworks. As Gramp stepped forward to change the points, he slipped on a sleeper and fell in front of the train. Luckily he kept his legs between the rails and somehow the
train stopped before it reached the points.
We lived in St Austell and the police came to tell my Mum that her Dad had had an accident. By the time we got to Truro, (they lived in Rosewin Row), Gramp was already home having been checked over at the Infirmary. He had no fractures or serious injuries!! He looked like liver he was so bruised from head to toe. He recovered and returned to work to finish as expected when he was 65.
I am surprised that this incident doesn’t seem to appear on the accident lists available on-line.
Kath Jones, Roche Many thanks for your note and photographs Kath, now Granpa will go down in history!