Churston signal box register
Secondly the 29th August 1914 is exactly one month from the start of the 1st World War.
I am not an expert on this subject and hopefully someone at the Society can advise on the many entries.
The clock seems to be adjusted in the remarks column and I think it was 1 min fast, this is a regular adjustment which always takes place at 10am.
The Station Master F Hill has countersigned the book at 9.45am on the 31st August 1914.
Unusually we do know who F Hill was, checking on the internet I found that Chris Potts has written a history of Frank Hill the station master at Churston Station during this period, although I can only find at this stage an advert for a book called ‘Letters of Frank Hill, GWR Reliefman 1890s - Brixham Heritage MuseumBy: Edited by Chris Potts
Here is an extract, courtesy of Brixham Museum.
At Work on the GWR in the 1890s: Frank Hill, Reliefman at Newton Abbot is the latest work by Chris Potts for Brixham Heritage Museum. Chris has provided an excellent editorial of Mr. Hill’s letters, copied from a meticulously kept correspondence book loaned to the Museum by his granddaughter, Mrs Margaret French. They provide an interesting insight into the life of a GWR worker, who spent many years at stations and signal boxes on the Teign Valley line and across South Devon before promotion to Stationmaster at Churston.
Throughout his working life, which encompassed personal tragedy and fierce disputes with GWR managers, the hours were long and the variable work poorly paid – Mr. Hill wrote many letters on his own and colleagues’ behalf stating reasons for wage increases – although he was clearly skilled in many tasks that ‘oiled the wheels’ of a regional railway and Chris Potts’ expert commentary clearly illuminates the details. Launching at the annual Steam Fair, the book will be available through the Museum and is not to be missed!
The book is priced at £4.99.
Last week on the 22nd I was passing through Torbay and paused to take this photo at Churston .7820 Dinmore Manor rounds the corner into the station with the 12.15 Paignton - Kingswear. . 7820 is on loan from the Gloucester & Warwickshire Railway. Although an attractive station, photos here are often encroached by the ugly but necessary structures that the railway have built to support their operations. With a bit of editing or a good lens a decent picture can be had.
Regards, Clive Smith Many thanks Clive