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PostPosted: Sun Nov 23, 2014 5:38 pm 

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In the article about the accident at Rugby in the June Journal mention is made of the details of lodging turns for goods guards with special reference to the Bescot to Willesden coal trains. My father was a goods guard working from Bescot in LMS and BR days (although he tended to operate largely in the old LNWR area even as late as the 1960s). I can remember him doing double trip duties to Willesden (his notes only say London) and staying in the lodge there but what puzzled me was the reference to the Willesden crews who signed off at Bescot and lodged there. Where did they stay as there was never a place to lodge near the yard (as far as I know) and it was hardly in a populated area.


PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2014 8:58 am 

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At some of the smaller depots, and this may have happened at Bescot, accommodation was found for 'lodging turns' with local people near the shed, in all probability, widows of former employees.


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