Petersfield Post 28th November 2018 Nostalgia Section recalls an act of heroism by the booking clerk, Percy Norwood, at Liss Railway Station on November 27th 1913 for which he received the Edward Medal*- a forerunner of the George Medal.
He saved the life of a local blacksmith who was driving a cart approaching the railway crossing. The pony pulling the cart bolted and dashed into the level crossing gates throwing Harry Rasell into the path of an approaching train. Norwood just succeeded in getting Rasell clear, but the engine which had been thrown into reverse by the engine driver, still struck Norwood on the head causing him serious injuries – fractured skull amongst others. After recovery he returned to work on the London & South Western Railway. He died in 1972 aged 79.
Percy Norwood came from Eastleigh and in 1977 a primary school was named after him. The school holds an annual event to remember his heroism.
*Edward Medal instituted in the reign of Edward VII for miners, quarry men and industrial workers who had risked their lives for fellow workers. In 1971 holders of this medal were given the option of converting their award to the George Cross. This was introduced in 1940 for acts of great courage not in the face of an enemy and is the highest bravery award that can be given to civilians. One of the most famous recipients of the GC was the people of Malta for their courage in the siege of that island by the Italian and German forces during WW 2
Following a fascinating article on crimes on the LSWR, in the latest issue of the South Western Circular, I have added a small piece on the attack perpetrated by an Army Colonel. He joined a London bound train at Liphook, just over 142 years to the day and indecently assaulted a lady passenger as the train travelled at speed between Woking and Esher.
This British Railways Sector was formed on this day in 1986 under the leadership of Chris Green. It comprised the following area, replacing in its area the BR Regions that had existed since Nationalisation in 1948
It absorbed the entire London suburban network as well as Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire and beyond to Weymouth, Salisbury and Exeter, plus the Isle of Wight; north to Bedford, Northampton and Banbury; west to Bedwyn; east to Kings Lynn, Harwich, Clacton and Shoeburyness In terms of BR regions, it encompassed the entire Southern (re-branded as Southeast, Central and Southwest), plus parts of the Western, Midland and Eastern (re-branded West, North and East – West subsequently became Thames & Chiltern and East became Anglia).
There was a “tube style” system map across the network; red platform lamp posts and a NSE logo and livery on rolling stock and station signage. Electronic clocks on all platforms and more staff.
It lasted until 1994 when the whole system was prepared for privatisation by the creation of line management the precursor to the letting of private franchises
An interesting article in the Southern Railway’s Group Notebook just received today, reminded me that these structures, which were prefabricated to a standard design and such a feature of Southern Railway stations, were nearly coincidental with the formation of the company in 1923.
The first such example was designed by W.H Shortt M Inst CE, the L&SWR later SR Divisional Engineer at Exeter, in whose patch the Exmouth Concrete Works, where they were made, had been established in 1913, and was erected in 1924. This first installation took 13 hours and the design was described thus by the designer in a report published in The Railway Engineer- “No bolts or tie rods are anywhere used to hold the various parts of the bridge together, all being designed to be mutually self-supporting when once fitted together; further, no reinforcement is anywhere exposed for the purpose of joint making..”
The design continued to be used well into British Railway days and spread far & wide, in many cases well beyond SR or BR(S) territory. I have seen one at Towyn (North Wales)- now demolished. Hornby Dublo produced a die-cast metal model version in OO which probably means there was one within easy travelling distance of the Meccano works in Binns Road, Liverpool 3!
There are plenty still around, which for a 94 year old design ain’t bad!
I had a pleasant afternoon at the local gardening club’s summer show on Saturday (13th) with a “work in progress” diorama of local interest-showing a little element of the Midhurst to Haslemere proposed, but never built, line. It wasn’t in any of the competitions, didn’t therefore win any prizes, but initiated a few discussions. Club & Model Trains in the Valley leaflets were available to visitors.
A small donation to the gardening club, for the space provided for our display, got us a mention & thanks as the “Milland Model Railway Club”. I think we have arrived!
I hope to have this show as a regular item on my calendar.
Sorry we missed the 30th Anniversary of the establishment of Network South East on the 10th June 1986.
Red lamposts, NSE logo and system map and its own Railcard
When we remember the events of 72 years ago & the following last months of the 2nd World War, don’t forget the role of Britains Railways.
It was their efforts & the expertise of thousands of railway men and women that ensured that the Allies armed forces had the right materials to wage the invasion and its aftermath.
We have taken the decision to no longer keep the Google+ pages on members layouts, the club, club history & history of the Liphook Railway Station up to date. Content that is still relevant, will be transferred to this site over a period of time.
This will mean a significant increase in the number of pages on this site- more to see, read & come back to!
South West Trains reaches its 20th Anniversary today. That’s only 5 years less than the Southern Railway lasted between grouping & nationalisation.
The franchise bidding is underway. I can’t believe First South Western the other bidder could do any better, but when were these things ever judged on expertise- its the money stupid!
Regular steam hauled services on the Southern Region of British Railways – the last day 48 years ago today
The club was just 3 years old.