History of the Newport Pagnell to Wolverton Branch Railway - Staff. Return to History
Joseph Orchard was the first LNWR driver on the line. He received 42/- per week. His fireman, Benjamin Burbridge, was paid 24/6. The permanent was men received between 17/- and 22/- per week. The line manager was the only member of staff to live rent free and his salary was £12.10s0d per month.

At the time when the LNWR took over the driver, fireman and three permanent way men were employed by the contractor, Mr Jas. Taylor.

One man was employed at the intermediate stations at Bradwell and Great Linford. They delivered parcels to places within one mile of the station in their spare time. The other staff, all of whom were stationed at Newport consisted of one each of the following:

General clerk, Booking clerk, Good's clerk, Guard, Parcel's Porter, Porter, Good's Foreman and Good's Barman. Full details of the name, age, length of service pay and previous experience of all these men are given in the report. (LNW Report to Board).

The Manager
When the line was opened for goods traffic, Mr H.S. Liddall was the traffic manager. (CWS 28 July 1866). By the time that passenger traffic began in September 1867 his place had been taken by J. Talbot, whose name appears in "Bradshaw" until he was replaced by T. Maultby in Aug. 1870. (Bradshaw).

After the amalgamation he was employed by the LNWR Co at Preston and was later ordered to another post at Nuneaton. He refused to go and was therefore dismissed. (LNW Special Committee).

The engineer, J.H. Tolme, and the solicitors had addresses in Victoria Street, London, S.W. The Company's offices were in the same street. The secretary was Edward Bellamy (Shareholders' Manual).