Caledonian Railway Staff List - updated February 2021

The latest version of the  database listing any Caledonian Railway staff identified through research has now been uploaded to the website - now containing over 22,000 entries.

This is another significan increase from the 17,000 records in the version uploaded in January 2021, and is driven by further reseqarch from the valuation rolls.   Previously we had used these to identify the Station Master living at stations but this further research identified that the Caledonian Railway owned considerable rentable property, which is quite extensive in places such as Motherwell, Carstairs, Coatbridge, etc. including all Railway trades as well as Drivers and Fireman and Guards.  This chance discovery has resdulted in a significant number of additional entries to our list - which can downloaded from the Staff Records page.

The Valuation Rolls can be found on the Scotlands People website - enter "Caledonian Railway" in Valuation Rolls to list all the Property owned by the Company.

AGM Postponed

Our 2020 AGM due to take place on Saturday 21st March in Carlise has been postponed due to concerns around the Covid-19 virus.

We hope to reschedule the meeting later in the year.  If you have previously registered to attend, please let Willie Cooper know that you are aware of the cancellation to minimise duplication of effort in contacting attendees.

Staff Records Database Updated

Perhaps the most frequent request for information received by the CRA is from family historians researching earlier generations, who may have worked on the Caledonian Railway. Unfortunately most of the Company Staff Records have been lost or destroyed and the Association has minimal information on individual members of staff.

The Association has a long term programme to collect details of the staff members who created and operated the railway company. The current list of names on our database has just been updated (November 2019) and now contains over 15,500 records.  Full details on the remaining available staff records are available here where the full list can also be downloaded and searched.

A Caledonian Celebration - Bo’ness - 3rd and 4th November 2018

The SRPS have announced  that Caledonian Railway 812 Class No. 828 is the star guest of the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway Steam Gala in November. With SRPS mascot No. 419 due to make her gala debut at the event, following a major overhaul, we will be able to see two Caledonian Railway engines together for the first time in preservation. It will also be the first opportunity to pair 828 with appropriate Caledonian Railway stock since the early twentieth century.

The SRPS have acknowledged the help of 828's owners, the Caledonian Railway 828 Trust (CR828), and the Strathspey Railway for supporting the event by allowing the loco to visit Bo'ness.

828 and 419 will run public services on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th November 2018, with Friday 2nd acting as a 'preview day'. Full details of the weekend are available here.

The Association's November meeting will take place during the Saturday and we will have a book stall at the event. More details of the Association's activities on the Saturday are available here.

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