William Reginald Didcock 1919 – 2002

Contemporary 1935 map of LMS system. Other rai...

Contemporary 1935 map of LMS system. Other railways’ lines are omitted but LMS joint lines are shown. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

William known fondly as Bill, passed away 4 months after the loss of his wife, Vera.

Bill worked on the railways for 49 years. He began in 1935 as a booking boy, working through the grades to become a signalman first class. Rather than stay on in the powerbox, he opted to become a member of the relaying gang where he stayed until he retired in 1986. He was a good friend and trusted colleague. Read more…

British Railways, from 1965 traded as British Rail, the operator of most of the rail transport in Great Britain between 1948 and 1997. It was formed from the nationalisation of the “Big Four” British railway companies and lasted until the gradual privatisation of British Rail, in stages between 1994 and 1997. Originally a trading brand of the Railway Executive of the British Transport Commission, it became an independent statutory corporation in 1962: the British Railways Board.

The period of nationalisation saw sweeping changes in the national railway network. A process of dieselisation occurred that eliminated steam locomotion in 1968, in favour of diesel and electric power. Passengers replaced freight as the main source of business, and one third of the network was closed by the Beeching Axe of the 1960s.

Bill enjoyed his gardening and loved nothing better than spending his free time out in the open air tending his rather large veggie plot, though he did often wonder how he managed to work and garden sometimes! Read more…

British Rail. (2012, June 21). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 19:29, June 29, 2012, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=British_Rail&oldid=498733074
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