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« on: Friday 30 April 04 14:16 BST (UK) »
 :-\  hi,,i,m off to kew latter in may ,
  I have a great uncle on 1901 census living in Stretford Lanc  an was an ENGINE DRIVER  (i hope this means train driver ?)   when at  Kew  i would like to find if there are any records on him as a driver ?  But where do i look /what do i look at ??   all i have is census info any thoughts ???
 
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« Reply #1 on: Friday 30 April 04 15:21 BST (UK) »
Hi

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« Reply #2 on: Friday 30 April 04 16:39 BST (UK) »
Hi. I wouldn't assume that "engine driver" means train. I have seen this phrase for someone who in previous and subsequent census entries was working in a brickworks. Also I have one entry for 1901 which says " factory engine driver". I suspect that trains as such don't always come into it though I suppose that large factories might have had their own light railway systems before the fork-lift truck? Hopefully someone can clear this up properly for us all.
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« Reply #3 on: Friday 30 April 04 17:23 BST (UK) »
Hopefully someone can clear this up properly for us all.

1901 Census - 11 Stanway Street, Stretford, Lancs.

BALLARD Richard, Head, Marr, 31  RAILWAY ENGINE DRIVER, born Leintwardine, Herefordshire
               Alice, Wife, Marr, 33, born Leintwardine
               Henry, Son, Unm, 2, born Stretford.

I rest my case.  ;D ;D

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« Reply #4 on: Sunday 09 May 04 11:15 BST (UK) »
Oooh don't you just hate a smart alec. Well done Chris ;D

In defence of gardener though I have also come across other engine drivers who have worked in factories. I presume it was the name given to those who tended the new fangled steam engines of the day which replaced the water wheels.
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« Reply #5 on: Sunday 09 May 04 17:27 BST (UK) »
No,  I just love a smart alec.  They can help you break down all sorts of brickwalls and dead-ends. ;D ;D

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« Reply #6 on: Sunday 09 May 04 21:04 BST (UK) »
 
I'll add my two pennyworth if I may ..

My Great Grandpa was an Ag. Lab. till 1881 and was then described as an Engine Driver, I got all excited thinking he'd gone to work on the railway but by 1891 he was a plain Ag Lab again !  So I assume he was probably having a play with a steam thresher or something similar.

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« Reply #7 on: Sunday 09 May 04 21:13 BST (UK) »
Hi Suey

Between 1881 and 1900, lots of Steam Traction Engines went around the coubtry towing equipement, especially at Harvest Time.
My grandparents in Cambridgeshire did just that - plus there were often 'Stationary Engines' on many farms, used exclusively for motive power for farm machinery.
They all had a stoker and/or driver to keep them operational.

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