Read goods porters' reminiscences
"It was a struggle lugging heavy mail-bags, milk churns,
enormous wooden packages, bicycles, pieces of machinery, perishables, livestock.
The barrows were very difficult to push and very hard to manoeuvre
especially backing them up to the guards' vans. We worked 18 different shifts,
8 to 12 hours, commencing different times, like 2 or 3am. The changeover was often
only 8 to 10 hours, in which time we eat, slept, washed, and
went back on duty having walked miles."
May Westmoreland, Porter at Sheffield LNER.
Women porters heaving beer crates
Goods Porters loading beer crates at Newcastle Forth Goods. 1942.
Goods Porters barrowing grain sacks, Leeds March Lane depot 1943.