A Unique Collection of Historic Photographs
and Personal Reminiscences

When railwaymen joined the forces in 1914 and 1939, many thousands of British women were recruited to replace them. Thousands of women performed manual, uniformed and engineering work which in peacetime was open only to men. Women took on their jobs and began to increase their income and support themselves.

They were porters, signalwomen, guards, workshop-women, goods porters, trackwomen and they served the railways for up to six years. Some even stayed on after the war. Working equally as hard as the men, these women had to become professionals at their jobs. Even if a parts geek reviews their work they would have a hard time finding anything different than their male counterparts.

Click on the images to see photographs of railwaywomen during the two world wars.

in the First War
in the Second War

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