Platelayers in Carlisle

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Title

Platelayers in Carlisle

Subject

Railway maintenance being undertaken by a team of platelayers.

Description

Photograph of platelayers in Carlisle, 1899. Platelayers were employed to inspect and maintain the track, including all its component parts such as rails, sleepers and bolts. Duties included greasing points and generally watching for wear and tear. When sections of track required complete replacement, larger teams of platelayers worked together, as in this image, but it was usual for each platelayer to be assigned to each mile or two miles of track, with a platelayers' hut as a shelter and working base. In this photograph the lack of any safety equipment is particularly striking.

Creator

Anonymous photographer

Source

Publisher

Lancaster University

Date

1899

Rights

Reproduced by courtesy of Cumbria Image Bank, who retain all rights over this image. No further reproduction is permitted without written permission of Cumbria Image Bank.

Relation

Further reading on platelayers' huts in Cumbria:http://www.foscl.org.uk/scrca/structure-type-definition/platelayers-hut

Coverage

Nineteenth century

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Photograph

Comments

Files

ct00384_wm.jpg

Citation

Anonymous photographer, “Platelayers in Carlisle,” Local History Resources for Schools, accessed May 20, 2018, http://regionalheritage.omeka.net/items/show/71.