John remembers lifetime on Falkirk railways

Falkirk High Station pictured in 1965
Falkirk High Station pictured in 1965

John Munro (67) from Brightons has sent us a few of his memories from a lifetime on the railways.

He said: “Falkirk High has had many changes since I joined in the summer of 1962 as a junior booking clerk. At that time the platform was lit by gas mantles.

“At the start of winter the junior porter before he finished his shift at 4 p.m. had to go round and individually light all these mantles. I think it was the following year 1963 that electric lights replaced these. The road leading up to Slamannan Road was all railway cottages for railway employees.

“On the opposite side of the road where the car park is now was occupied by coal merchants where there was a siding for the coal wagons coming in to be emptied.

“Past the merchants was a signal box where I gained all my railway experience listening to the tales of these old railwaymen.”