Interview about memories of life as a railway family in Bletchley from the 1950s, and related events.
Dorothy Hendry remembers her first visit to Bletchley Station and to the town: a ‘quaint little town’. On moving to Bletchley they first lived in Railway Terrace, which she describes as ‘a nice community’, everyone was connected with the railways. Talking of family life there, she mentions the Newfoundout, the old railways sheds and the nearby main line. They enjoyed holidays by train with free transport, usually to the Isle of Wight; they also had a car for local outings. In her opinion: ‘we were quite affluent for them days really’. She is still nostalgic for the steam train era. ‘I don’t think there is anything like it’. She recalls her husband telling her about the Great Train Robbery in the 1960s near Linslade; he had to go to court and give evidence because he was on duty in the Signal Box that night and the Mail Train did not clear his section of track, so he raised the alarm with Bletchley. Her husband decided to take redundancy from the railways at the time of Beeching cuts, when he was asked to move to work the new electrified signals at Bletchley