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Arthur McGugan interviews George Bird, Sam Renouf, Joe Shenton and Don Pallot, four men who worked on the old Jersey Railway from the 1920s onward. Includes: working conditions; details of their jobs and tasks performed; wages were low - Sam Renouf paid 3/9 for working a 52 hour week; apprentices weren't allowed to work unless they brought a towel and big bar of soap; workshops; maintenance of locomotives; checking the line for faults on a Sunday morning; coaling; lighting of carriages and locomotives; rolling stock used - 4 engines, various cars, carriages and vans; gauges used; 60 - 70 people employed by the railway; Mr Philip Dixon was the managing director, George Todd was the foreman, Ben Shenton and Tom le Brun also worked there; carpenters - Jack Vilton and Walter de la Course; no ticket collectors; porters - Bert Hafey, Winter de Veulle, Jock Chaney; office workers - Mr Bonaster?, Edwin Gibaut, Raymond le Brocq - secretary, Mr Poinchester - became MD when Mr Dixon retired; passengers, in 1925 - 1926 carried over a million passengers; mainly tourists in the summer, in the winter just a few locals; buses were taking over; fares from St Helier - 6d return to St Aubins, 1/9 return to Corbiere; timetables and frequency of trains; own telephone system for communication; two engines used if there were a lot of passengers; 'La Moye' engine very powerful; track was mostly a single railway line with a couple of passing loops; details of stations, platforms, level crossings; very busy on holidays and race days - engineering staff came out onto the line to help open gates etc; details of freight carried, especially from quarries and gravel pits; during the First World War German prisoners of war carried from camp at Les Blanches Banques to the harbour to work; transporting the Jersey Militia c1910; railway workers were exempt from militia service; first and second class carriages existed; details of various accidents involving trains including suicides and attempted suicides; anecdotes - Mr Fisher and his false leg, a blind man called Wally Bagnel who played the barrel organ; in 1924 competition was introduced from the new bus company; gradual decline of the railway service; minimal washing facilities provided for workers. Recorded 25/03/1992. Good sound quality throughout, but drops dramatically at end. Running time 46 minutes.

Reference: R/03/C/1

Date: 23 March 1992

Harold Marie, who worked for Jersey Eastern Railway, talks with Arthur McGugan, Don Pallot and George Bird about life on the railway in the 1920s. The Eastern Railway ran from St Helier to Gorey. Includes: Harold Marie started working for the railway in January 1927, was there 18 months, until the railway closed down; his father had worked there for 30 years; 56 hour week, paid 4 shillings; as an apprentice got all the dirty jobs; maintenance and coaling carried out at Green Street; trains lit by parrafin and electricity; rolling stock - 4 locomotives; drivers - Phil Cabot, Peter Baker, Bill Baudains, Jack Howard; firemen - Ted Baudains; guards - Phil Querée, Bill Browning; description of station and offices; manager - Major Mourant; railways used by a cross section of society, tourists in the summer; fare from town to Gorey - 1/3 first class, 1s second class; timetables published; frequency and times of trains; double track at Pontac so that trains could pass each other - had to wait on the sideline until the other train came; level crossings and gates; accident at Grouville - there were no gates on the level crossing, a lorry drove in front of an oncoming train and the driver was killed; special coach used only by golfers; half an hour's journey from St Helier to Gorey; attempt made to extend the line to St Catherine's by tunneling under Mont Orgueil; details of guard's van; cattle from France transported to abatoir; a few goods trucks used; information about accidents on the line [read from book]; competition from buses caused a decline of traffic on the trains; last train from Gorey to town was run on 30th June 1929. Recorded on 09/04/1992. Good sound quality. Duration 30 minutes.

Reference: R/03/C/2

Date: 9 April 1992

Bob Le Boutillier, aged 92, talks to Arthur McGugan about life as a gents' outfitter. Includes: Started work aged 13 for Noel and Porter's department store in King Street; 6 months with no wages, after that paid 2/6 a week; hours worked; description of work duties; after 6 or 7 years moved to Mr Aubert's shops - one in Hillgrove Street, one in Bath Street; different departments worked in at Noel and Porter's and members of staff; was at Aubert's for about 4 years; customers form all over the island; had to leave as there wasn't enough work; used to go to Mr Bailey's shop at lunchtimes - Ladies clothes/hosiery shop in Halkett Place; ended up working there; paid 28/6 a week at Aubert's, £2.5 a week at Bailey's; other assistant, one girl - sacked for stealing; at Bailey's 2 or 3 years; when Mr Aubert died took on the lease on his shop - was married to the owner's daughter so knew he would be able to continue the lease; later their son, Neville, worked at the shop; lived on the premises; wife had worked at Bailey's as well; later bought another shop opposite and so had shops at 21 and 23 Bath Street; during the occupation got an allowance from the States of products imported from France; wife worked in shop, Bob worked on the McGugan's farm; not enough stock to sell; clothing coupons; didn't get involved in bartering; rationing after the war; lists places where his supppliers operated; code used for prices so customer wouldn't know the cost price; used to sell cheaper than the other shops; other shops had waiting lists during rationing, Bob used to sell stock as it came in; didn't need to advertise, word of mouth used; opened late, sometimes until midnight. Recorded 16/01/1994. Good sound quality. Duration 45 minutes.

Reference: R/03/C/5

Date: 16 January 1994

Mr Girard of Câtel, Guernsey, aged 85, and Mrs Le Tocq, also of Câtel, Guernsey, aged 95, being interviewed about life in the early 1900s. Originally produced by the Channel Islands Educational Broadcasting Service. Original reference: Res 27. Side 1 - Mr Girard interview. Includes: details of school days - curriculum, discipline; left school at age 12 - first job at a vinery, long hours, paid 6 Francs a week; remembers buying cigarettes and first suit; second job on a farm; left farm to go into growing; details of home and family life; made own amusements; went to town about once a week, in the summer went to the beach - no visitors; Guernsey railway, motor bus; electricity being introduced - most people in the country didn't trust it; newspapers and radio; always spoke Guernsey-French at home, first learnt English at school; more recollections of school; some friends became stonemasons, no apprenticeship; memories of first fishing trip; militia training - spent evenings training to shoot; feels that militia training gave them discipline, unlike children of today; militia uniform and special occasions. Side 2 - end of Mr Girard interview, and Mrs Le Tocq interview. Includes: family life and school - learnt English; left school at age 11 and began working at home, lived on a farm; used to go to market in a horse-drawn van, found motor cars funny; Guernsey railway and trams; didn't get a job, stayed working at home; kept 2 cows and 2 greenhouses, grew tomaotes and potatoes; making butter to sell at the market; had to save up to buy clothes; making bread; description of house, no electricity or running water; many memories of school life; no holidays abroad, stayed at home and did housework; never went to the beach except to get seaweed for fertilizer; only visitors from England were agents from the tomato companies. Recorded circa 1973. Sound quality quite muffled.

Reference: R/03/J/4

Date: 1973