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This page contains details of many of the staff and people involved with the WC&P Railway.

The information below is mostly gleaned from the books listed on the Books page.

Items marked * are listed in Colin Maggs’ book as staff in 1925.

John Francis Ranald Daniel - Secretary of WCPT and Managing Director of the WCPLR until 1911 before Col Stephens. Born 1829. Died 1918.

Col H F Stephens - see History. See also Col Stephens’ Museum web site entry.

W H Austen - see History

George S Newton - General Manager from 1903 to 1911

Spencer Gore-Browne - Chairman of WCPLR 1907

The following staff are listed in surname order:

S Badman - Permanent Way staff *

Edward Baker - Fireman

Arthur Barnes - Driver *

Frank Beere - Portishead station master (in 1912 photo) * later Station Manager, Clevedon

Tom Bennett - Driver

J Brooks - Permanent Way staff *

E C (Dan) Carey - Guard - started in 1923 and left 1927 then joined GWR * - son is Howard Carey

Charles Coles - Driver until the General Strike in 1926 - see also Memories *

J Cooper - Permanent Way staff *

Bill Cullen - Conductor (in 1911 photo)

E Day - Crossing Keeper, Clevedon *

H Davey - Guard 1907

F Denmead - Permanent Way *

J Dimond - Permanent Way staff *

James Elford - Fireman

Edward Evans - Driver

Horace Ford - Guard

Tom Gatford - Driver until closure. Drove last train. Formerly on Shropshire & Montgomeryshire Railway.

G Gooding - Permanent Way staff Worle *

Arthur J Grundy - Manager of Clevedon headquarters *

Gordon Grundy - Station Agent Clevedon *

Sidney Grundy - Station Agent Clevedon * later Portishead

George Hancock - Fireman then Driver (in 1897 and 1905 photo)

A Halliday - Driver *

Tom Hedger - Fireman * later Driver

Alf Hill - Chief Fitter

Alf Hill - Fitter (son of Alf Hill)

Fred Hill - Fitter (son of Alf Hill)

J Hodges - Station Master Weston-super-Mare 1907

Arthur Jenkins - Railcar Conductor *

John (Jack) R Jones - Driver at opening of railway (ex GWR)

John Maize - Driver

George Morgan - Driver of the railcar

Stan Plumley - Day cleaner (later Fireman) * (See Magazines- Tenterden Terrier)

William Preston - Fireman (in 1898 photo) , later Driver

Florence Radford - Station Mistress at Worle *

A Ralph - Carpenter *

F Read - Night Cleaner *

Jack H Riddick - Guard for about 20 years. Joined railway in 1914 *

J Robbins - Permanent Way Portishead *

Albert Sharpe - Fireman * later Driver

O Simonds - Permanent Way *

Joseph Sperring - Crossing Keeper, Worle

William C Stone - Guard

R Surtees - Station Master, Weston Super Mare *

A Taylor - Permanent Way *

F Thomas - Permanent Way staff *

Charles Toomey - Porter, Clevedon *

James Vowles - Permanent Way Staff *

Vic Ware - Station Agent at Portishead. Nephew of Frank Beere. Died 3 February 2010.

F Warren - Porter, Portishead *

William Whitting - Conductor 1907 later Driver

Edward R Wintour - Traffic Manager and Loco Superintendent 1897 to 1903

Bert Woodland - Fitter’s Mate * later Driver

More details to come ... if you have any knowledge of any staff please let us know. Contact ...


Do you have any information about James Henry Sprod or his father Henry Sprod both of whom are believed to have been ‘car-men’ on the railway?  James is said to be a guard who knew the timetables by heart.

It is likely that these two men worked on the railway in the early years.

If you have any information please contact me.

Thanks. Paul Gregory