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Messroom, Springs Branch. Game of 'blob', 1974.
Photo: Thomas Sutch
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Item #: 680
Messroom, Springs Branch. Game of 'blob', 1974.

Comment by: stey fishwick on 9th June 2009 at 15:47

my favourite job whilst on railway,specially when jakie
and shawy were in same card school,some faces round table
unfortunately not with us anymore

Comment by: stey fishwick on 24th September 2009 at 01:45

L to R,Harry Hulse,driver,Jack Rutter,dr,Teddy Holmes dr,taken much too soon,Les Williams dr,and my good self hard at work,B and H in the gob ,,wonder how i used to concentrate with that mop,favver tatty head

Comment by: mcbarrsky on 22nd June 2010 at 21:48

Thought this was a still from a Will Hay film but on closer inspection it appears more recent than that; and could that be the legendary Steve Fishwick on the right? The man who fooled Warrington TCS's by substituting his twin brother on his turn of duty?(this story requires verification)

Comment by: Dave Taylor on 21st July 2010 at 20:03

"A still from a Will Hay film", absolutely brilliant.
Not quite "Buggleskelly" perhaps, but near enough!

Comment by: stey fishwick(upthetims') on 1st September 2010 at 13:55

i can verify the fact that our kid never did a shift for me,i was irreplaceable!!!!!!!!!!still can't remember if i won that game of blob

Comment by: John Wood on 19th November 2010 at 20:14

these photos bring back memories i fired for harry hulse many
times.and jack beardsmore fired for me on my first driving turn
westhoughton woody

Comment by: David Hulse on 17th November 2011 at 20:04

My dad Harry Hulse often took me down to the sheds and he would sneak me on the foot plate.My dad is still living but still talks about all the lads. He recently spoke about when the rail company sent him down to London at the time when London was being bombed and he was a fire man working all hours moving ammunition around. If anybody wants to contact me please use the email address

Comment by: JLythgoe on 28th August 2012 at 19:04

Great photo - Jack Rutter was my grandad and sadly he died 15 years ago (still miss him loads) - I remember as a kid wearing that hat and pretending to be a driver. Great memories.

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