A DEDICATION TO DEDICATED MEN AND WOMEN
The front of the memorial on unveiling day showing the inscription
Railway workers, some of whom have given their lives
in the service of the industry over the last 150 years,
have got their own memorial,
topped off by a Class 8F steam engine.
This memorial is in celebration of their achievements
from the 19th century through to the present day
and was unveiled on 22 May 2012 in front of nearly 1,000 onlookers.
The memorial was draped in the last BR 'double arrow' flag to fly on Euston House
The memorial, with the locomotive carved in black granite,
was dedicated at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire on 22 May 2012
in a service conducted by Rev James Lindsay of the Railway Mission.
Sir Bob Reid, former chairman of British Rail,
accompanied by Ian Dudson, Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire,
unveil the memorial on 22 May 2012.
Sam Reed, vice-president of the British Transport Pensioners Federation (BTPF),
which has been campaigning for the memorial, said:
“A national memorial to the memory of rail workers is long overdue.
Whilst many lives have been lost in times of conflict over the years,
this memorial recognises much more than that.
It is also to the memory of those killed in the construction of the railway,
those, who have lost their lives subsequently in tragic accidents,
and, moreover, to all those, who have worked to provide the railway we enjoy today,
and for those who will take the industry forward in the future.
“We want this to be a place where people can come and reflect in quiet solitude,
and pay their respects whether it be to loved ones, friends
or simply the unsung heroes from across the industry.”
The locomotive rests on top of a plinth, measuring approximately 2.7 metres wide by 2.3 metres high.
As well as an inscription on the face of the plinth,
the reverse features a montage of images representing the rail industry over the years.
It includes men and women involved in everything
from present day maintenance and customer service back to the days
when British Rail owned ships and hotels,
and even further back to when wooden carriages were washed by hand.
In addition to the montage, the plinth carries the coats of arms of the
Great Western Railway Company, London North Eastern Railway, London, Midland & Scottish
and the Southern Railway Company, the Lion Wheel of the British Transport Commission
and the Double Arrow National Railway Symbol.
The memorial incorporates two stone seats
and is situated just off the Arboretum's Millennium Way,
in sight of the Birmingham to Derby railway line.
Close to the River Tame, it is an ideal location for peaceful contemplation.
The BTPF, which has approximately 17,000 members,
was at the forefront of fund-raising for the memorial
and raised approximately £50,000 from individuals and industry partners.
The memorial was crafted by
H. L. Perfitt Ltd, stonemasons of Diss, Norfolk
The montage of images was designed by
Stephen Warnes of the Guild of Railway Artists
Courtesy of Keith Lumley
Media Relations Manager
(North West & West Mids)