The family history site Ancestry has recently published more than 35,000 TfL staff records for the first time online. They reveal the lives of bus drivers and London Underground workers between 1863-1931, including details of the men who fought during WWI, and uncover the impact the war had on the capital’s transport networks.
Miriam Silverman from Ancestry says: ‘These fascinating records help us remember the stories of the men and women who got Londoners from A to B every day, from the infancy of public transport in London in the 1800s to the early twentieth century. But they’re also a source of important historical information about the First World War, workplace diversity and the day-to-day lives of normal people.
‘People across Britain and the world can now delve into these records to uncover vital information about any ancestors who may have worked for one of the nation’s public transport organisations.’
Alongside the records, there’s a bevy of beautiful images of nineteenth-century horsedrawn buses, and the women who kept the capital’s transport running while men were away at war. Take a look at a few of them below.
A B-type bus, operating on route 9, passing a regiment of cavalry, possibly in the early days of the First World War.
A Garden Seat horse bus, operated by the London General Omnibus Company Limited, on the Bayswater line.
A horse tram operating on the Aldersgate Street to Clapton route, with driver, conductor and passengers.
A group of women painters employed on the Underground during the First World War.
Metropolitan Railway Guard Eva Carver. Mrs Carver can be seen dressed in uniform holding a lamp and flag by a staircase at Hammersmith Underground station, Metropolitan and Great Western Railways.
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