The lamp lighter

Rather interesting blog post looking at something that would normally get overlooked!

Locksands Life

In those pre-electricity days, many a public building or public space used gas lamps and some still do.

This is Sheffield park Railway Station, back in 2001.

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The lamplighter is at work, handily by the footbridge which enabled me to get a close up shot from the same height. I love this photo for, although it is 21st century and the hi-vis waistcoat almost proves it, it is a reminder of a long ago occupation of lighting and tending gas lamps.

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This is also a reminder of the kind of job which used to be done by railway porters up and down the country.

These little touches add so much to  the atmosphere of a heritage railway. It isn’t all about trains or engines.

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