My Father, John Joseph Metcalfe commenced his railway career with the Midland/LMS. His first career was that of a porter mainly at Skipton. He trained to be a signalman taking postings at Eidroth (beyond Settle Junction), Iikley and then settling as a porter-signalman at Foulridge. It was from here he subsequently went on to train as a Station Master at Derby. His first post was that of Bulgill. I would have been about 6 years old and I remember taking a holiday, this time not in a camping coach but in the station buildings of Clifton Junction near Penrith. We travelled I presume with PT holiday runabout tickets around Cumbria and penetrating into Scotland to Annan. It may have been on this holiday that we took a look at Bullgill station house. Not long after we moved there. It was only a three year posting due to closure I think.
The promotion to Station Master incurred a cut in pay because it was a lower grade salaried staff that of porter signalman being higher paid. As a result my mother had to seek employment to keep us fed. She was refused as a Workington carriage cleaner and eventually obtained a job with the GPO becoming I think, the first Maryport post woman. My fathers mother was a Stephenson by birth, born at Arlecdon and from what we can gather related to the Stephensons of Railway fame. She lived with us in the station at BulIgill until she died.
My father was there at the time the diesel rail-cars were introduced between Carlisle and Whitehaven. I remember him commenting that passenger receipts improved on their introduction into service on the line. The CK&P of course having had them prior. They seemed to me the more graceful in appearance of the diesels and certainly looked well in the lake district scenery.
We left Bullgill for a posting at Gisburn on the Blackburn-Hellifield line. He eventually retired from the railways as a booking clerk at Colne. This was due to Station Managers being introduced replacing individual Station Masters.
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Bulgill Station Looking West