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LMSS Masthead

LMS Employees as at 31st December 1935

It was the workforce which made the LMS the force it was between the years 1923 and 1948, and the figures at 31st December 1935 were as follows:

LMS CENSUS OF STAFF - TOTAL NUMBER EMPLOYED

Male Adults 199 416
  Juniors, apprentices, etc. 13 007 212 423
Female Adults 8 904
  Juniors 893 9 797
    Total 222 220

NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES IN PRINCIPAL GRADES CENSUS

Officers, clerical & technical staff   Totals
Officers & male clerical staff 25 018  
Women clerical staff 4 507  
Station masters, goods agents, etc. 2 000  
Technical staff 1 156  
Traffic control staff 878 33 559
Supervisory staff-all departments (other than shop & artizan, & police)   4 039
Conciliation staff    
Locomotive department    
Engine drivers 12 672  
Engine firemen 12 063  
Engine cleaners 3 365  
Shed staff & other grades 5 561 33 661
Traffic department    
Foremen (other than supervisory) 1 690
Guards - goods 5 875
Guards - passenger 2 044
Porters - all grades 9 441
Shunters 6 163
Signalmen 10 120
Ticket collectors 1 020
Parcels vanmen & boys 1 789
Other grades 2 201 40 343
Goods department    
Foremen - working 391
Checkers, loaders, porters etc. 11 028
Capstanmen 758
Carters & vanguards 6 454
Motor drivers & attendants 6 163
Other grades 3 518 24 504
Carriage & wagon department    
Carriage cleaners & washers
Male 2 675
Female 72 2 747
Carriage & wagon examiners, oilers etc. 2 088
Other grades 386 5 221
Civil engineer's department    
Permanent way men 19 673
Signal & telegraph staff 2 668 22 241
Total Conciliation Staff 126 070
Police staff including supervisory 732
Shop & artizan staff (other then clerical & technical & marine department)    
Supervisory - all departments 869
Male Staff
Locomotive, carriage & wagon departments 29 995
Civil engineer's department    
Permanent way 7516
Signal & telegraph 932
Electrical engineer's department 792
Electrical generating stations 425
General stores, stationery & sheeting department 1324
Other departments 742
Female Staff
All departments 551 43 146
Ancilliary business staff (excluding clerical, except for the hotels)    
Canals 754
Docks & quays 2 568
Marine staff afloat
Male 1 528
Female 40 1 588
Motor omnibuses & road vehicles 5
Hotel, refreshment rooms & dining cars (including clerical)
Male 4 267
Female 2 770 7 037
Marine shop & artizan staff 309 12 261
Miscellaneous grades not allocated    
Male 556
Female 1 857 2 413
 
Grand Total of LMS Employees 222 220

Artizan staff would embrace professionally qualified personnel, highly skilled specialists and managers of departments.

These figures are but a summary but behind these figures, the LMS could rely on a dedicated and loyal workforce, perhaps at times more loyal than the Company could have expected.

Off duty, the employees engaged in a wide variety of activities, which were organized for their benefit and enjoyment. The use of Company premises for clubs and societies was common, which invariably led to the initials 'LMS' forming part of their title including the LMS Rifle Club, LMS Fur & Feather Society, LMS Ambulance Group and the LMS (London) Variety Orchestra, to name but a few. Competitions were organized between similarly interested groups around the system, and representative teams drawn from clubs and societies competed against the other railway company teams in national railway championships. There was no television, and radio programmes were, of necessity, formal and predictable so railway employees took their leisure time alongside some of the colleagues they worked with.

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