From the late 1800's the railway features in the lives of many of my Jennings ancestors and relations - with a number of engine drivers, ticket collectors and other railway associated occupations featured in our family line. Even today some might say it must be a "genetic" or perhaps highly contagious fascination that still persists in some family members with steam engines and rail travel.
Fireman Arthur Jennings on the footplate (right)
of Stirling R class locomotive No.127 of the
South Eastern Railway.
Photograph taken at Addiscombe Road c.1900.
Locomotive No.127 designed by James Stirling
1895 - Built at Ashford Works.
1898 - Allocated to Deptford shed.
1914 - Rebuilt and reclassified R1 class.
1925 - Renumbered A127 as part of Southern Railway.
1951 - Renumbered 1127.
1955 - Allocated to Ramsgate shed.
1959 - Allocated to Folkestone Junction.
1949 - Condemned and broken up at Ashford Works
The list goes on......
Henry J . Jennings (Arthur's brother) - ticket collector
Walter Sydney Jennings (Arthur's brother) - engine driver. Slades Green, Kent
Ernest Jennings (Arthur's brother)- engine driver,Orpington?
Lucy Jennings (Arthur's wife) -carriage cleaner, Charing X
Ernest Arthur Jennings (Arthur's eldest son) -Engine driver, Bricklayers Arms
Olive Jennings (Arthur's daughter) carriage cleaning forewoman, Rotherhithe Road and Grove Park
William Jennings (Walter Sydneys's son) - engine driver, Tonbridge
Elsie Jennings (Ernest's daughter) -carriage cleaner, Charing X
Driver Ernest Arthur Jennings on the footplate 1955