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Pictures of the Great War - jobs for women on the Railway

from: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/uknews/11133091/Women-in-Rail-How-WWI-created-rare-career-opportunities-for-women.html

Women in Rail: How WWI created rare career opportunities for women

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
<>Women locomotive cleaners grouped upon a 4-4-2 'High Flyer' Class locomotive, No 1406, at the Low Moor engine shed near Bradford, West Yorkshire, 23 March, 1917

Within a month of declaring war, over 100,000 men working on railways had enlisted, leaving vital jobs that needed filling and therefore offering women professional opportunities unheard of at a time of male dominated markets. By 1918, women held almost every job in the railway industry, including ticket collectors, engine cleaners and train painters. Women helped to keep the wheels of Britain’s industries and ensured the railways were fit to aid the war effort.


Above: Women locomotive cleaners grouped upon a 4-4-2 'High Flyer' Class locomotive, No 1406, at the Low Moor engine shed near Bradford, West Yorkshire, 23 March, 1917
 

Picture: © National Railway Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
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