Bradford Observer (23/May/1949) - Meltham's Farewell to its Last Train

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MELTHAM'S FAREWELL TO ITS LAST TRAIN

Free ride for Francis, 90

"Good old Francis,” shouted people on Meltham Railway Station platform on Saturday night when 90-year-old Mr. Francis W. Creaser, boarded the last passenger train to be run from the village.

Mr Creaser, whose home is at Calmlands, Meltham, was an honoured passenger because he had ridden in the first train from Meltham 80 years ago. Because of his record some passengers on the last train asked him to autograph their tickets and he readily obliged.

Not for more than four years, from the time when special trains for war workers were run, has Meltham station been so busy. Recently there has not been one regular passenger.

DIFFERENCE IN FARES

A small number of mothers with prams have occasionally journeyed to Huddersfield by train, and sometimes children intent on collecting train engine numbers, have made the journey, but there have been few others. With the train fare at 1s. 2d. for the single journey, people have preferred to go by bus for 5d.

On Saturday 165 people, including 30 children, travelled by the last train. Crowds of others lined the platform to wave them off.

Before boarding the train. Mr Creaser shook hands with the driver, Mr. T. McCurley, the guard, Mr. L. B. Simpson, both of Low Moor, the fireman. Mr A. Carrodus, of Tong, and the stationmaster, Mr. J. Trowman.

BACK BY BUS

The last train left promptly at 7.25 p.m. and passed occasionally under over-hanging trees, on the five-mile branch line.

Mr. Creaser alighted from the train at Healey House and travelled back home by bus.

"It was a lovely day like this when the Meltham passenger train service was opened in 1869," he said. "I had a free ride then and I have had another one tonight."

Mr. Trowman, with 20 years' service at the station, will remain stationmaster and goods agent there, and take charge of Healey House and Netherton stations.