Station master

The station master was the person in charge of railway stations, in the United Kingdom and some other countries, before the modern age. [cite web| url=| title=Old Occupations in Scotland| work=Scot Roots| ] He would manage the other station employees and would have responsibility for safety and the efficient running of the station.

Invariably, he would be provided with a substantial house [cite web| url=| title=Woodford Station Master's house| work=The Transport Archive| ] and, in rural communities, would have significant social standing.cite web| url=| title=The history of Scotby Station| ]

Notably in the Beeching cuts of the 1960s many of these small stations were closed and the station master's house, along with other railway property, sold off. Typically, these buildings retained their original name and in many communities the "Station Master's House" can still be found as a private dwellingcite web| url=| title=The history of Scotby Station| ] or converted into a restaurant. [cite web| url=| title=Meopham| work=Kent Rail| ]

In literature

In 1831, "The Tales of the Late Ivan Petrovich Belkin", a series of 5 short stories by Aleksandr Pushkin, was published. One of the stories is called "The Station Master".


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