Woman railway worker

Photograph of a British woman railway worker, undated.

The transport industry was one of the largest wartime employers of British women. This photograph shows a woman railway worker taking the number of a train at an un-named platform station. Two men are looking on from the train itself. Though it appears staged, the photograph probably offers an unwitting insight into the division of labour between men and women in the railway industry during the war. Though large numbers of women were employed as station staff, far fewer were allowed to work as train drivers.
IWM Q 28014
Woman railway worker
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