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A group of engine cleaners at Grantham Loco on class A1 locomotive No.60114 W P Allen. On the left of the group is Maurice Parker, and next to him is Roy Evans. The names of the other three are not currently known.
Photograph lent by Phil Cunnington.

W P (Bill) Allen CBE started his railway career as a cleaner on the Great Northern Railway at Hornsey, north London, and rose through the ranks to become a driver. He also rose through the ranks of the footplatemen's union ASLEF, becoming its General Secretary in 1940. He was later appointed a member of the Railway Executive of the British Transport Commission, the body created in 1948 under transport nationalisation to oversee the operation of British Railways.

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