In the 1920s Charles Parker was one of Grantham's top link drivers and clearly a master of his craft, as our first extract from The Grantham Journal in November 1926 demonstrates:
The trip described above was recorded by Cecil J. Allen and a more detailed description of it appeared, many months later, in The LNER Magazine for June 1927. The crew's names were not given in that account but fortunately, in the paragraph illustrated above, the local paper identified the driver. Regrettably, it failed to acknowledge the fireman's efforts.
Here is a superb impression of No. 4479 Robert the Devil lifting an northbound express up the bank out of King's Cross station.
Driver Parker's obituary from 1937, below, leads on his commitment to local Methodism. It refers to his family circumstances as a young man and to a change in career which brought him to the railway. We also read about his charitable work and involvement in local politics.
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