My parents moved to Staines in 1940 as a consequence of dad's employer, the insurance broker Norman Frizzell & Partners being evacuated there for the duration of the war. In the event, this was ironic since the Staines premises suffered an inciendiary attack in which all their customer records were destroyed, whereas the City of London offices survived unscathed.  In the 1970s my father and his contemporary colleagues recorded their memories of working in the Staines office during the early war years......

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      My formative years were spent at Staines, in the 1950s. Here are some memories of our house (in Fenton Avenue), the life and the town at that time........ 

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       Staines was served by two railway lines, the oldest being that from Waterloo to Windsor opened in 1848 by the Windsor, Staines & South Western Junction Railway, later London & South Western Railway, the Southern Railway and Southern Region of British Railways. In 1856 Staines station became a junction when the branch to Ascot was opened, and later through trains ran to Reading, Guildford and Weybridge by that route.

    It was not until 1885 that the Staines & West Drayton Railway opened their branch line between those places, operated and later owned by the Great Western Railway. Short of money, they purchased a fine Georgian house in Moor Lane, Staines and converted it to serve as their terminus station. This useful but quiet alternative route to London was closed in 1965, though parts remained open for freight traffic for many years afterwards, and the unique station at Staines survives in use as offices. 

    My edited accounts of the two lines were published in "Steam World" magazine, the SR line in the Oct-Dec 1999 issues, and the WR in July-Sept 2000, together with a selection of pictures other than my own. Back-numbers of these magazines may be available from the present publishers, Bauer Media Ltd at Peterborough, or can often easily be found at preservation sales stands and railwayana collector's gatherings. Here is my full story of the SR line through Staines Central, and the journey up to London Waterloo.....     

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and of the WR branch line into Staines West, with the journey up to Paddington........ 

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 With the current availability of the Victorian censuses, it is interesting to look at the railwaymen living in Staines from 1851 to 1901, their ages, birthplaces and job names...... 

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   Another strong interest around 1960, shared by a select group of school friends, was in the local bus services, which we used frequently, and where many of the long familiar older vehicles were beginning to disappear.  Here is a history with reminiscences of the bus routes serving Staines and its neighbourhood, also the numerous coach services which passed through the town on summer weekends.......  

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   As part of the research for these articles, I also looked in some detail at two local bus operators which seem to have been very little recorded at the time, namely Beach's Coaches of Staines, and Smith's of Reading........

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    Our school "gang" also spent many Saturdays travelling around London on "Rover" tickets, terrorising the locals, invading bus and trolleybus depots and generally causing havoc. We also encountered lots of different provincial bus operations and vehicles on our summer holidays, mainly in the west country and the Isle of Wight.  Here is our story of those times........... 

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