Railway Maintenance Gang, St Pancras Junction: c.1900
© Ian Galt/ Museum of London
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This photograph of a gang of railway labourers working on the track at St Pancras was taken by John Galt, a missionary with the London City Mission and an amateur photographer. Plate-laying gangs and navvies started at 6.00am and finished 12 hours later. Compulsory Sunday work meant that anyone not working that day would forfeit a day's wages. Track maintenance was hard and often dangerous work and offered few prospects. Labourers were expected to work in all weathers and were poorly paid. The London City Mission approached railway workers, among many others, to spread their Christian message and to seek potential converts.
1900 AD - 1907 AD