National Archives of ScotlandAnyoneresearchingfamilyconnectionswiththeGNSRmayfindwhattheyarelookingforinthe survivingstaffrecordsoftheGNSR.MostofthesehavepassedtotheNational Archives of ScotlandandareavailableforexaminationinWestRegisterHouse,CharlotteSquare,Edinburgh.Refertotheir website,www.nas.gov.uk,foraccessdetails,butpleasenotethatsomeorallofthesevolumesmaybe stored off-site and require 2 days notice for access. Relevant sections include:-BR/GNS/4 Miscellaneous Books and Records161858-69List of Company's servants to be supplied with clothing, including details of articles supplied171863-70Details of staff at stations and offices, showing salaries paid and duties performed.221866-73Clerical indenture papers for Alexander Gault and George Stephenson.BR/GNS/15 Staff Records1-61870-1929Offence Books7-121885-1896Register of changes in working staff, passenger department12-201865-1920Register of staff at Stations, passenger department21-231867-1927Register of Staff - Superintendents department241912-1914Paybills - passenger superintendents department, Aberdeen251910-1922Allowances paid to retired servants261926-1935Staff Book - salaried and wages staff at stations27??-1930Staff Register, Inverurie Works281915-18Register of staff at stations (Accountant's copy)O'Dell CollectionThere is also material in the O'Dell collection in Aberdeen University Special Collections Department. See www.abdn.ac.uk/diss/historic/speclib/speclib.hti for access details. The O'Dell collection is on open access. The main item there is the GNSR Register of Changes in Working Staff, Passenger Department. 24 October 1865 to 26 December 1884, references number is OD f L2 GNS Gre r. I t includes pointsmen, goods clerks, etc., so appears to cover most station staff.There is also a Register of Applicants covering similar dates.OtherA number of accidents to railway staff have been documented on the Railway Work, Life & Death project. Follow this link to see details of the 45 members of staff who have been identified.Some staff images can be seen in our Photo Gallery [link to Photo Gallery]
If you are looking for Station Masters, you will find that prior to around 1900, they were often referred to as Station Agents. This reflects the fact that they were the Agent of the company for their particular area and were expected to deal with any commercial questions which arose.