Kathleen Willingham has a 91 hour
week job, but British railways says its only a part time job:
36 year old mother of four.
Kathleen looks after the level crossing at Mount Bures, near Colchester,
Essex, is fighting with British Railways to get her 91 hour week
Mrs. Willingham pulls a level 144
times a day, and wings the large level crossing gates at least
48 times a day from six in the morning until 10:30 at night.
Even on her weekly day off her "rest day" - Mrs. Willingham
has to be on duty from 6 a.m. till 10.15 when her relief a man
Another man takes over in the afternoon because men are allowed
to work only an eight hour shift. Each week she is allowed four
hours off for shopping.
An Eastern Region spokesman said that a keeper know what the conditions
were when she took the job. Mrs. Willingham, he said, was able
to do things about the house between trains and so was considered
to be only working part time.
The left side photo portrays Mrs
Willingham working the level crossing gates which she does 48
times a day
Kathleen was born in Braintree 1924 and died Braintree 2005
Courtesy of Helena Wojtczak, author of Railwaywomen.