The Railway Review, the weekly newspaper of the National Union of Railwaymen (NUR), is an integral source for my thesis investigating the idea of the ‘railway family’ between 1900 and 1948. The NUR discussed the ‘railway family’ as encompassing all railway workers and used this idea to command the loyalty of railwaymen and their non-working wives and children. My thesis will explore how the railway companies and trade unions maintained and extended the idea of the ‘railway family’ and how successful this idea was for meeting their aims.
The Railway Review published reports from NUR branches and other meetings around the country, which acted as a way to create a ‘community’ of union members. They may never have met each other in person, but members of the union celebrated the achievements of fellow union members, mourned their death and coordinated political activity through the pages of the newspaper. In this way, the idea of the ‘railway family’, as a community of railwaymen drawn together through their shared interests, was communicated through the pages of The Railway Review.