Blue plaque for first black train driver

2021-12-09 -
Array, ASLEF
A blue plaque dedicated to Wilston Samuel Jackson, Britain's first black train driver

On the 25th October 2021 a blue plaque was unveiled at London King's Cross station to honour Wilston Samuel Jackson, Britain's first black train driver.

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Wilston Samuel Jackson is in the cab of locomotive 60082

 Wilston was a proud ASLEF member and has spoken about the importance of being part of the union.

Despite suffering significant injuries in a crash, he continued to work in the industry and became and inspiration to many in the generations that came after him.

You can read more about Wilston's story on his family's website here.

At the unveiling event, representatives from Network Rail's management and BAME staff committee spoke and attendees also heard from Wilston's daughter Polly about the importance of the plaque to her family.

Members of the family from several generations also joined representatives from the rail industry at the event along with Mick Whelan, ASLEF general secretary, Howard Kaye, Executive Committee Member for District 5 and Andy Hudd, Executive Committee member for District 7.

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