Telegraphs were widely used by the railways at this time. The machines told signalmen and station staff when trains were coming, whether they were going to be late and whether there were problems at different places along the track. These days communications are made through computer networks. Most Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway employees were men at this time but women were employed in administrative and catering roles. The number of female employees increased during the First World War to fill the places of men who joined the forces.
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