New book celebrates the life and times of railwayman

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A book chronicling the career of a lifelong railwayman will be unveiled this weekend.

Becoming a Goldbraid, by author Susan Oldfield, follows the story of her grandfather James Herbert Dobson who rose from a boy clerk to become stationmaster.

In the early days of his career –around 1920 – he moved to Kirkbymoorside and fell in love with the town where he lived for most of the rest of his life

He quickly established himself as a “pillar of society” – working as a churchwarden among other roles – and wrote many humorous articles about the town and its people.

In addition, he wrote the famous “John Goldbraid” articles about a fictitious stationmaster for the railway magazine – ridiculing the hierarchy of the North Eastern Railway

The irony is that Mr Dobson eventually became a “Goldbraid” himself – serving as station master at Kirkbymoorside from 1942 until his retirement in 1955.

Becoming a Goldbraid tells his life story and also 
contains many of the articles he wrote, and should be a treasure trove of information for both local and railway historians. There will be a promotion of the book on Friday and Saturday during an auction of railway and transport memorabilia at Ryedale Auctioneers which is based on Cook’s Yard, Kirkbymoorside.

Pictured: Angus Ashworth, owner of Ryedale Auctioneers, (centre) with author Sue Oldfield and her brother, Simon

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