John Gibbons

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John Gibbons

1922 - 2007

John worked from October 1972 to March 1979 primarily with the Permanent Way Department as supervisor, and engine driver but also with other departments as guard and signalman. (Howes 2014) He was always accompanied by his dog, Bilbo Baggins. Bilbo was famous for wearing a high visibility vest when on duty on the track and a "traffic" jacket complete with crest on the trains..

John had an interesting background as a teacher and a monk.[1] He recounted that he was sitting on the tender of Prince on the loco's first run with the passenger train, driven by Allan Garraway, in 1955.


  1. ^ "John Nicholson Gibbons 1922 - 2007", Ffestiniog Railway Magazine, Issue 197, page(s): 285

Howes F (2014) The Chairman's Piece, pages 6 & 7, HGJ No. 118.