Friday 24 Nov 2006


Region & Route:
Eastern: Anglia
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It’s all change for Anglia signaller Dali Jabbar who is going full steam ahead into retirement after working on the railway for 45 years and helping millions of people enjoy a smooth journey. Dali first joined the railway in 1961 after moving to Britain from Kenya and began as a ‘telegraph boy’ at the former Westwood Junction signal box in Peterborough. After 20 years service at Peterborough, Dali moved to work in Ipswich signal box for 18 years until 1999 before moving to cover a number of signal boxes on the Colchester to Clacton line including East Gate, Clacton and Thorpe-le-Soken where he is set to end his career next week. The railway veteran, who celebrates his 65th birthday when he officially retires on Wednesday 29 November, said: “I am proud to have been part of the railways in East Anglia for so long and have some very special memories to cherish. I’ve lived through the days of steam, electrification and modernisation of all railway equipment and have enjoyed each day as much as my first, almost half a century ago.” Network Rail’s Route Director Jon Wiseman said: “Dali’s incredibly long service with Network Rail, and formerly British Rail, shows his enthusiasm and commitment to the railway. Over the past 45 years, he has helped thousands of train services run smoothly, safely and on time. We’d like to wish him a very happy retirement – he will be greatly missed.” Dali lives in Ipswich where he has been an Ipswich Borough Councillor since May 1990 and will continue to serve into his retirement. Dali’s career history:
  • 24 April 1961 – Dali is employed as a ‘telegraph boy’ at the former Westwood Junction signal box in Peterborough
  • 1966 – Dali is promoted to become a signaller at Peterborough North Signal Box
  • September 1981 – moves to become signaller Ipswich signal box where he stays for the next 18 years
  • 1999 - moves to the Colchester – Clacton line where he remains for the rest of his career covering a number of signal boxes including Thorpe-le-Soken, Clacton and Eastgate
  • 28 November 2006 – Dali retires after 45 years, 7 months and 5 days on the railway

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