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Old 27th October 2015, 16:43   #1
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Default BR Station Announcers of Old

Apologies if this subject has already been raised elsewhere.

Phil Sayer is no doubt the most recognisable announcer these days, but does anybody know the names of those responsible for the recorded station announcements around London and the south-east during the BR era ?

Here's an example of one from YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Y8m6AyJQYI at the 2:55 mark. This chap seemed ubiquitous around the region !
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Old 27th October 2015, 17:08   #2
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Bletchley had him - it seemed somehow fitting in the station's historical context. Unfortunately he was fried during a lightning storm in the mid 2000s, and was replaced eventually with the standard "dystopian future" woman as pioneered at Manc Picc and now used throughout the network.
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Old 28th October 2015, 12:24   #3
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My best friend from school, indeed still my best friend, was the station announcer at Kings Cross for a while in the early 1990s. Quite spooky to hear the voice and know who it is!
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I used to love announcing - shame in many places it's been replaced with the auto Doris that is useless with anything but a perfect service in place.
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Lovely, lovely EPB's.
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There a quick tour of the old London Bridge Station Announcement Tower and the panel on Kent Rail. http://www.kentrail.org.uk/London_Br...ment_Tower.htm . Due for demolition next year.
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Angela Peberdy was the voice on the Southern Region in the 1970s - immortalised on The Members' 'Sound Of The Suburbs' (the original single version, not the inferior recording found on compilation CDs today). Perhaps a little clipped and plummy by today's standards.
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There a quick tour of the old London Bridge Station Announcement Tower and the panel on Kent Rail. http://www.kentrail.org.uk/London_Br...ment_Tower.htm . Due for demolition next year.
That really is a fascinating find. All the times I passed there not realising it was a little capsule of 1994 !
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Old 31st October 2015, 13:26   #9
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I certainly remember a particular female announcer, but not sure it was Angela.
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I used to love the Asian announcer at Wolverhampton.
Vulverhamperton this is Vulverhamperton
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I always used to enjoy getting on what the station announcer described as the "Surface for London Euston" at Hemel Hempstead.
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Good old Welsh boy at Neath - used to call out in a local accent "Neath , this is Neath - pause - Edgar , old boy coming over - hold the train boy - Neath , this is Neath...Swansea train " - circa 1976.
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Angela Peberdy was the voice on the Southern Region in the 1970s - immortalised on The Members' 'Sound Of The Suburbs' (the original single version, not the inferior recording found on compilation CDs today). Perhaps a little clipped and plummy by today's standards.
Classic stuff - and as you say "Staines - this is Staines" embedded now.

Supertramp had a track called "Rudi's on a train to knowhere (half way down the line) - which has the Reading announcer circa 1974 calling out all stations to Oxford. ....


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The announcer on the Supertramp track is still on the railway! He was a trainee then and is now, after a varied career, the timetable guru for a certain TOC.
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The announcer on the Supertramp track is still on the railway! He was a trainee then and is now, after a varied career, the timetable guru for a certain TOC.

You mean Roger ! (yes , I know who you refer to )
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Plymouth had an announcer with a lovely local burr in the 60s.
Preston too, pronouncing Blackpool North as "Norrrth" - northern, but quite unlike how they'd pronounce it in Manchester (or Liverpool).
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