- Freda has sent a clipping from a local newspaper about her Grandfather; ‘ENGINE DRIVER’S RETIREMENT - Passengers on a
Gosport train were surprised when, without any apparent reason, the staccato raps of fog signal were heard. This was the method adopted by Mr. Frederick George Underwood
to show that after 48 years with the railway service he was driving his last train and was retiring. His colleagues took leave of him later, and Driver W Linney, in their name presented him with a walking
stick, together with an umbrella for Mrs. Underwood. Mr. Underwood, who has taken up residence at 53 St Ann’s Crescent, Gosport, was the pioneer driver of the Drummond steam cars on the spur line from
Fratton to Southsea, and he continued on that service until August 1914, when the line was closed. In the following December he was appointed to Gosport, Fareham and Meon Valley line passenger service. He has
been driver in charge for the last 91/2 years. His proud boast is that he has never had an accident, and never been late for duty.’ She said, ‘ I don’t know which paper or what year,
could be around 1923, can you throw any light on this?