The incredible life of the oldest Thameslink employee who is a local hero in Elstree and Borehamwood
Siggy Cragwell knew that he wanted to work on steam trains when he moved to England from Barbados as part of the Windrush generation in 1962. As a little boy, the youngest of 11 children and raised by his grandmother, he had watched them on the big screens of cinemas and was fixated by their rotating wheels and spiralling steam.
At 82 years old, Siggy is Thameslink’s oldest employee and has spent the last six decades working on the railway. He seems no closer to retiring, and his eyes crinkle with a wide smile as he speaks about getting up at 4am each weekday morning to be on time for his shift at Elstree and Borehamwood Station.