Joe Crean, a train driver from Glossop, Derbyshire, concluded his last journey after more than 50 years of service, and the moment was filled with emotion as passengers and friends applauded him. Upon arriving at Manchester Piccadilly station for the final time, Joe was greeted by a crowd of people who had gathered to honor his remarkable career.
Overwhelmed, the 69-year-old wiped away tears as he bid farewell. Family and friends gathered on the platform, carrying black and white balloons and congratulatory decorations. After completing his final journey as a TransPennine Express train driver, Joe was presented with a sash that read “Officially retired” and a certificate commemorating his long tenure in the railway industry.
Joe’s career began in 1971 when he joined British Rail as a steward in the dining car. Over the years, he worked his way up to become a train driver. Reflecting on his final journey, Joe expressed gratitude for the cherished memories he accumulated over half a century on the railway.
He was especially grateful to have shared this moment with his family and his “railway family.” He now looks forward to spending more time with his wife, Christine, his sons Gary and Shane, and the rest of his extended family, who were present to witness his last drive.