Joe Crean, a dedicated train driver hailing from Glossop, Derbyshire, reached the poignant end of his illustrious 52-year career, and the occasion overflowed with sentiment as passengers and acquaintances showered him with applause. Upon reaching Manchester Piccadilly station for the final time, Joe was met by a throng of individuals who had assembled to pay tribute to his exceptional journey.
Overwhelmed by the moment, the 69-year-old brushed away tears as he bid his farewell. Adorned with black and white balloons and celebratory embellishments, his platform became a gathering place for family and friends. Following his last stint as a TransPennine Express train driver, Joe was bestowed with a sash bearing the inscription “Officially Retired” and a certificate commemorating his enduring commitment to the railway industry.
Joe’s remarkable career took flight in 1971 when he embarked on his journey as a steward in the dining car for British Rail. With time, he climbed the ranks and eventually achieved the esteemed position of a train driver. Reflecting on his final voyage, Joe expressed profound gratitude for the cherished memories he amassed throughout his five decades in the railway realm.
He found immense solace in sharing this defining moment with both his immediate family and his “railway family.” As he transitions into retirement, Joe eagerly anticipates cherishing precious moments alongside his beloved wife, Christine, his sons Gary and Shane, and his extended family, all of whom were present to witness his concluding drive.