A new exhibition telling the story of a family who lived and worked at White Notley station has begun.

The East Anglian Railway Museum has opened the show on Bob and Elvie Dolling.

The family stayed at the station on the line between Witham and Braintree from 1956 until 1994 when Mr Dolling retired.

Mrs Dolling was at the Chappel museum over the weekend to see the exhibition launch.

She said that seeing the display brought back happy memories.

“The early years were hard and we had very little money to bring up a family up but we saw so many changes, mostly for the better,” she said.

“Bob and I had three real railway children and working by the station was very special.”

Mr Dolling worked for British Railways for more than 40 years and witnessed the changes from steam to diesel to electrification and the infamous Beeching cuts.

He was responsible for everything from selling tickets to looking after passengers and carrying out maintenance at the station.

Meanwhile, Mrs Dolling would operate the wooden-framed gates from 5.30am until 11pm seven days a week in the summer and six days in the winter.

Jaki Collison, the curator at the museum, said: “How they worked and lived at the station and for such a long time in one place is amazing.

“They saw what was a great period of transition for the railways.”

The East Anglian Railway Museum in Chappel is open daily.