October 06, 2004
Slough in pictures Part 3

More exciting stuff from Slough. (You can catch up with all the amazing things I have ever written about Slough here, here, here, here, here and here.)

There is a stuffed dog in a glass cabinet on Platform 5 at Slough station. The inscription on the plaque at the base of the cabinet is titled “Station Jim”.

I see Station Jim every day. It’s kind of spooky knowing that he’s dead and stuffed - on display to the world since the late 1890s. It seems that he his remembered fondly by people who have long sinced left Slough - all over the world. Including someone called Krissie who grew up in Slough but now lives in Australia. (Krissie has reproduced the words on the plaque in front of Station Jim on her blog entry from a few days ago.)

Although I’m not very fond of dogs myself - it’s quite a touching story of the life of Station Jim. Seeing him there - with the plaque and all that - makes me wonder: Station Jim lived such a simple and uncomplex life - but it was a life that moved people to want to remember him in this way after he died. By the time I die - I will have worked a hard and infinitely more complex lifetime trying to leave my own mark on society - and yet in all likelihood a contribution so inconsequentiallly undeserving of recognition in the same way as that was afforded to Station Jim. Depressing isn’t it? Still - I find the idea of being stuffed and on display in a glass cabinet very spooky.

Station Jim - Platform 5, Slough Station.

Posted by jag at October 06, 2004 11:38 PM
I'm astonished that I've been alighting at platform 5 for the last few weeks, and never seen Station Jim. I will keep an eye out next week. Posted by: Karen on October 7, 2004 01:20 PM
Fascinating (if a little bizarre!). I wonder if any other station animals have received such recognition. Posted by: Stu on October 7, 2004 05:17 PM
Karen: thanks for you comment - let us know what you think when you see him! Stu: Not sure whether any other station animals have been recognised in this way - but I would have to agree with you that it sure is a little bizarre. If not slightly cute - and spooky too. Posted by: Jag on October 7, 2004 11:01 PM
Oh jag - thanks for that! Yep you seem to have the same photo as I have. May ol' jim live forever in our hearts! Just another snippet of info - my dh lived in london in kingsbury and lived in rugby road - do you know it? He went to roe green primary school. then he moved to slough and met me!! the rest is history! lol. Keep up the excellent work on the blog! and more photos of london and everything UK!!! yes ...feeling hoemsick today can you tell? Posted by: krissie on October 8, 2004 06:02 AM
Hi Krissie - you're not going to believe this - but I am only a few metres away from Rugby Road - next street in fact (http://www.etongrove.com/pictureframes/roll-4-frame-03.htm ) - I know a lot of people on Rugby Road! Also: I know Roe Green Primary school very well. If you look through my previous postings and pictures you will find lots of them are about Kingsbury or surrounding area - and once I wrote an article on the history of Kingsbury - which people still leave comments on - especially about which famous people came from Kingsbury - e.g. George Michael - who went to Roe Green schools as well! You can see it here: http://www.route79.com/journal/archives/000093.html What a coincidence eh? Posted by: Jag on October 8, 2004 09:58 AM
Is it a small world or what?? lol. My huz lived there in the 60's and came to live in slough in 1963 and thats how he met me there - I lived over the road. WOW must go have a look at the famous peeps there - shame my huz is not famous ...maybe infamous? nah dont think so!! Posted by: krissie on October 8, 2004 02:43 PM
just emailed huz at work to show him the photos on your blog, and he says to tell you that he lived at number 45 rugby road - the end terrace - is that still there? if it is is the house in good nick? Posted by: krissie on October 8, 2004 02:58 PM
Krissie: I have sent you an email with a picture. Cheers! Posted by: Jag on October 8, 2004 08:30 PM
cheers - got it!! thanks! Posted by: krissie on October 9, 2004 03:49 AM
They say that people are often remembered. After they die. So now, that even applies to dogs. Sure.. nobody wants to be a museum piece...... I would rather be a statue than a stuffed human Posted by: sat on October 9, 2004 06:31 PM
Me too Sat! :-) Posted by: Jag on October 10, 2004 08:37 PM
It was probably a nice dog when it was alive, but it's one manky looking whelp now. Posted by: Vanessa on October 13, 2004 02:01 PM
You're absolutely right - although the pic doesn't convey it really very well - the dog is really quite manky. Posted by: Jag on October 14, 2004 11:20 PM
I first noticed Jim after narrowly missing a train for Paddington. He is a marvel of early-modern embalming. One day 'Station Jag' will stand beside him in formaldehyde glory. Posted by: Rhys Lewis on October 20, 2004 01:35 PM
Yes - one day I will be standing there alright - waiting forever for a train to Ealing Broadway! :-) Posted by: Jag on October 21, 2004 11:21 AM
I pass the dog every day and I don't think of him as deaded or anything like that.. just a nice scary dog in a box! I just decided to show a friend (Andrew) a photo and found out he has been there since 1890's so I am looking forward to leaving early and seeing him again... the dog that is! Posted by: Darwin on October 22, 2004 11:24 AM
Wow, I remember this dog. Worked in Slough for 6 months for amazon.co.uk. Unfortunately, I lived there too, so wasn't a daily commuter. The first time I saw Jim, I had to do a double take, cause I couldn't believe it. But, yes. A very touching story. Creepy, but touching. Posted by: frito on November 10, 2004 08:00 PM
Darwin: Yes - Station Jim has been there for over 100 years! Frito: Thanks for your comment! Posted by: Jag on November 11, 2004 03:24 PM
I am from slough and have lived there on numerous occasions, most recently a year ago when i was there for 2 yrs. Its shit!! and station jim is grim. Ricky James, Newcastle. Posted by: ricky james on February 22, 2005 11:57 AM
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