After the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) absorbed the Middy in 1924, they made several staff changes to reduce costs, and much of the administrative work was transferred away from the line, with the remaining clerical staff concentrated at Stradbroke. Between November 1924 and 1929, Edgar worked as a Clerk at Kenton for three days a week. At some point after this, he was employed at Witham and Maldon East stations in Essex, presumably in a clerical role. By 1939 he had returned to the MSLR and was Yards Clerk at Stradbroke, though living in Laxfield.
During the 1930s the LNER had replaced all the Station Masters on the branch with Porters in Charge who reported to the Station Master at Haughley. In 1942, probably responding to increased wartime traffic, the post of Station Master at Stradbroke was reinstated, with responsibility for Laxfield, Wilby, Horham, Worlingworth and Kenton. Perhaps surprisingly, this post was retained after the war, and when the incumbent Robert Wilson transferred to Kirby Cross in 1945, the job was offered to Edgar Gladwell, who took over in early 1946. Unfortunately, some staff did not always treat him with the respect he felt the role deserved. Ronnie Thompson was the fireman one day when his train arrived at Stradbroke 30 minutes late, and Edgar ran down the platform showing his watch to the driver and asking in an official tone “What’s this?” The driver’s cheeky reply “A watch” made Edgar’s face turn purple with rage, and he quickly disappeared into his office.
Edgar was still at Stradbroke six years later when the line closed. On the final day of service, July 26th 1952, he was interviewed by the BBC for their “Radio Newsreel” programme.
He then transferred to Framlingham as Senior Goods Clerk, which he must have felt was a demotion, and he certainly hated the job. Although passenger services were withdrawn from the Framlingham branch in November 1952, it carried on handling freight until 1965. Edgar retired suffering from ill-health on December 9th 1954, his 60th birthday. He was clearly well-known locally as his retirement merited a brief biography in the “Diss Express”. To supplement his income after retirement, he worked for some time as an insurance agent. From his long experience on the branch, he had an enormous fund of knowledge, photographs and stories relating to the MSLR, some of which were fortunately collected by Geoff Rice and which have been subsequently published.
Outside work, Edgar was the long-serving church organist at Laxfield and Fressingfield, pianist to the Laxfield & District Choral Society, and Clerk to the Laxfield Parish Council.
Edgar Gladwell died in 1971, aged 76, though his wife Mabel lived to be over 100.