Holder, Albert Edward (Bert)

2000-07-21; 2000-07-28 in Reading

footplate, cleaner-driver;driver training; depot supervisor; incidents; housing; childhood, London, Swansea; Swansea Eastern depot; cleaning; first firing turn; Second World War; Mumbles railway; lodging; derailment; military special trains; routes, Banbury; meeting wife; grandfather's job, tram driver; move to Chester; home turn; Birmingham; lodgings; phlumonia cabin 1946-47; Old Oak Common; nationalisation, standard locomotive classes; weather, fog; gas turbine locomotives; diesel hydraulic locomotives; tutor drivers, problems, fault guides; tutor drivers; brake tenders; "Long Tom"; "top eight link"; passed fireman; diesel training inspector; radar gun; annual rides; Class 1000 diesel; speed, location in minutes; Class 1000 diesel; auto car turns; VJ Day troop train firing at Old Oak Common; Lambeth link; link vacuum freights; GWR 47XX heavy freight locomotives; condensing tanks; weir pump; Smithfield meat market; London Underground length limit; fireman; driver; lodging; double home turn; landladies; Bert Potter, royal train driver; No. 4 link, Swansea passenger; inaugural Pullman; Britannia Class locomotives, Severn Tunnel; Paddington-Shrewsbury mileage turn; Blue Pullmans; Bristolian; mileage turn payments; conditions, shifts, wife's reactions; accident, West Ealing, 1973, inquiry, inquest; Southall depot supervisor; Southall drivers' duties; preparing train sets, crew diagrams; Ealing; guards' duties, Greenford; ticket machines; Slough, Southall, management alterations; AAM, Train Crews; Slough, platform supervisor; "bridgebashes"; incident, level crossing; retirement; railway housing; d.o.b. 1926-11-20; railway work 1942-1991. Swansea; Banbury; Slough; London.


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