May, Harvey

2002-12-13; 2003-01-10;2003-02-13; in Interviewee's home

Born in 1932 at Wood Green, London; memories of Blitz; interest in Railways; joins Land Registry at Lincolns Inn; joins Works Maintenace Section of Chief Civil Engineer's Office at Kings Cross in 1952; workings of Drawing Office; Special Trains, last Ivatt Atlantic and Henry Oakley; transfer to District Engineer's Office at Kings Cross; Coaling Plants and Water Troughs; Examination of tunnels; services on the Kings Cross District; Resident Engineer for construction of new bridge at Langley; joins Permanent Way section and Electrification team; transfer to Stratford; life at Stratford; supervision of electrification between Stratford and Cheshunt via Tottenham Hale; stabilisation of bank slips; promotion to Kings Cross and the Great Northern Electrification scheme; Resident Engineer for Kings Cross to Wood Green ;rail lubrication; rail grinding and re-profiling; Network South East at Liverpool Street; Railtrack Southern Zone at Waterloo and the Plan Arch; retention of records; establishing structure for monitoring contractors; contribution on Ultra Sonic work and welding; d.o.b 1932.09.22, Railway work 1952 to 1994. Wood Green; Hornsey;East Side Offices, Kings Cross; Kings Cross Motive Power Depot; Langley Water Troughs; Finsbury Park; Gasworks Tunnel; Welwyn Garden City; Moorgate;Pondsbourne Tunnel; District Civil Engineer, Stratford; Liverpool Street; The Grove, Watford; Waterloo;


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