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Holder, Albert Edward (Bert)

Oral Histories

2000-07-21; 2000-07-28

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.

Hall, Albert

Oral Histories


footplate, number taker, cleaner, driver; dieselisation; locomotives; father's railway work; LNER, Blaydon Goods Station, shed; show trains, 1939; numbertaking; Second World War; engine cleaner; fireman; wartime conditions, tender sheets; goods, passenger trains; rosters; Riccarton Junction, Alston; colliery workings; types of locomotive J21 (0-6-0), G5 (0-4-4 tank), V1/V3 (2-6-2 tank), J39 0-6-0, Q6 0-8-0, Austerity 2-8-0; coal trains, Darlington; Blaydon Shed, conditions; fire watching; marriage; wife's work on railway; coal shortage, Riding Mill; bombing of New Bridge Street Goods Depot; living conditions; exploding shells at Hexham Yard; Heaton Shed, 1945; goods trains, Green Arrow; conditions after 1945; firing techniques; progression to larger engines; routes, learning signals; staff relations, shedmaster; supervision duties; trade union; express passenger link; diverting Edinburgh train; Dalkeith banker; pilot; passed fireman, 1947; qualifying as a driver; route learning; spare link; royal train, Princess Margaret; royal train night stop; Cock of the North, P2 2-8-2, coal consumption; driving skills, techniques; routes to Leeds, Edinburgh; diesel electric locomotives, types of engine, Sulzer, Brush, Deltic, Type 2; training for diesels; Newcastle to Berwick training; faults; difficulties with Deltics; knowledge of diesel multiple units (DMU); spare link men, South Gosforth Depot; conditions (hours), Deltic; Tyne Yard, 1963; new marshalling yard; construction of Tyne Yard; routes covered; goods trains, speed limit, effect on routes worked; Teeside, Tees Yard, shipment traffic; types of diesel locomotive; seed potato trains, Scotland; local working in Tyneside area; Clayton Type 1 locomotive, features for driver; management relations, death of father; fatality at Brampton; incidents; preference for steam; retirement; death of wife, 1988. d.o.b.1921-01-15, railway work 1939-1984, Newcastle; London North Eastern Railway (LNER). 3.1496 x 2.8346 x .315 in.

Horne, Edward

Oral Histories


train recorder; shunter; booking clerk; traffic clerk; office services manager; Provident Mutual; modernisation; trade union; childhood; Edge Hill; Knotty Ash; St Johns Ambulance; father, family; school; first job; Second World War; first railway work, Broad Green; fatal accident; train recorder, Edge Hill; railway women workers; promotion to shunter; home life, Liverpool, 1943-1944; Edge Hill gridiron, work practice, staffing; damage, accidents; park sidings; troop trains from Liverpool Riverside; freight, livestock; gridiron staff; Garston, 1945; social life; pilfering; marriage; Edge Hill, 1945-1946, home life; courtship, wedding, honeymoon; wife's illness; working towards promotion; booking clerk, Hunts Cross, 1956; home, West Derby; promotion to Edge Hill; Provident Mutual representative, 1963; first child; buying a car; reorganisation at Edge Hill; appointment as traffic clerk; booking office duties; paybills; NUR raid on Edge Hill; house in St Helens; family caravan; school; move to Birkenhead Central; appointment as office services manager, 1985; duties of office services manager; office services manager, Liverpool Rail House; regarding; retirement; daughter; grandchildren; change of trade union; hospital fund; work as Provident Mutual agent; professional exam; impact of Provident Mutual on work; happiest time; career; impact of nationalisation; modernisation plan; decline of Liverpool; closure of gridiron; d.o.b. 1927-05-01; railway work 1942-1990. Edge Hill; Liverpool. 3.1496 x 2.8346 x .315 in.