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Baker, Ken

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control; traffic apprentice; dieselisation; freight; terminals; operating; royal train; reorganisations; travel centre; childhood; family; school; holidays; church; starting work; Rotherham Masborough; Rotherham Westgate; Rotherham Control; Rotherham Control; office training; workplace atmosphere; Derby; regional boundary changes; Control folklore; weather, 1947; Second World War; nationalisation; traffic apprenticeship exam; Leicester Control; promotion, Passenger Controller; family; lodging family; promotion, Trains Office, Leicester, 1960; dieselisation; record-keeping; reorganisations; trade unions, LDC; Control Nottingham, Freight Planning Passenger Assistant; Area Terminals Manager; freight planning, passenger work; staffing; responsibilities; Area Terminals Manager; responsibilities; staff relations; VIPs; Royal Train; Silver Jubilee; training, Derby; home life, Nottingham; church; Freight Operating Assistant, Sheffield; closure of regional office; differences between regions; threat of Sheffield closure; consultation; promotion, Passenger Assistant Manager; passenger section; workload; closure of divisions; restructuring; impact of National Union of Mineworkers' strike on closure; Operations Manager, Doncaster; Doncaster Power Box; train recording; level crossings; transfer of divisional controls; role of Inspectorate; criticism of new headquarters and area organisations; relationships with area managers; businesses; house move; redundancy; York headquarters; retirement; reflections on career; achievements; Nottingham Travel Centre; regional differences; retirement; d.o.b. 1931-01-20, railway work 1947-1988, Rotherham; Derby; Leicester; Nottingham; Sheffield; Doncaster; York. 3.1496 x 2.8346 x .315 in.

Vint, John

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apprentice; electrical and mechanical engineering; locomotives; family; school; Cambridge University; English Electric Company; apprenticeship, piecework; apprenticeship, hours; Edge Hill Depot, Liverpool; locomotives; shedmasters; dieselisation; attitude; Sudan; conditions, weather; locomotive maintenance; illness; Kenya 1961-1963, load testing; diesel locomotives; conditions, high altitude; 1963, London, Finsbury Park and Stratford depots; EEC representative; locomotives Class 1-5, Deltic locomotives; manufacturer representatives; Crewe 100 AR6 locomotives; Roy Kelly; commissioning AR6s; Crewe electric traction depot; working practice; Doncaster Works staff; Walter Jarrett, engineer; Mr S.B. Warder, BRB Electrical Engineer; demonstrating electric locomotives; Shugborough Tunnel; attitude; test runs; incident in Sudan; repairs to AR6 locomotives; marriage; nose-suspended traction motors; electrification stock; attitude; marriage; Crewe; West Coast mainline; success of A6 locomotives; EEC-BR locomotive development collaboration; sales; contracts; 1968-1969 GEC, EEC, AEI; voluntary redundancy; SKF, different work practices; producing water jet boats; Westinghouse Co. 1974; Jubilee Line experimental tube train; Luke Marsden-Smedley, move to Hong Kong, 1977; house market, reaction of wife to move abroad; Hong Kong Mass Transit Corporation; rolling stock standards, Electric Multiple Units (EMU); Electrical Engineer; Design manager; GEC Traction, 1983; Singapore Metro, Chief Electrical and Mechanical Engineer; redundancy; wife's reaction; Stuart Scott, project director; responsibilities; comparison with Hong Kong; platform edge doors; energy conservation; railway architecture; London Underground, 1989; demise of engineering role; innovation; privatisation; retirement; Vintage Engineering Ltd; railway preservation. d.o.b. 1934-08-27, railway work 1950-1990s, Edge Hill; Sudan; Kenya; London; Stratford; Crewe; Hong Kong; Singapore; West Coast Mainline. 3.1496 x 2.8346 x .315 in.