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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.

Horne, Edward

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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.

Vint, John

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Made during the interviewer training session. civil engineering; Parliamentary Acts; British Rail Board; reorganisation to business-led organisation; royal trains; weather; university; Royal Engineers, Locomotive Officer; Royal Engineers, Palestine; aid to Russia; civil engineering interest; training; 1948 East Coast mainline floods; redesign of bridges; Great Waverley route, loss of bridges; rebuilding bridges; unifying railways under BR; design of bridges; jobs, 1952-59; Parliamentary section; qualifying as civil engineer, 1955; Assistant District Engineer (Glasgow South), responsibilities, laying CWR; personalities; dispute on wooden and concrete sleepers; introduction of CWR; payment by results work study; laying CWR; comparison with modern rail-laying work; Beeching closures; resignalling Glasgow Central; Glasgow cont; inspection cars; inspections; bridge safety; Pway Engineer (Scottish Region); snow clearance; snow clearance; Works Engineer, BRB; effect of moves on family; Chief Engineer (Glasgow); burst water main; flooding from water main; royal train incidents, James Ness (GM), arrest of flag man, royal flowers; planning; Project Engineer, Channel Tunnel, 1970s; Civil Engineer Pway, BRB; Pway Sub-Committee; staff relations; power at Board level; introduction of business-led organisation; John Prideaux; dynamic track stabilisers; business-led organisation, effect on pway research; Director of Civil Engineering, 1985; Research & Technical Committee; Research & Technical Committee; highlights of career; 1940s-1980s Glasgow; London, British Railways Board.

Currie, Stewart

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royal train; stationmaster; special trains, circus, football; First Aid; trade unions; training; family; school; Second World War; career; job offer, LNER; booking office, Castleford; RAF; demobilisation; ambitions; clerk; Castleford; duties; relief clerk, Leeds; training; examinations; Chief Inspector Reynolds; royal train; HM Queen Elizabeth II; stationmaster, Earswick, 1947; duties, pick-up working; coal sales; shunting, Earswick; staff; stationmaster, Hunwick; interview; freight, Bishop Auckland; damages; staffing; conditions; hours; rosters; West Auckland; Shildon Yard; control; Darlington; Lance Ibbotson; inspections; station gardens; promotion; station house, moving house; stationmaster duties; collieries; gradient workings; coal freight; school train, Eshwinning; special trains, Durham Miners' Gala; telegraph; freight; control, career; private sidings; stationmaster; Loftus; station house, Crook, 1953; passengers, parcels; customers; brickworks; ASLEF strike 1955; football train; special trains; Yard Master, North Stockton; management style; customers; derailment; coal freight; stationmaster, Ely, 1958; ambition; BBC visit stationmaster, Ipswich; office outing; Ipswich circus train; commuters; Ipswich; staff training; First Aid movement; HST derailment; traffic management; Liverpool St; 1961; Ipswich; ambitions; training; timetables; electrification Shenfield; commuters; attitudes; staffing; Stratford; immigrants; wages; operations; Asst. Movements Ops Off., Frank Hick; Woking Staff College, 1965; District Mgr, Wakefield; freight; Movements Ops Off., steel; congestion; merry go round coal; regional merger; Div. Movements Mgr; Tinsley Yard; Regional Movements Mgr. d.o.b. 1923-03-22 railway work 1939-1982. Woking; Ipswich; Liverpool St; Tinsley Yard; London North Eastern Railway (LNER). 3.1496 x 2.8346 x .315 in.

Graham, Gordon

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2000-08-10; 2000-08-21;