Object type
premium apprentice; A.J. Cook; training; drawing office; conditions; progressman; locomotive repair; acting shed master; supervisory shed foreman; relief mechanical foreman; derailment; steam locomotive speed tests; diesel railcar; locomotive shed master; L.P. Parker; O.S. Nock; mutual improvement class; weather, snow; LNER Pacific locomotives; locomotive inspections; mileage; overhauls; Clean Air Act; Local Departmental Committee (LDC); managing footplate staff; discipline, exceeding speed restrictions; Deltic locomotives; technical and rolling stock assistant; maintenance schedule; Class 31 locomotives; end of Divisional maintenance organisation; voluntary redundancy; d.o.b. 1925-08-13, railway work: 1941- , London & North Eastern Railway (LNER); London Midland & Scottish Railway (LMS); Midland Railway; Great Central Railway; Great Northern Railway; Hull & Barnsley Railway; Midland & Great Northern Railway; British Rail Eastern Region; Great Western Railway; British Rail Western Region; London Midland Region; Ffestiniog Railway; Gresley Society; A1 Steam Locomotive Trust; Flying Scotsman Association; A4 Society; Doncaster works; Roundwood; Rossington; Doncaster Carr yard; Hornsea; Scarborough; Colwyn Bay; Crewe; Wigan Mining and Technical College; Crimpsall works; Barkeston junction; Ipswich; Norwich; Melton Constable; Cromer Beach shed; Stratford works; Yarmouth; Lowestoft; Leicester; Cambridge; Bury St Edmunds; March; Ely; Mildenhall; London Liverpool Street; Peterborough; London King's Cross; Claypole; London Marylebone; Sheffield; Manchester; Woodhead tunnel; Stoke Bank; Skegness; Hemerdon Bank; Plymouth; Hatfield; Dunstable; Luton; Hitchin; Boston; Grantham; Edinburgh; Newcastle; Edinburgh Haymarket shed; Kentish Town shed; Letchworth; Connington; Melbourne, Australia; Salt River locomotive works, Bloemfontein, Bethlehem, Cape Town, Natal, South Africa; Bulawayo, Rhodesia (Zimbabwe); Vancouver, Ontario, Quebec, Canada;

Townend, Peter Norman

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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.

Holder, Albert Edward (Bert)

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2000-07-21; 2000-07-28

lamp-boy/lamp man; signal box lad; signalman class 5, 3, 2; relief signalman; interview; depot recalled; engine and brakevan, collecting coal; duties, shifts described; destribution of lamps and cleaning with pumice; coaches described; Second World War, blackout of boxes, duties, telephones, ground discs; relationships with signalmen, shift arrangements; description of locomotive depot, turntable, triangles; cleaning of signal levers; box described; sidings; traffics described; Tyers 2-way Absolute Block; promotion; bomb trains, tank engines, spark-arresters; Staff & Ticket System; shunting, sugar beet trains; sugar transportation; further promotion; Permissive Block and Wrong Direction working; horsebox wagons; horse shunting; "Footballer Class" locomotives; incidents; circus trains; collision, enquiry; emergency bell codes; closures "Clauds" (D16); 1500s (B12); Beeching years; traffic decline; electrification; remains of stations and earthworks; releif signalman duties and conditins; single line working; closure of intermediate boxes; panel working, incremental change; pilotman; barrier duties; last turn of duty; National Union of Railwaymen (NUR), branch secretary; d.o.b. 1929-06-25, railway work 1944-1994, Bury St Edmunds, locomotive depot, Eastgate, Junction Box, Goods Yard; Ipswich-Cambridge; Warren Hill Sidings (Newmarket); Thetford Branch line (Ingham, Seven Hills Halt, Barnham & Thetford Bridge; Long Melford; Saxham; Highham); Kennett, signal box; Chippenham Junction; Thurston; Colchester Power Box; Cippenham Junction (east); Warren Hill Juction (west); Snailwell Junction (north); Whelnetham; Cockfield; Lavenham; StowmarketWhitemoor; Elmswell; Thurston; Manningtree; Cambridge; Ely; March; Norwich; Mellis box; Diss Flordon; Haughley Junction; Needham Market; Claydon; Ardleigh Box; Finnigham; Flordon; Chippenham Junction; Dullingham; Six Mile Bottom; Fulbourn; London North Eastern Railway (LNER);

Bumpstead, Arthur

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