Transport

A Life in Transport

The contributor, born in1939, entered the transport industry in Skegness as a seasonal bus conductor, then went into management for a large group of bus companies, working in many areas including Norwich, Bristol, Devon and Reading. He then began transporting chickens as distribution manager for an East Anglian poultry firm and later moved cider for a famous Hereford company. […]

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A man of many jobs. The sheet metal worker. (2016)

Eric had a long career in engineering mainly as a sheet metal worker. He says: I seem to have done many jobs, from repairing cars, to making parts for buses, making Army vehicles, precision sheet metal work, vehicle body work, refrigeration vehicle and aircraft repair, plus a little labour work. I was 14 years old […]

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A Milestone on the Voyage of Experience

One day, after his National Service, the contributor found himself outside the Cunard Building in Liverpool, and on an impulse walked in and asked for a job. This led to ten years working as a purser on cruise liners. When expecting a family he gave up the sea and took to the air, becoming an […]

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An Electrician’s Life on the Railways (1942-1993)

Ron Larner recalls his forays before finishing his apprenticeship, and finding work on the railways as an electrician. Ron details the work he did, the changes to the trains, how the nature of working relationships changed from one location to another and over time. Leaving school I left school at fourteen in 1942, and my […]

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An Engineer’s driving ambition (from 1952 on)

Michael shares his start at work whilst still at school, his engineering apprenticeship and his love of driving. Michael left his hometown of Luton to pursue his career in Norfolk applying his engineering knowledge to vehicles and plastics, and continuing his passion for driving. Beginnings I lived in Luton and from 1952 to 1956 I […]

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Coachbuilding. Wood and metal to plastic. (1942 – 2008)

George talks to WISEArchive about wanting to enter coachbuilding since his youth. Recounting his experience of the various jobs associated with coachbuilding including taking apart new cars and rebuild them into coach form, the changing nature of the industry, sea defences, redundancy and new lease of working life working in commercial refrigeration. Early days I […]

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From the Farm to Engineering Haulage

  The contributor began work as a boy on farms in North Norfolk. As mechanisation came into agriculture he became a tractor foreman and then took a job at North Walsham structural engineers Wall Engineering. He found his vocation there in haulage and delivered steelwork to be erected on site. Later he joined General Haulage […]

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It’s not a normal day! The offshore industry.

John talks about his life working in the Great Yarmouth offshore industry The early days I left school at seventeen and my first job was at Fellows & Company in Great Yarmouth. I started in the general office and from there I worked in stores control, picking up tickets issued to the various sections in […]

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Railways and Banknotes

The contributor began on the railways on an F&T apprenticeship at the LNER loco works in Stratford in the early 1940s. He was fascinated with the power and speed of the machines in the workshops. Later he moved to the Bank of England printing works in Ongar. He tells about working conditions in heavy machine shops. On retirement […]

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Sailing through work. The potted history of Roy Forder.

I was born in January 1942 in Reedham at Ship Cottages next to the river by the Ship Inn and the swing bridge. A year later, we moved to Vine Cottages, 24, Riverside. It’s now split into three but we lived in the one which is renamed as Podgers Cottage after my father. I attended […]

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