Transport

A Life in Transport (1960-2004)

John had plenty of experience within the bus industry before and during nationalisation working for the Tilling group and the National Bus Company. He would use his knowledge with Buxted Chickens, Bulmers and Williams Cold Storage. John finished his varied career by becoming a signalman. On the buses… I went to the local grammar school […]

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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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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 (1942-2010)

John served his apprenticeship on the railways and worked for what became British Railways in the machine shop at Stratford.. He left to work for the Bank of England printing works on grinding machines where he stayed until 1988. In retirement he volunteered for the North Norfolk Railway. Early days at the steel works I […]

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Ups and downs of steam (1943-1996)

Edmund was born in Great Yarmouth and began work in 1943 as an apprentice in post-war reconstruction there. He then worked on the Railways based in the Carpenter’s shop in Norwich. He gives a fascinating picture of the world of steam engines and the transition to diesel. He tells where the nameplate on the Norwich […]

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