First proper job with the CM&EE in the early 1970's
I served an apprenticeship in the Locomotive Works at Derby during which time I spent a few months in the C&W Works in between attending Derby Technical college to further my education.
I started as a trade apprentice but soon graduated to an Engineering Apprentice (formerly known as a Privilege Apprentice) when we were given different coloured overalls and everyone then stopped speaking to us!
Following the announcement of my successful exam results I was re-deployed into the offices of the London Midland Region Chief Mechanical & Electrical Engineer’s HQ at Nelson Street, Derby in late 1970 where I went into the general drawing office – this was the standard route into the wider engineering posts on BR.
The work in the DO was varied and as well as drawing components, schemes etc I also found myself getting out and about.
I also remember a visit to Liverpool Lime Street to assess the replacement of the hydraulic buffer stops there.
I also spent some time on the Electrical Equipment section working on the then new MENTOR overhead line monitoring coach which was based at St Andrews Goods Shed next to Platform One at the south end of Derby station.
I later moved to the Plant & Machinery section where the work involved rail- mounted plant. One major job at the time was the conversion of steam breakdown cranes to diesel power.
|ADB975091 known as MENTOR which
was an acronym for Mobile Electrical Network Testing, Observation and
|MENTOR stabled next to Nelson
Street in St Andrews Goods Yard in the early 1970s. This view is looking
south and the single story buildings in the left background are at the
bottom of platform 1 and are still extant. The pantograph is a GEC cross arm
which was introduced in the early 1970s
Pete Keen collection
|St Andrews Goods Shed looking
from the south was demolished in 1987 - MENTOR was stabled on the RHS of the
shed next to platform 1
Mrs M Coxon
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