Paul (nickname 'Lenny the Lion') with a B1 locomotive at Grantham Loco.
Photograph lent by John Aldous.
I was 16 when this photo was taken. I started work at Grantham Loco as an engine cleaner on 24th April 1962. After approximately one year I was made redundant and moved to Stratford Loco in London, where I became a fireman. I then had the chance to move back to Grantham Loco as a fireman which I did in the early 1960s. After a few years at Grantham I was made redundant once again and moved to King's Cross Loco this time. This was an excellent move. As a fireman i graduated through the links and into the top link which was the Newcastle lodge link. I can't help remembering the thrill of being one of the first firemen to travel at 100 mph on a Deltic flying along to Newcastle.
Near to getting married I decided to apply to move to Peterborough Loco circa 1973 as a secondman, where I worked until about 1980. Unfortunately I failed my driver's exam, which bitterly hurt me for years to come. Fortunately, in those days British Rail did not sack the failed men. I ended up becoming a Freight Guard, which served me well until 2004 when I had the chance to take early retirement.
The two photos bring back happy memories.