By Ian Allan
When numerous generations of small boys could have dreamed of turning into engine drivers, and the top-link motive force at the nice named expresses of the age of steam can have been the top of the railways, by way of well known conception, those members may well in basic terms have gotten there with the help of myriad different trades and after years of progressing throughout the extra junior grades of footplate employees. From the common-or-garden junior porter via to the chairman of the board, the railways hired an unlimited array of alternative trades, all of whom have been crucial in maintaining the trains working. a few of these jobs, reminiscent of that of the music gangs, are nonetheless a major a part of the upkeep of the fashionable railway, yet many others, comparable to blacksmiths, have now disappeared.
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All In A Day's Work by Ian Allan