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The End of the Line

Autor Ron Bateman
en Limba Engleză Paperback – 7 apr 2020
1977 was a good year for the former GWR Works in Swindon. Against all expectation it won an order to build new locomotives for the first time since 1965. Within ten years of winning that order, Swindon Works had closed, resulting in 3,500 job losses. Ronald Bateman first entered the Works Training School in August 1977, before continuing his apprenticeship 'inside' Swindon Works a year later. As a skilled coach-painter, Ronald witnessed the fight to save the works and the crushing blow of closure from the inside. He has collated both his own memories and the recollections of many other insiders to present for the first time the full story of the time when hope tuned to despair as the curtain came down on 147 years of railway engineering in Swindon.
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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9780750993128
ISBN-10: 075099312X
Pagini: 208
Ilustrații: 16 Plates, color; 32 Illustrations, color; 55 Illustrations, black and white
Dimensiuni: 234 x 157 x 22 mm
Greutate: 0 kg
Editura: The History Press Ltd

Notă biografică

RON BATEMAN embarked on an apprenticeship with British Rail Engineering Ltd, Swindon, in 1977, where he continued to work as a skilled coach-painter until the works closed. Thereafter, he worked in engineering for an orthopaedic manufacturing company, before retiring in 2016. In 2011 he became a co-founder of the Orwell Society, before taking over the editorship of the Society Journal. He lives in Umbria and Swindon.

Descriere

An active-participant account of the final ten years of Swindon Works - bringing to an end 147 years of railway engineering