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Born in the West Riding town of Normanton. Peter Kirton joined the steam age British Railways in March 1951 to a career that was to span nearly 43 years. beginning in a strange new world of a busy signal box, as a train recorder. When 18 years old, like most young men at the time, he was called away to National Service, serving with the Army in Germany and Kenya.
Returning to the railways he passed as a signalman at his first signal box. Normanton No.3 Goods. Becoming more proficient he moved to a main line box at Oakenshaw North Junction. Seeking promotion his next box was on the old Great Northern line at Balne Lane. and then on to Whithams Sidings signal box at Wakefield Kirkgate on the old Lancashire & Yorkshire. Returning to Normanton his next position was at the busy Station North box, before making his final move in the signalling grade as a top class relief signalman working at any one of 15 signal boxes.
In 1968 with modern technology taking over the old signalling systems and one new power signal box doing the work of many. he decided to try for promotion in a different department of the railway. eventually landing a job as a Carriage Cleaning Inspector at Clifton Sidings, York. Little realising what he was letting himself in for he moved house to York along with his wife and two small children. He was to have this position for three years and it proved invaluable in increasing his knowledge of railway maintenance. workings. and coaching stock. In 1971 due to the reduction in status of Clifton Carriage Sidings. he. like many more, found himself redundant and had to seek another new career on the railways.
A vacancy had arisen for a Travelling Ticket Inspector. based at Leeds. and after an interview Peter Kirton entered yet another side of the railway. one that he really enjoyed and where he was to spend 17 years, the last six as Chief Inspector and where he became expert on all the many aspects of revenue protection. In 1988 a new grade was formed incorporating revenue protection and train operating, applying for one of these positions he was appointed Senior Trains Inspector. In 1991 he made his final move - to York Headquarters, as Chief Trains Inspector liner-City East Coast.
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