Saltley Firing Days - Volume 2: Through the Links, 1952-59 (Working Lives)
In Volume I of Terry Essery's account of his years as a locomotive fireman working from Birmingham's Saltley shed, we learned of his apprenticeship on the shovel and followed the early development of his career. In Volume 2 the story continues as he progresses through the various 'links' - groups of crews rostered for specific duties - taking him around the immediate Birmingham area, and further afield to Gloucester via the demanding Lickey Incline, and to Leicester, Burton, Sheffield, and ultimately over the Settle and Carlisle line. Terry's account culminates with dramatic and vividly described journeys over Ais Gill, one with a mechanical-stoker 9F - as he says, 'Mauling with the elements only added more spice and sense of achievement to the Carlisle runs.'
Softback, 144 pages, black & white photographs
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