Published: 15/06/2018
ISBN: 9781788034609
Format: Paperback

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I Would Have Done the Job for Nothing
by J S Forrest C. Eng. MIMechE

This book is a fly on the wall account of behind the scene events of running a railway including the odd occasion when the fly got swatted. Initially, it covers life in a busy locomotive works at Crewe during the age of steam and how John's career developed and led to his moving from the Wirral to the East Midlands to work in the Derby Locomotive Drawing Office. There he learnt a huge amount from so many great engineers but it was there he also learnt that he was not suitable nor qualified for the monastic life.

For promotion prospects, John transferred to the Headquarters at Derby just as the Diesel Railcar modernisation started and he joined a small group of technicians who were the link between the depots and the design organisation. This new team identified and resolved the many issues of the new diesel locomotives, some of which were serious and caused in part by the rush to change without adequate facilities, training, tools and the rest.

Many of the facts in this book may never have previously been told first hand and although some were almost hilarious, others could have been quite serious and dangerous to the public if they had not been dealt with in a professional way. The book covers John's involvement in inspection and testing of new and refurbished traction units prior to going to traffic including Class 20, 25, 26, 46, 47, 56 & 58 and the two greatest the Deltic and High Speed Trains. It aims to detail the attraction of engineering and how the job was made so much more because of the people I worked with and how we were able to solve the many problems whilst still having fun.

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