Memories of South Dynon in the early 19802

 
  ngarner Deputy Commissioner

Location: Seville
Many thanks for these reflections on your days as an engineman. They show both the good news and the bad news of the times.  The bad news was the wasted hours of manpower not productive but rostered.  The good news the rostered hours of staff available to cope with disturbances from 'normal' operations'.

The impression I get, perhaps unkindly, was of a system in decay. I can understand why you decided to leave.  I also understand that part of you is forever in waiting for the next call.

I had the privilege of working in railway service and it it equipped it me for life. I was made by the mentors and characters who gave of their time and experience. I started at 14.  I also realised that to stay was not my future.

I hope that I have been able to provide the support to young railway personnel around the world to repay the support that I was given.

Best Wishes Neil and Thanks  Again
RC6
I think you are right about the decay, RC6. The unions were in a rear guard action against change but it took until Kennett to end their efforts and not necessarily for the better, although not having experienced what he implemented I can't honestly comment on that, although a few posters here obviously have and those comments aren't all that complementary to my reading.
You'd be right about the waiting for the next call too. I have made the comment somewhere about reminiscing, considering what 'would have been', or even going back but that is all pipedreams and definitely not happening.

I appreciate your comments for their insight, partially as it shows that my efforts have shown more light on the way things happened back then than just 'sign on, work with driver x on loco number y on this line until sign off'.

Neil

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  ngarner Deputy Commissioner

Location: Seville
Neil,
Thanks for the time & effort to translate your notes into an enjoyable read.
I had never considered the amount of down time involved in an average 8 hour shift.  Except for the shunting shifts, it could be only 2- 3 hours actually in a loco cab.
Donald
That was certainly the case, Donald. Highly frustrating when I, normally, wanted to be out on the road (night shift being the most likely exception, as I made obvious more than once).
My thanks for taking the time to comment, both you and kapow, and it's gratifying to know that I could make things a bit more interesting during the life of this thread.

Neil
  billjohnston Locomotive Fireman

Thanks Neil for your efforts to record the workings of an engineman. As an absolute amateur in this area I have learnt a lot and enjoyed the read every time.

Bill Johnston
  ngarner Deputy Commissioner

Location: Seville
Thanks Neil for your efforts to record the workings of an engineman. As an absolute amateur in this area I have learnt a lot and enjoyed the read every time.

Bill Johnston
billjohnston
Gratifying that my efforts in trying to explain how things worked back then have been clear enough to people who have never experienced it for themselves that they can gain an understanding of procedures and processes that were taken for granted by us as being just 'part of the job'.
Thanks to everyone who took the time to read this and particularly those who have commented or asked questions

Neil

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