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1100, LO/446/397
Leicester Oral History Archive Collection

Speaker: Cook, Frederick, 1906 - , Interviewee, Male, Railwayman
Speaker: Carswell, J, Interviewer, Female

Summary of interview item: Describes progress with London, Midland and Scottish (LMS) railway from cleaner, to fireman, to driver. Mentions blacking out cabs during Second World War, driving to London, cooking breakfast on shovel and passengers being able to smell it. Describes incident when communication cord pulled, procedure involved. Mentions pay, hours, holiday trains, difference between Five X and Black Five engines. Very brief mention of strike money being poor during General Strike [1926]. Reflects on enjoyment of the job, life in open air.
Place of birth: Leicester
Education: Syston Street School
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: Shoe trade
Mother's Occupation: Housewife
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Language: English

Recording Date: 12/2/1988
Playing time: 26 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: yes
Cross Reference:

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