True stories from the GWR footplate during the years 1939-45.

 

INTRODUCTION.

                          AT THE START OF THE 1939-45 WAR, WHILE STUDYING AT COLLEGE, THE AUTHOR WAS CALLED UP AT 16 YEARS OLD, TO BE TRANSFERRED TO WAR WORK IN A RESERVED OCCUPATION. HE WAS DIRECTED TO THE GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY WHERE HE SERVED FOR 7 YEARS ON THE LOCOMOTIVE FOOTPLATE UNTIL HE WAS RELEASED IN 1947 WHEN HE WAS ABLE TO RESUME HIS STUDIES.

ALL STORIES IN THIS BOOK ARE TRUE HAPPENINGS THAT HE EXPERIENCED DURING THIS PERIOD.

AUTHOR A.T. FAULTLESS. IEng MIMech IE.

 

This is a collection of short stories by a ex- GWR fireman during the war years 1939-45 "True stories of the GWR footplate" below is a list of the stories which can be downloaded individually or as one. They are in Word format, if required in any other format please email and let me know and i will do my best to get them to you. If you enjoy reading these stories  please email me with your comments so that i can pass them on to the author (email address at the bottom of the page). These stories were originally going to be published as a short book but due to the high publishing costs on a short run the author decided against it, they were then given to me to have a read of and i was given permission to put them on this website for all to read.

All stories are © copyright of the Author A.T FAULTLESS

 

  Cover and Introduction.   195kb.                                                                                  Download                                                                 

                                          Picture of Old Oak Common turntable and The start of things to come.    370k                Download

                                          Signals.    182kb.                                                                                                         Download                                                                                          

                                          GWR - Promotion to steam engine driver.    26.5kb.                                                      Download                                       

                                          My first trip on the GWR footplate.    1.99mb.                                                              Download                                                  

                                          Gonna ride on the engine.    30.5kb.                                                                             Download                                                          

                                          The diminishing long tom.    5.18mb.                                                                            Download                                                          

                                          6000 King George V - Pride of the GWR.    36kb.                                                         Download                                         

                                          The kleptomaniac.    201kb.                                                                                         Download                                                                        

                                          Straight back.    32.5kb.                                                                                               Download                                                                          

                                          The crash.    234kb.                                                                                                    Download                                                                        

                                          It was all in a days work.    37.5kb.                                                                              Download                                                               

                                          Fireworks on the Oxford to London express.    30kb.                                                     Download                                       

                                          The officers mess.    27kb.                                                                                          Download                                                                        

                                          Conversion to oil burning.    32kb.                                                                                Download                                                               

                                          Going Royal.    27.5kb.                                                                                               Download                                                             

                                          General Lee.    25.5kb.                                                                                                Download                                                      

                                All the above stories in one download.    Download size 8.5 mb.                Download 

 

 

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