Driver Tommy Wilson
Started: 7th February 1927 aged 18
Fireman: 20th January 1941 aged 32
Passed Fireman: 8th April 1946 aged 37
Driver: 6th March 1950 aged 41
Redundant: June 1965 aged 57
Tommy Wilson started his footplate career as a cleaner at New England on 7th February 1927.
He transferred to Louth on 8th February 1929.Three weeks later he transferred to Immingham, where he was promoted to passed
cleaner, performing his first firing duty on 28th February 1929.
on 27th September 1930 he moved back to New England, and a year later, on 3rd August 1931 he transferred to March MPD.
Unfortunately the 'thirties were not the best of times for the railways of Great Britain, and Tommy was made redundant
on 8th December 1931!...
|A young firemanTommy Wilson
...on 8th January 1934 Tommy was reinstated back on the footplate at Mexborough MPD, and 3 weeks later transferred back to
On 6th April 1936, Tommy was transferred to Ardsley, and a year later on 14th July 1937 he made his final move to Annesley.
On 20th January 1941,(aged 32!) Tommy was at last promoted to a regular fireman.
Over the next five years he fired for various drivers, learning his craft, and on 13th March 1946 he passed his technical
examination for driving, being promoted to passed fireman on 8th April of that year.
Finally, on 6th March 1950 Tommy was registered as a regular driver at the age of 41.
Driver Tommy Wilson and (unknown)fireman on the "Dido" with a great Eastern "N7" circa 1953/4