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Newcastle to Bristol, thereby saving several hours on busy roads stuck to the seats in a Ford Anglia. We stayed at my godmother’s hotel in St. Ives and did most of our sightseeing by train, includ- ing several Western-hauled trips to places like Plymouth and Newquay. The big diesels made a lasting impression on me that took me on to the next stage, but more on that later.

By then Dad had a new job. Made redundant at British Ship Re- search Association in Wallsend, he was lucky enough to be taken on by the newly formed Tyne & Wear PTE as a draughtsman in the early development stages of the Metro. I went from being able to go with him on board Wallsend supertankers to riding on the Metro Test Track, even driving on one occasion. Not many 12

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    year-old boys can boast a better train set than that! Little did I

imagine that 30-odd years later there would be steam trains run- ning on the same route!

(To be continued in the next issue.)

Colin Alexander

Middle Engine Lane in 1977 – prototype Metrocar 4002 receives attention a Hong Kong Metro train, also constructed by Metro- Cammell in Birmingham, makes use of the facilities. That’s Dad on the far right.

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