TECHNICIAN (Leeds Works Delivery)
March 2006 — Present
March 2006-November 2007
After 21 years of working in industrial surroundings I felt it was time for a change and was persuaded by a friend to take the plunge apply for a job on the railway ! Starting as a Basic trackman at 38yrs old I thought it was going to be a long time before i would get used to the lifestyle and shift patterns but soon found it was a job that suited me and i took to it a lot better than i expected ! After only a few months I became a COSS and began taking a leading role within the gang quickly learning how and why the permanent way works !
November 2007-April 2010
Having proved my qualities as a team leader I was asked to take the role of Track Chargeman in the Leeds Heavy Maintenance Gang (now Leeds Works Delivery Unit ) initially starting off as a block item gang we took on jobs like spot resleepering and small track rerailling work after a few months the jobs started to get more challenging and rewarding like deep digs and replacing complete track sections ,ballast renewels,cess lowering and drainage installations etc.
April 2010-Present day
Due to staff re-organisation and being 'displaced' from my posistion of Track Chargeman I took up the posistion of technician in Leeds Works Delivery maintenance department. Although no longer known as being the Team Leader I still carry out the same duties as more often than not our gang is split up into smaller work groups and teams are sent out to different work sites.
Recently I have often been working in Neville Hill Train Maintenance depot acting as Team Leader for the group maintaining and improving track within the depot.