The younger generations of today are missing out big time
Posted by Allan Campbell on January 1, 2022, 22:37:03
Most of us OLDIES remember coming into contact with heavy industry in various forms even down to the Old Steam Road Rollers. |
I remember the building of ships, big transformers etc. and other stuff in Reyrolle's. Ships engines being moved in whole or part assemblies. Ships propellers passing down the High Road. The rattle of the Consett Iron works truck past Grandmothers 24 hours a day at times.
The big rolls from Davy Roll in Gateshead.
I remember working for some months up in Vickers Elswick and Scotswood works, Army tanks being built, the sight of a complete gun turret for a warship assembled and running with dummy ammo, the base of the hoist mechanism on floor level the actual gun and its turret way up in the roof.
Walking around a corner and seeing huge steel plates with shell holes in them. Stuff dating back to the testing of the Vickers built guns over the years. Timber, Iron, Steel and timber of various combinations.
Going into a very high shed that was used to put the liners into the big 15" guns so i was told. Still never found out how or what they did in it. (something to research?).
The steam loco's, little puffers up to the big Streaks as we called them as well as the heavy haulage types. Ah the smell !
The noise of the rivet guns and chipping hammers.
The factory hooters at starting, lunch & finishing time.
The rare sight of an aircraft overhead.
The sight of the American Air Force doing their final goodbye flight around the UK before going back to the States, all silver as I recall which was odd as usually in camouflage, late 40's ?
Memories Allan C.