Andrew Ellis

I got an apprenticeship at Fieldings in1960.  The press I remember working on most was the 400 ton three mould slab and kerb press.  In the Light Machine Shop I made dozens of silver steel rollers for the table bearing housing. (I don’t remember the proper names for these parts).

In the Heavy Machine Shop I machined the table bearing housings from forgings on the vertical borer and then I was moved to the heavy horizontal borer where I machined the main cylinder and crossheads. The horizontal borer was very interesting, it was big and old but so versatile, from large bores to drilling small holes, facing , fly cutting , milling. Fascinating work.   Andrew Ellis.

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