Air/Water Hydraulic Accumulator Station with 14-H3 Hydraulic Pumps, O/No. 59460, c.1960

Order 59460 for Royal Ordnance Factory (ROF), Birtley, c.1960

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  • Hi John!  Brian Bowsher, Albert Brazington, Tony Barton, Derek Bennett, Johnny Worgan (2+years), to name a few. Every Wednesday the crew went to the Talent competion night at the Station Hotel in Whitley Bay and one apprentice was sent over early to reserve a table for 15 blokes. This was the worst job ever because it upset all the local “Geordies” who couldn’t get a sea. If TB arrived and didn’t have a seat the apprentice was in even worse bother than a pub full of inebriated Geordies!!

    By Tony Ravenhill (01/03/2015)
  • Hi Tony!  Thanks for adding the names. Great guys and a great story to go with it!  John B

    By John Bancroft (01/03/2015)
  • I was apprentice again with Tony Barton and his crew. I was there from the start but only stayed for about 9 months. Over time most of the fitters at Fielding’s must have spent some time there. Stayed at the Birtley Arms, Red Lion and Dun Cow + other establishments. Worked long days and played long hours! 

    By Tony Ravenhill (28/02/2015)
  • Hi Tony!  Many thanks for your contribution. Nine months must have seemed like a very long time. Doubtless over that period you must have had many people come and go; fitters, electrical, piping, etc. Can you remember the Acceptance Engineer in charge and any names of the people who contributed their skills to the installation?   John B

    P.S. I shall be uploading shortly a few photos of models of this installation, that must have been made around the tendering stage of the contract. (there will be a link from this page).  

    By John Bancroft (28/02/2015)

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