Westinghouse

Westinghouse Brake & Signal Co. Ltd.

Westinghouse Brake and Signal Company Limited Chippenham Wiltshire

Westinghouse Brake and Signal Company Limited Chippenham Wiltshire

The First Year Training School Instructors

Benny Jenkins – Lacing – Wiring – Soldering – Electrics – Electronics
Bert Wheeler – Centre Lathes – Surface Grinder
Brian Fields – Sheet Metal – Forge – Gas+Arc Welding – Casting
Doug Jones – Drawing Office? – College
Rod Howell – Horizontal Millers – Shaper
Ron Witts – Fitting – Pilar Drills – Radial Drill – Heat Treatment

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Technicians

Brendan Cable
Dave Barcham
Dave Bright
John Teagle
Keith Shepherd – Did he own Rosey Cork’s Cousin?*
Mik Hole – Nutter from Newcastle.
Nick Pearce – The Apprentice Vicar.
Rob Lauder
Steve Hince – From Bradenstoke?
Steve Kenchington
Viv Sherman – Electric Guitar Player.

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Altis Engineering Sponsored Apprentices

Gordon Spiers
Lenny Goddard
Steve Brown

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Trainee Fitters

David Forward – Nutter.
Martin ‘Marmaduke‘ Tudgay – Triumph Motorcycles.
Robert Hatherall
‘Ned’ – The Fisherman?

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Trainee Machinests

Brian ‘Sam‘ Lovelock – Steam Trains.
Clive ‘Doulgal‘ Marshman – A very funny person, made us all laugh a lot.
Conrad Woodlands – Scooter.
Dave Best – Trial Bike.
Mike Hopper – Indian?
Pete Davis – Nutter.
Richard Blackburn.
Rob Alford – Ska-Mod.
Robert Gaisford – Everyone’s friend, held us all together.
Rod Minty – Bromham.
Stephen Fisher – Nutter – I think he joined us late on.
‘Gizmo’ – Radio Shop Calne.

There are probably mistakes in the above list as it is from memory 43 years on.

Westinghouse Technicians 17-01-76 © David Forward

Westinghouse Technicians 17-01-76 © David Forward

Mik Hole – Brendon Cable – Steve Kenchington – 1971 Intake

Westinghouse Apprentice Tool Box © David Forward

Westinghouse Apprentice Tool Box © David Forward

In the first year we each made a tool box and all the tools inside.

Martin Tudgay © David Forward

Martin Tudgay © David Forward

Die Wrench © David Forward

Die Wrench © David Forward

Westinghouse Travel Ticket © David Forward

Westinghouse Travel Ticket © David Forward

Thoroughly enjoyed the readings of the Westinghouse clan of 1971 (I was 1972) and spent a year in the machine shop with Brian (Sam) Lovelock. Great to see my old school mates names, Dave Forward (thought I had moved to Chippenham), Robert Gaisford, Bob Hatherall etc. This is a great site for us ex. pats. scattered around the world, keep up the good work, home does not seem so far away. – Steve Quirke – Mount Tamborine – Queensland – Australia

As an ex Westinghouse Apprentice (1973 Intake) it’s great to see there are still some left. I still have most of my kit which I use for projects at home including the parallel jaw pliers and particularly the vice. Thanks for a real treat. – Best Wishes Tony Ray

I did my year in the training center in 1975/76. Many happy memories of Ron Witts and his quest for accuaracy! I remember the 3PM tea break which was for 10 minutes exactly! – James Feltham

1980 Apprentice – things hadn’t changed much since 1971. Made me smile alot, but had to stop surfing due to strange looks from other people in the office. – Mark Williams – Swindon

Screw Driver © David Forward

Screw Driver © David Forward

Westinghouse 1940 © David Forward

Westinghouse 1940 © David Forward

Machine Vice © David Forward

Machine Vice © David Forward

Drill Plate © David Forward

Drill Plate © David Forward

Westinghouse Gasometer © David Forward

Westinghouse Gasometer © David Forward

*As far as I recall, “Rosey Cork’s Cousin” was the name of a soft-top Morris 1000

6 January, 2015

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