Trained by BR S&T at Reading, Bill (not short for William!) subsequently worked for London Underground. About 1990 Bill owned and worked the Helen narrow boat tug with a day-trip butty at the end of the Caldon Canal. The Helen had been a tug on the BCN – Birmingham Canal Navigation. Bill ran the ‘Western’ signal gang in the 1960s and possibly before then. They fitted and erected the replacement single post Harbour Home signal when the old trident signal fell down in a winter gale. They also did much pole route work.
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