Horwich Loco Works 9
A photo of a space. This space was actually once part of the erecting shop, but less than five years before the works shut, this section was demolished to build a traverser so that electric multiple units could be brought in and processed through the north end of the shed. Wheel Shop in the background.
By neil spencer: worked at horwich from 1974 to 1982 in the millwrights shop on the garage side,looks a sad place now,shame they closed it,it gave alot of work to people in and around the area,thatcher called it progress,to take peoples livelyhoods away from them,cant see it myself...shame.
By p westhead: served my apprenticeship in electrical maint shop.I am amazed to see it on this site Brings back happy memories.
By alan gordon: i believe i was the one of the first to be made redundant in 1962 soon as i turned 21 after serving my apprenticeship as a boilermaker in the boilershop, there was 2 more lads as ,well Wilfred Morris and Anthony Cowburn, i have 1 or 2 stories to tell about my time at the loco works, great days
By Dennis Gent: started in 1955 as a office boy, used to get pies and chips etc for the foundry at lunch, then moved into a apprentichip fitting and welder, also got day release. Then came Beeching typical tory did not like people going to work, once the UK had a mighty railway system now the UK cannot produce a steam engine, who said to privatise would bring work. However many happy memories from the time at Horwich Loco, must revisit before the site gets developed
By Chris Gibson: Started in the training school as an apprentice on 15th August 1980. Then trained as an apprentice vehicle builder working mainly in the wagon shop before moving to the carriage works in York as an indentured apprentice. Lost my job twice in 1985 and so, as several of my fellow apprentices also did, I joined the police. Still remember my grandad telling me I had a job for life at the loco works. Have visited the site a couple of times since and will go back for one last look.