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All Steamed Up

By Campbell Highet

A native of Glasgow, Campbell Highet was educated partly in Scotland and partly in England. It was in Reading that he met Maurice Earley and became thoroughly indoctrinated in railway lore. In 1920 he entered the service of the Midland Railway and served his appreticeship in the Locomotive Works at Derby. He later transferred to the Motive Power Department and held various posts at Edge Hill, Birkenhead North, Chester, Llandudno Junction, Accrington and Bank Hall. It was from the last named that he retired in 1964 after nearly 45 years service during which many changes had been witnessed. First there were the amalgamations of 1923 out of which the LMS was born. In 1938 came the electrification of the Wirral Section of that immense organistrion, and ten years later the nationalisation of the railways of Britain followed, bringing first the standard B.R. locomotives then dieselisation.

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