FAREWELL BRIAN Retirement reflections of Brian Beers, Training Supervisor.
Going back to my days as a Junior Porter (Control Reporter) located in Trent Station South Signal Box, I can well remember reporting for duty in August 1952 to the Station Manager referred to us then as the ‘Station Boss’. A Mr Dennis was ‘the boss’ and a year or so later, I have a vivid memory of him paying a visit to the signal box to shake hands, with tears running down his face as he had been compelled to take early retirement due to ill health. As a sixteen year old lad, this left a life-long impression on me. After two years National Service with the Royal Engineers (Railway Operating), I returned to BR in January 1958 to take up my signalling career and always working in the Trent area. I was finally placed as a Signalman at Sheetstores Junction in the mid sixties having been displaced from my previous position as Signalman at South Trent Junction following the closure of Trent Station in early 1968. Little could anyone realise today that this was once the site of a fairly large station. On closure, I witnessed its demolition and by the end of March, all traces of its existence had gone. My own signalbox Trent South, was closed on 26th May 1968. I was then utilised as a flagman while the signal box was demolished before my eyes and by 2nd June all traces of it too had disappeared.