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  • By Janet Barnes
    Mar 21, 2010
    Stanley's Story Volume 4 Volume 4 begins with Rochdale Electric Engineering. Stanley describes both the work undertaken on the premises and his introduction to traction engines. There was a traction engine known as Annie, housed at Rochdale Electric Engineering. Stanley was able to travel with Annie as part of her crew, to many steam-related shows in UK and in Holland. There are evocative descriptions of several shows, including a section on the steam ploughing competitions - all are entertaining! At Rochdale Electric Engineering Stanley describes the work on boilers and how the skilled staff worked together. The lost art of riveting is explained, and there is a section about how to pressurise boilers to ensure safety for all. Further chapters discuss welding and re-tubing boilers. There are also comments about health and safety issues. Stanley recalls the demise of Dee Mill, an example of the way that preservation can sometimes be mis-guided. In 1997 Stanley had changed jobs and was... More > to be found closer to home at Lower Park Marina. Here he discovered the art of boat building and provides plenty of detail about the process. Stanley worked at Helmshaw Higher Mill for two years, re-making machines like the dolly scourer and fulling stocks. Photographs further enliven his narrative. Stanley also discusses his family, Margaret's wedding, his trip to see Janet and family in Australia - and the work he helped with (re-laying floors etc). He then went off to America, drove from Los Angeles, along Route 66, to St Louis and finally to Minneapolis St Paul. Whilst working on Martha and Roger's house Stanley fell and broke his right wrist. He did not have a plaster cast, preferring instead to allow movement. Back in Barlick, Stanley was signed off sick and received disability benefit. This lasted until his retirement in 2001. This enforced retirement allowed Stanley the time to write these memoirs! The final chapters in Volume 4 describe the work of Robert Aram, thoughts on Bancroft and a visit made by American students from Carleton College to Europe, including Ypres. Stanley went as a tutor, together with Martha Paas and other American tutors. Stanley also describes his pride in his workshop, where he can spend many happy hours, and the beginning of the successful `One Guy from Barlick' web site, set up by Dave O'Connor, and which provides so much informative discussion for all of us. This book provides plenty of interesting information and is written in Stanley's entertaining style. It is highly recommended.< Less
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April 9, 2010
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.27 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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