A Bygone Life On The Railways
By Gordon Axten
Axten has been a local figure in the villages around Little Haywood for most of
his long, active and full life. Since I first moved into the area when I was
about 12 years old I can remember seeing him walking everywhere, for miles
sometimes, between local towns. In my memories he has never changed and grown
old, he is still very sprightly.
decades he has played darts in local pubs and for a number of years he played in
a team that I ran. It is well known how many children he had and there is no
doubt that he has had a very full a life. He is well liked and nobody would ever
have a reason to say an unkind word about him.
several years now I have been an aspiring author with a number of articles
published in local newspapers and several unpublished books to my name. After
reading my parents “War Time Memoirs” Gordon decided that he would like to
tell his tale of a life spent on the railways. I suggested that he write it in
his own words and I would type it up and help with the editing. That is what we
have done and the story that follows is the result of this collaboration.
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