Albert, now in his eighties, was born in, schooled in and currently lives in the Cathedral City of Durham, in his much loved North East of England.
He was trained by British Rail on a 5 year sandwich course as a mechanical and electrical engineer at a time when steam power was being replaced by other forms of traction. Practical training was mainly at the then Darlington Locomotive Works; technical training was at the Derby College of Technology.
His career started as a regional locomotive inspector, but most of it was spent with Freightliner as a hands-on engineering manager.
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