Irving brings curtain down on 50 year career
National Express East Anglia (NXEA) Conductor Irving Silverwood is retiring in his 50th year of service on the railway.
Irvinghas had a remarkable career in the rail industry which began in January 1960 at Lime Kiln Quay crossing, in Woodbridge, Suffolk, as a crossing’s boy. Irving soon progressed in his career, moving to take charge of Ferry & Hayward crossing just north of Woodbridge station for a year, until becoming a messenger boy in the Ipswich Top Yard freight depot. Later, Irving became a ‘Shunter’ in a goods yard, before progressing to become a ‘Head Shunter’ at Ipswich Docks. Irving then became one of the youngest freight guards at Ipswich, before transferring to become a passenger guard. For some time Irving also worked as Ipswich station supervisor; before deciding that his heart lay in being a passenger conductor, the position he remained in until his retirement.
During his impressive career Irving has worked on passenger, mail, parcels and freight trains and icons of the locomotive world such as the ‘Flying Scotsman' and ‘Deltic’. Irving’s career has spanned steam, diesel and electric train services.
Speaking of Irving achievements NXEA Conductor Manager John Bellchamer said:
“Irving’s dedication to the railway is remarkable. He has had a career of incredible longevity and diversity. He is a real character, with incredible enthusiasm for his work, who genuinely loves the railway and is very supportive of his colleagues. Customers and colleagues alike will miss him when he retires. I would like to thank him for his commitment to his job.”
Irvingwill be retiring to a bungalow, close to the Norwich mainline, so he’ll be able to keep an eye on which trains are running to time.