|Seventy-six-year-old Alex Heymer has had a lifetime’s experience in the transport industry.
As a teenager Alex served his apprenticeship as a fitter in the East End but he was desperate to get out on the road like his truck-driving father. His chance came during National Service when, as an aircraftsman, he was trained to drive all the vehicles in the camp.
After his de-mob Alex drove a 5-ton Bedford for a brewery. Then he moved on to London Transport and trolleybuses. He has a wealth of amusing stories about the shenanigans the drivers and conductors got up to.
More humorous anecdotes and a touch of nostalgia cover Alex’s next phase, as a coach driver taking tours to Scotland and Wales. He carried on with seasonal coach driving for the rest of his career. For a main job he started with Gulf Oil driving tankers and making London deliveries.
This recollection of a long and varied life in transport will evoke memories from other drivers who will recognise the truth of this detailed and humorous account.
softback, 264 pages with eight pages of pictures