WHEN the Northwich British Rail depot in Cheshire closed in 1970 loco driver Jeff Cookson thought his career on the footplate had hit the buffers after just 12 years.
But now he is back in the cab driving a Class 08 diesel for construction company Wrek in.
Jeff was working as a security guard when he saw two Class 08s arrive on a road trailer to start work on a major land reclamation project near Northwich for Wrekin.
Taking the initiative, he asked if there was a job vacancy and is now playing a key role in the project.
Jeff said: 'The job is absolutely marvellous. This is the best job since I left the railway, I love every minute, I just wish it was a steam engine.' Wrekin is carrying out a land stabilisation project in Northwich that will eventually remove a development blight on up to 75 per cent of the land in the town and safeguard the future for shops, businesses and residents. Under the scheme four abandoned salt mines are being filled using waste ash from the Drax power station in North Yorkshire.