Frank Paterson’s very first job

In 1946, right after leaving school, Frank Paterson embarked on a remarkable 40-year journey on the East Coast Main Line, forging an incredible career where he found himself at the heart of countless unforgettable moments, including 'firsts' that revolutionised rail travel.

From the exhilarating, record-breaking and high-speed Tees-Tyne Pullman in 1985, where he pulled the trigger on the starting pistol, to the historical building of the first mast on the electric East Coast line in Peterborough, Frank's dedication played a pivotal role in shaping the modern rail network. At 93, Frank fondly reflects on these treasured memories, made possible by LNER.