David Bull started as a secondman at Gillingham in 1974. After a few years making tea for drivers, he passed out as a relief driver in 1981 on class 33 locos.
In 1984 he gained promotion to a driver at Slade Green moving back to Gillingham as a driver in 1986. With the privatisation of the railways looming and the loss of freight work to Hoo Jn, David moved to his present depot at Ramsgate.
As a local drivers rep, he and his other colleagues were asked to go to Tring , where the design company who were working on the interior of the 395 cabs wanted their help in deciding where all the equipment was to be placed . This was a first, he thinks, in that drivers were actually being consulted about cab design and lay out. The result is an extremely well set out cab with all the controls easily to hand.
David completed his training in March 2009 and was very proud to be able to work the first passenger service to St Pancras on Monday 29 th June 2009 arriving at St Pancras one minute early!
He is also very proud that his eldest son Andrew has now also passed out as a 395 driver at Ramsgate and will be joining him soon on the high speed service.