David started work with the LNER in June 1934 as a Junior Porter at Smeeth Road Railway Station in the village of Marshland St James near Wisbech in Norfolk, but the job only lasted until October 1936.
In April 1937 David started work as an Engine cleaner at Spital Shed Peterborough.
Then as a Passed Cleaner, David's first firing job was on July 21st 1937 and three months later was allowed to fire engines on the mainline.
In October 1938 Spital Shed no longer required as many cleaners and David took an offer to transfer to Camden Shed.
March 1939 Dave was back to firing fairly regularly, but in July 1939 he was called up to join the Army.
David's Army service was in France, Wales and the south of England.
The LMS Railway was short of engine crews in 1941 and in that Spring Dave returned to Camden Shed.
A vacancy for a Fireman came up at Wellingborough Depot and in October 1941 David transferred.
David succeeded in passing his Driving Test in October 1947 and became a Passed Fireman.
1948 saw the nationalisation of the four separate Railway Companies into British Railways.
Watford Depot posted a vacancy for a registered Driver in September 1956 and David started at Watford in the October of that year and soon had to be trained on 350hp Diesel Shunters and later various Diesel-Electric Locos.
In 1965 Watford Loco Shed closed and with most of the local passenger work transferred to other depots David then trained on the D/C trains.
Eventually Watford drivers including Dave were trained on the A/C EMU's and driving local mainline trains again.
David had been at Watford for 27 years when he was asked to drive the Special Railcar Trip that celebrated the 125th Anniversary of the St Albans-Watford Branch Line on the 28th May 1983.
In July 1983 after 46 years on the Railway David retired.
David said in his memoirs that his years at the Watford Depot were some of the happiest days of his railway life.
David Harold Herbert passed away peacfully on November 1st 2012.
Brian (left) and Silverlink Manager Mick Boyd, both members of The Locomotive & Carriage Institution, at the naming of an Electric Multiple Unit in 2001.
Brian's service records show that he started working on the railway on 4th September 1951 (his 15th birthday) as an Engine Cleaner.
One year later he passed his Firing Test to become a Passed Cleaner and in 1953 was registered as a fulltime Locomotive Fireman.
However National Service intervened in his railway career as he was called up to serve Her Majesty on 10th March 1955. He was posted to Germany for most of his Army service.
March 1957 saw Brian back on the footplate again as a Fireman and on 6th May 1960, in the days of Steam Engines, he passed his Driving Test to become a Passed Fireman and available for spare driving jobs.
In August 1965, already trained in driving diesels locomotives and railcars, Brian gained registration as a fulltime Locomotive Engine Driver.
In 1998 there was a surge of new Drivers requiring training and Brian was asked to become a temporary Relief Driving Instructor.
On Friday 31st August 2001, 'Silverlink Metro' named Class 313 (a dual voltage 25kvac/650vdc Electric Multiple Unit) No.313 116 'Nikola Tesla' at a ceremony which took place at Watford Junction Station on the West Coast Main Line. The name was chosen in recognition of Nikola Tesla's (1856/1943) achievements; a Serbian-American Inventor and researcher who discovered the rotating magnetic field, and also to mark the retirement, after some 50 years footplate service, of Brian Drummond. Brian a member of the Locomotive and Carriage Institution undertook the naming before working the train as a special to Kilburn, which was his final driving turn.
Brian finally retired from the Railway on his 65th birthday the 4th Sept 2001.
Brian still continues to serve as a Council Member of the Locomotive & Carriage Institution.
Brian also organises the annual Reunion of Watford Enginemen at a pub in Watford.
David and his wife Gloria
David started with British Rail at Watford Motive Power Depot December 30th 1955.
To gain promotion to Fireman he transferred to Willesden Depot in 1958.
Then he transferred to Camden Depot in 1958, but returned to Willesden in 1963 when Camden closed.
He passed out as Driver in 1963 and was allocated as a Passed Fireman in the Special Link and worked many specials with various engines until Willesden Depot closed in 1965.
David then transferred to Waterloo on the Southern Region and learnt to drive electrics on the Kent lines.
In 1969 he joined London Underground and started at the White City Training Centre on January 4th of that year.
He had to serve as a Guard for six months before finally qualifying as a Motorman at Rickmansworth on the Metropolitan Line
In the summer of 1969 he qualified as a Motorman and was allocated to Edgware on the Northern Line.
In 1971 he was recommended to train as an Instructor at the London Underground Training Centre and completed his training in 1972.
David was promoted to Area Manager in 1979 working on all the Underground lines until 1997, when he accepted voluntary severance.
Living in Tenterden, Kent and close to the Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway he joined the railway as a volunteer and passed out as a Fireman and was rostered most of the time with his cousin Roger "Cherry" Willes.
In 2000 he was asked to become the General Manager of the Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway and a member of the salaried staff. After accepting the job he found out about the terrible financial position that the Railway was in and realised it was going to be hard work.
David reached the magical age of 65 in 2004 and retired again leaving the Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway in a good financial position.
David Lloyd noticed that between Thomas the Tank Engine and adulthood no railway stories existed. So with his knowledge he created "Freddie" who, in the book he has written, follows David's own escapades on British Rail.
"Would I have changed my career", he says? "Not likely I loved every minute of it."