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“Not seeking fortune elsewhere” – the secrets of preserving oil pipeliner dynasties

Date of publication: 7 March 2018 Printable version

The staff members regard German Dylgin as the founder of the dynasty

The 3rd and 4th generations of the Dylgins work at Uralskaya oil pumping station. Their dynasty can boast some 150 years of work experience. Eight members of that family worked at the station in various years.

The station as the second home

The staff members regard German Dylgin as the founder of the dynasty, but his widow Galina names another progenitor – her father Yakov Sysoev. He was the one to work at Uralskaya oil pumping station from the day it was founded. Turns out, the family dynasty is as old as the station itself.

“Father joined the station in 1952, when the station and our village of Uralskoye were just beginning to develop,” Mrs. Dylgina recalls. “Father worked in the pumping, served as the fire safety chief until his well-deserved retirement, but even after that he remained in the position of the watch commander. He devoted some 20 years to the station.”

As for the young family of German and Galina Dylgins, they had had twins, a son, Evgeny, and a daughter, Veronika, before they joined the station. Having quit conscription service abroad, German started working as a plumber at the oil pumping station boiler house, and his spouse Galina became an operator at the PS.

“We were young, joyful and happy, we hardly felt tired from work,” Mrs. Dylgina recalls. “The more so as everything went well at home, the married life was taking shape naturally: we received an apartment, then we had our first-born, Gleb. At the ‘pumping’, as the employees call the station among themselves, everybody is working in accord. In the Soviet times, we maintained friendships between whole families. The village had its own recreation centre, and we attended the parties together.”

Evgeny and Gleb, the Dylgins’sons recall that their parents barely discussed work at home. It was improper. But the children visited the station and saw the work environment of the oil pipeliners and how interesting and responsible their labour was. From an early age, the kids saw how honoured the profession of an oil pipeliner was, how fellow villagers respected the station workers. Were it not for the station, the village of Uralskoye wouldn’t actually develop. It became particularly evident in the early 1980s when the station was fully renovated, and the equipment was upgraded.

“I remember visiting the old station yet at school, with my class,” Evgeny Dylgin, the elder son, relates. “We had a tour round the production and visited the blacksmith shop to see lathe operators at work. I kept dreaming about growing up and working as a lathe operator, that’s how much I liked the metal swarf I saw there.”

The childhood dream never came true, but Evgeny didn’t miss the chance to work at the station right after military service. He got a job as a driver for the emergency response team and has been working there ever since, for over 30 years. He’s always on trips across Perm Region and beyond, always behind the wheel. His emergency response team and him do not have time to sit around.

“Our team works tirelessly, and my photo was on the wall displaying best workers.” Evgeny Dylgin recollects. “And we are given nice vacation opportunities too, like health resort trips. We’ve already stayed at the Klyuchi resort in Perm Region thrice, we like it very much.”

Apart from his wife Tatiana, Evgeny brought his sister Veronika and his brother Gleb to the station

Passing the torch

Apart from his wife Tatiana, Evgeny brought his sister Veronika and his brother Gleb to the station. And if the women only had the chance to work at the station for a few years, Dylgin junior was the one to continue the dynasty.

“In the early 1980s, when the new station was being built to replace the old one, I was just a young boy, a 6- or 7-year-old. My father oversaw completing of the construction, and it was very interesting for me to observe the bustling work at the station and how passionately the people were contributing to the common cause. Just imagine my childhood impressions: a big station with many people and a stir all around. It’s fair to say it was then when I got interested in my father’s profession.”

Therefore, as soon as Gleb was discharged from the army, his brother Evgeny invited him to join his team. The brothers had been labouring side by side for about a year before Gleb was hired as a line pipeliner. It’s now been over 20 years since he has been working as the station operator.

“In fact, we didn’t get to choose the profession,” Gleb Dylgin says. “If the parents were working at the station, the children would definitely go to work there – this was the way things were done. We wouldn’t even think of seeking fortune elsewhere, since the station offers stable employment. And that was what we needed in the hardcore 1990s. Even now, with many people working for private businesses and not getting paid, a job at the oil pumping station of Uralskoye is highly valued.”

Moreover, the labour of the oil pipeliners is getting more recognition from year to year. Vladimir Duev, the station head, says it’s no wonder they have at least seven dynasties in which three or more generations work at the station in their small team. “Everybody sticks to a job like this!” he notes.

Evgeny Dylgin’s son Alexander didn’t have any doubts either and joined the station as a processing unit repairman. He has a technical background, having studied precision engineering, and he completed refresher courses at the station. Now the big family of Dylgins pin high hopes on the 23-year-old Alexander as the successor of the oil pipeliners’ dynasty. Who knows, may be the 5th generation of the Dylgins is also destined to work at Uralskaya PS.

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