Barrie Ward was born in 1944 and grew up in the Belle Isle district of Leeds. Many of his friends came from railway families and like all boys of his age after the Second World War he was an avid trainspotter. His main stamping ground was the old Great Northern mainline from Leeds Central through Ardsley to Wakefield Westgate and London Kings Cross. On one occasion he remembers having a ride on the footplate of the world record breaking engine Mallard as it went on shed after bringing a train in from London. Barrie's first job was as a trainee booking office clerk at Woodlesford for about 18 months starting in 1960. "It was the best job I ever had," he says.
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First job as a booking office clerk
All kinds of animals and birds!
Helping with parcels and in the signal box
A War Department Austerity class locomotive 90722 from Normanton Shed passes the station building in the early 1960s with a mixed freight train.