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 most 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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