Derek Rayner graduated from trainspotting at Woodlesford to a job on the railways and ended his career in a senior position as a carriage engineer at York. He captured these scenes of trains passing through the station and along the line during the early 1960s.
Later he became interested in steam traction engines and for a time kept an Aveling and Porter steam road roller in the former Armitage’s quarry engine house. He’s now an authority on traction engines and has researched the history of two local engine contractors, Minett and Jackson and Young and Doggett, both of which had their premises on Aberford Road. Click on the links to listen Derek talk about his railway days.