IT'S HARD TO SAY WHAT awakened my interest in railways, although living almost adjacent to the former Cleckheaton Central station as a young child might have had something to do with it. Then again it might have been the Tri-ang 2-6-2T goods set which I got for Christmas when I was seven which started it all off.

Evan’s biggest railway passion is for Diesel Multiple Units. On November 13 2017 he was at the controls of the sole-surviving Wickham two-car DMU at the Midland Railway - Butterley.

The line past our family home saw everything from Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs) through to steam hauled goods and mixed traffic engines as well as the new diesels. There were also express engines such as Gresley ‘Pacifics’ - these went past on a Sunday when the East Coast Main Line from Leeds was out of action.

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