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Description: David Johnson and his 1950s Leeds United football rattle
Collection: 1948 Olympics: Then & Now
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David seems to have had two passions in 1948 – football and trains. He lived in Sovereign Street in Leeds at the Yorkshire Relish Factory and near to the Leeds Tram Depot.

In 1948, British Rail became nationalised, which meant amalgamating the four major transport companies. In Leeds, there were only two – LNER and LMS. It took some years before the companies engines ran on each other’s tracks and both were used to being kept separate.

 David has always carried a book of locomotives with him, which was written in 1944, and which he uses to cross off the different engines he has seen. The book even tells you where the engines are ‘shedded’ or looked after. For example, Neville Hill had seven big A3S engines that only ever travelled between Leeds and Newcastle.

 David’s first time at Leeds City Station was when he was 13 or 14 years old. In those days, you were given freer reign to explore and go where you wanted. His mother would give him the train fare to York, along with a bottle of lemonade, sandwiches, his book and a pencil, and off he would go for the whole day. There was only one golden rule: be home for teatime, which was always at 5:30pm.


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