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Born in 1941 at Breaston, Roderick always wanted to be an Engine Driver. His dreams were dashed in 1956 when a medical at Derby revealed he had not attained the required colour vision level and was therefore unsuitable for the footplate grade. However, in 1957 he began a thirty-nine year career at Trent Station as a Junior Porter, and later as a Telegraph Clerk. After six years, he moved to Leicester and then Nottingham, where he was ‘in Control for five years’. Later he was a Traction Arranger at the largest installation in Western Europe – Toton Traction Maintenance Depot.  In 1978 Roderick moved to Plymouth as Movements Supervisor at Laira Traction & Rolling Stock Depot, where he had an interesting final eighteen years in the South West.