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Youthful Days – Part 12a

Youthful Days – Part 12a

In Youthful Days Part 12a Malcolm Rush writes about the bus journeys to his Secondary school, his railway art there, and gives a taster of a school trip to Crewe.

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Youthful Days – Part 11a

Youthful Days – Part 11a

In Youthful Days Part 11a, Malcolm Rush looks back at his early photography efforts and some of the challenges which faced him with this new aspect to his hobby.

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Youthful Days – Part 11b

Youthful Days – Part 11b

In Youthful Days Part 11b, Malcolm Rush describes breaking his ‘steam only’ photo rule for a diesel in trouble at Kirkby-in-Ashfield in 1968.

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Youthful Days – Part 10

Youthful Days – Part 10

In Youthful Days Part 10, Malcolm Rush recalls seeing one of the last special trains on the Great Central at Kirkby-in-Ashfield and how some fish scraps helped his viewing position at Nottingham Victoria!

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Youthful Days – Part 9

Youthful Days – Part 9

In Youthful Days Part 9, Malcolm Rush focusses his attention on the Britannia Pacifics used to haul the Grimsby to Whitland fish train.

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Youthful Days – Part 8

Youthful Days – Part 8

In Youthful Days Part 8, Malcolm Rush continues his 1960’s rail enthusiast memories of Annesley Loco Shed and an encounter with a railway policeman there!

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Youthful Days – Part 7

Youthful Days – Part 7

In Youthful Days Part 7, local rail enthusiast, Malcolm Rush, recalls some of his visits to Kirkby-in-Ashfield and Annesley local sheds in the mid 1960’s and local sledging activities on Piggy’s bend.

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Youthful Days – Part 6

Youthful Days – Part 6

In Youthful Days Part 6, Malcolm Rush recalls two rail days out from Kirkby Bentinck to Sheffield Victoria early in 1963 just prior to withdrawal of local passenger services.

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Youthful Days – Part 5

Youthful Days – Part 5

In Youthful Days Part 5, local rail enthusiast, Malcolm Rush, is reunited with Stanier 8F 48151 on a railtour in 2018 and recalls a 1962 railtour visit from Kirkby-in-Ashfield to British Railways Derby Works Open Day.

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Youthful Days – Part 4

Youthful Days – Part 4

In Youthful Days Part 4, Malcolm Rush recalls travelling on the Chilwell Workmans train for the only time in 1965 and then travelling locally by rail again 30 years later when Stage 2 of the Robin Hood Line opened in 1995.

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Youthful Days – Part 2

Youthful Days – Part 2

Part 2 of Malcolm Rush’s 1960’s Kirkby-in-Ashfield railway enthusiast memoirs. In this blog Malcolm recalls getting to grips with the logistics of train spotting and seeing a surprise loco at Kirkby South Junction in 1960.

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Youthful Days – Part 3

Youthful Days – Part 3

Part 3 of Malcolm Rush’s 1960’s Kirkby-in-Ashfield railway enthusiast memoirs. In this blog Malcolm recalls witnessing the end of regular passenger rail services at Kirkby-in-Ashfield East railway station on 10th October 1964.

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Youthful Days – Part 1

Youthful Days – Part 1

Part 1 of Malcolm Rush’s Kirkby-in-Ashfield railway enthusiast memoirs from 1959 to 1965. A new and abridged version of his 2009 memoirs in a series of blogs for the Steaming Back to Kirkby website.

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