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Fig 1: Stanier Class 8F 2-8-0 No. 48313 stands in Kirkby-in-Ashfield shed yard on 30th March 1965. Malcolm first saw that engine on his Kirkby shed visit on Sunday 3rd March 1963. At that time 48313 was allocated to Derby shed (16C) Photo Credit: Bill Wright (BarkingBill)

 

Youthful Days: Appendix A

In Youthful Days Appendix A, Malcolm Rush shares a miscellany of his 1960s railway photos, along with two of his hand drawn railway maps of Kirkby-in-Ashfield. He starts, though, with a comprehensive log extract from his spotting record for Kirkby sheds on Sunday 3rd March 1963. That was the day he copped 48313, seen above in a photo taken at Kirkby sheds on 30th March 1965.

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Fig 2: The first entries on this page 28 of my log is where I saw 17 engines (copped 3) and it was at Kirkby on Saturday 2nd March 1963, probably a mix of going to Kirkby sheds then onto Lindley’s Lane and the overbridge at Kirkby South Junction. On Sunday 3rd March 1963 I went round Kirkby sheds and I think this record is interesting because I believe I noted down every engine I saw there that day – out of the 60 engines I recorded I only copped 3.

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 Fig 3: Continuing the log of my visit to Kirkby sheds on Sunday 3rd March 1963

I remember seeing the Stanier Class 3 2-6-2T engines time after time, languishing on the “scrap line” alongside the newer engine shed building. On 3rd March 1963 I saw 10 of them. They seemed to be there for ever ….. then they were gone! The Albert Looms scrapyard at Spondon received most of those – I’ve seen a list quoting that 40094, 40124, 40156, 40168, 40175, 40182. 40184 and 40195 were all scrapped there. I recall seeing one being towed on its journey there (although, at the time, I didn’t know where it was going). I was walking on the path in Kirkby Quarries, alongside the ex-Midland route to Pye Bridge and I was soon going to pass under the former Mansfield Railway & MS&L (GC) Railway bridges where they crossed the Midland at right angles. The engine was being towed and, obviously, it was not in steam. However, the motion was still connected so with every turn of the wheels it was wheezing and gasping – just as if it was taking its last breath! I think that was the only time I heard an engine like that during my Youthful Days – normally a dead engine would be moved with the motion removed and so you wouldn’t hear the stroke of the pistons. If the motion was still connected light steam was normally needed for lubrication purposes but I suppose they risked the engine seizing on that relatively short run? I’ve heard the sound since, though, and I imagine you may have – when visiting a preserved heritage railway and they shunt some engines around?

The last entry on that page is of EE Type 3 diesel No. D6782. That was a Hull Dairycoates engine (allocated there from new on 29th November 1962). It was hauling the 3.30pm 3V05 Hull to Plymouth fish train which I saw many times – it passed by at about 6.30pm, about 45 minutes before the “Britannia” hauled Grimsby to Whitland fish train.

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Fig 4: Fairburn Class 4 2-6-4T No. 42221 taken at Kirkby shed during 1964, using my Kodak Brownie 127 camera. Photo Credit: Malcolm Rush Colourised version

This was the class of engine which replaced the Stanier Class 3 2-6-2T locos on the Nottingham to Worksop passenger trains. Alen Grice has told me that the Stanier engines were considered by some enginemen as not being up to the job. I would imagine that may have been on the uphill gradient from Hucknall to Kirkby tunnel, especially with the station starts on that section. Of course, running bunker first the Fairburn 2-6-4T engines would assume a Pacific (4-6-2) wheel arrangement. I don’t know if, compared to the 2-6-2s, the ride handling was improved by this? No. 42221 was withdrawn w/e 12th September 1964.

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Fig 5: Another photo taken at Kirkby shed with my Brownie 127 camera on 7th September 1964. This is 4F 0-6-0 No. 44401 which was fitted with a high sided tender. Withdrawn from Kirkby shed w/e 19th June 1965. Photo Credit: Malcolm Rush Colourised version

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Fig 6: The remainder of my photos in this Appendix were taken with my Ilford Sportsman 35mm camera. This is No. 44429 at Kirkby shed on 26th April 1965. With little time left, withdrawal came w/e 8th May 1965. Photo Credit: Malcolm Rush Colourised version

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Fig 7: A Kirkby engine from 1958, seen here at Kirkby on 26th April 1965, Stanier 8F 2-8-0 No. 48673 was transferred to Stockport Edgeley (9B) w/e 14th January 1967. Photo Credit: Malcolm Rush Colourised version

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Fig 8: A visitor from Heaton Mersey (9F) shed, Stanier 6P5F 2-6-0 No. 42978 is seen in Kirkby shed yard on 19th June 1965. Photo Credit: Malcolm Rush Colourised version

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Fig 9: Another long-standing Kirkby resident, No. 48267, assumes an imposing pose at Kirkby shed on 20th June 1965. Allocated to Kirkby from 1948 to w/e 3rd September 1966 she was transferred to Stockport Edgeley (9B) and subsequently withdrawn from Patricroft (9H) w/e 25th May 1968. Photo Credit: Malcolm Rush Colourised version

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Fig 10: We see another view of 4F 0-6-0 No. 44429 at Kirkby shed. However, by now on 20th June 1965, she has lost her smokebox numberplate, some 6 weeks after being withdrawn. Photo Credit: Malcolm Rush Colourised version

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Fig 11: An unidentified BR Standard 9F 2-10-0 stands adjacent to Low Moor Road at Kirkby shed on 20th June 1965. The Lowmoor Inn can be seen in the background. That pub had been built on the site of a disused brickworks. After closure, the pub was boarded up by 2011. Later damaged by fire it was finally demolished by 2017 and the site is today occupied by the Farmfoods shop. Photo Credit: Malcolm Rush Colourised version

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Fig 12: Ivatt Class 4 2-6-0 No. 43042 rests at Kirkby shed on 15th July 1965. A Heaton Mersey (9F) engine at this time. The design provoked mixed opinions but I was always drawn to photograph them if I could. I suppose it was because the look was so different to the engines I was used to seeing at Kirkby. Photo Credit: Malcolm Rush Colourised version

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Fig 13: A rather odd appearance at Kirkby shed on 15th July 1965 in the form of R.O.D Class O4/3 2-8-0 No. 63842. Built during February 1919 its final shed was Langwith Junction (40E). Withdrawn w/e 4th April 1965 it was later scrapped at Cashmore’s Great Bridge. I can only assume the stop-over at Kirkby was part of its final journey. I took the photo from the Low Moor Road pavement. Photo Credit: Malcolm Rush Colourised version

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Fig 14: With the Lowmoor Inn again visible we see a line of 8Fs in storage with chimneys bagged on 26th July 1965. I don’t know if any of these engines worked again – the 2nd from the right 48003, a Kirkby resident since 1950, was finally withdrawn from there w/e 5th March 1966. Alen Grice has told me that once an engine was put into storage it couldn’t be used for a number of months without special permission from Derby. Perhaps that would be for accounting purposes? Photo Credit: Malcolm Rush Colourised version

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Fig 15: Three BR Standard 9F 2-10-0 engines catch the sun in the yard at Kirkby shed on 26th July 1965, with No. 92095 nearest the camera. That 9F was allocated to Kirkby shed from w/e 3rd July 1965 to w/e 28th May 1966. It only managed a service life of 9 and a half years! Photo Credit: Malcolm Rush Colourised version

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Fig 16: Another Stanier 6P5F 2-6-0 visitor from Heaton Mersey (9F) shed, No. 42961, is being piloted through Kirkby station on 12th August 1965. Photo Credit: Malcolm Rush Colourised version

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Fig 17: Stanier 8F 2-8-0 No. 48045 stands at Kirkby Shed with its chimney bagged on 17th October 1965. Formerly a Westhouses (16G) engine it is paired with a Fowler tender. The larger cabside numerals would indicate a Works overhaul at perhaps Darlington. Hornby made a 00 gauge model of this loco. Photo Credit: Malcolm Rush Colourised version

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Fig 18: Network of principal railways around Kirkby-in-Ashfield. This was my hand-drawn map which was Fig 1 in my original 1983 version of “Youthful Days”.

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Fig 19: Part enlargement of my 1983 Fig 1. This was another of my hand-drawn maps which formed part of my original 1983 version of “Youthful Days”.

Today there are 2 of these routes remaining. The first one is as shown in Fig 2 – the ex. Midland Railway past Bentinck Colliery Sidings (signal box now closed and demolished) which then takes the BR (1972) spur up to what is now Kirkby station on the Robin Hood Line. I remember seeing the 1972 spur being built – it was done so that the two level crossings in Kirkby could be avoided. The level crossing at the site of the ex MR East station on Urban Road had, particularly, become an increasing source of delay for the road traffic in Kirkby.

The second route remaining is part of the ex G.N. line which heads south east from the BR (1972) spur at the top of the page and travels past where Kirkby South Junction Signal Box used to be. This route is now the re-opened Robin Hood line to Nottingham and, although the original track formation is more or less followed, the Robin Hood Line runs at the top of the cutting and crosses Lindley’s Lane via an overbridge, rather than going under as was the case during my spotting years.

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