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Fig 1: Stanier 8F 2-8-0 No. 48096 provides banking assistance as the train passes Bentinck Colliery Sidings signal box on 20th October 1965. Loose coupled to the rear of the train, 48096 will drop from the train when she has completed the climb at Kirkby-in-Ashfield platform. Photo Credit – Malcolm Rush

8F No 48096 was built in December 1938, at Crewe Works, she could well have been a Kirkby-in-Ashfield engine all of her life. Certainly the BR Database shows her allocated there (16C) on 1 January 1948. A little over a month after I took this photo 48096 was withdrawn after a service life of 26 years, 11 months, 1 day. She was scrapped during January 1966 at Cashmore’s (Great Bridge, West Midlands)

Fig 1 shows the train is passing under the ex-Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire (later Great Central Railway) main line from Sheffield (Victoria) to Nottingham (Victoria) and the taller bridge, which carried the ex-Mansfield Railway over the ex-Midland Railway line from Pye Bridge.

The Youthful Days of Malcolm Rush (Part 1)

Preface to the 2023 abridged and revised edition.

 This is the 3rd edition, following on from my 1983 and 2009 versions. Having been born at Kirkby-in-Ashfield, and living there from 1952 to 1972, I decided to produce this one especially for the Steaming Back to Kirkby Website. I have used the elements which focus on the Kirkby locality but, as some stories develop, they do drift further afield.

In producing this edition I have used a colourising app on most of my B&W photos. Whilst this might not please some purists, I have sought to make this edition an interesting and visually attractive story. I think that the colourised images enhance my finished product.

Preface to the 2009 revised and updated edition.

When I first produced these memories, in 1983, the production tools available to me were simple – a typewriter and a selection of photos I had taken, enhanced by any other relevant photos I could beg or borrow. Producing the text by typewriter demanded an accurate draft, accompanied by an equally accurate application of basic typewriting skills.

Moving on 26 years I now have a vastly superior arsenal of tools available. Text production is, by comparison, a “piece of cake” as the word processing facility within PCs give a wide choice and flexibility. Background research and sourcing of accompanying material is made all the more easier by the use of the Web. Encompassing all of this are the digital scanning tools and editing techniques available.

Where I have used other people’s material I have tried to give credit for this and I would like to express my gratitude to the many people who are kind enough to share their material on the Web.

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Fig 2: Two pages from the 1983 edition of Youthful Days by Malcolm Rush. 

Youthful Days – this series of articles recalls some personal memories of my interest in railways.

One of my earliest recollections of railways was in 1958, when I was 6 years old and on a visit to my Uncle Fred’s farm at South Leverton, near Retford. On that particular day my Uncle was to make a trip to the cattle market at Retford. Arriving at the entrance to the subway, which led to the cattle market under the ex. Great Northern Railway main line, a sight greeted me which has remained a striking memory. Stood above the subway was what I believe was a Gresley Class A3 Pacific, painted green and with the nameplate curving gracefully above the centre wheel splasher. However, the spark which ignited my further interest must have been mis-firing that day because, unlike my brother who decided to spend the time train-spotting, I opted to accompany my Uncle to the cattle market.

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Fig 3: Class A3 4-6-2 Pacific No. 60067 Ladas at Kings Cross in 1961. Photo Credit: P.N. Townend 

Although I never saw No. 60067 Ladas the image (Fig 3) is the nearest one to my Retford memory that I could find. I’m not sure, though, if my ‘Retford’ engine had smoke deflectors – my memory doesn’t run to that detail! Certainly the A3s I remember spotting were ones in their modified state with double chimney and German-type smoke deflectors, like ‘Ladas’.  A lot of the A3s were named after racehorses and this one, ‘Ladas’, is named after the 1894 Derby winner.


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Posted by SB2K admin – 13th June 2023