Part 1 - Tickets from the 1960's
|In the late 50's and early 60's my route to the GCR at Nottingham started on the Great Northern line from Derby Friargate (see tickets below). For years the Thompson 2-6-4 L1 tanks from Colwick worked this line, to be replaced in the last years as the Midland region took charge by Ivatt 2-6-0 "Flying Pigs" (Well, you only had to look at them...!)|
|On one memorable journey a Teddy Boy entered our (non-corridor) carriage at Ilkeston.
He was wearing red drapes, drainpipe trousers, and snakeskin winklepickers.
My friends and I gawped at this strange garb, to the annoyance of the wearer.
After a while he glared at me and said, "Are you taking the piss out of my boots?"
Right: A veritable "sty" of "Flying Pigs"! Ivatt 2-6-0's at Colwick, April 1964
Having never heard this expression before and naively taking it literally I nervously stammered "No thank you!" - and then trying to sympathise - "It's a nuisance when you can't reach a toilet when you need one, isn't it?" Oh dear, I quickly learned when not to be helpful and when to shut up!