|SCHOOLDAYS - MY DAILY JOURNEY ON NOBBY
Memories from Mrs Judith Young
After a mile's cycle ride into Newport Pagnell and depositing my transport at a friend's house I then walked to the station for my journey on 'Nobby'.
On other occasions it was considered great fun to open the window, put your head out and be engulfed by smoke from the engine.
Sometimes the journey could be quite hazardous - for your headgear I mean. Fellow pupils thought it would be fun to throw your beret/pill box hat out of the window. On reflection I wonder what happened to these, certainly mine was never returned. Somehow parents didn't think this was funny - I wonder why?!
However, on the last day of your school career this headgear meant nothing to you and , as the train approached the canal at the Black Horse, it was removed and tossed into the water as you passed over.
My husband recalls, whilst having his hair cut at a barbers near the station goods yard, hearing a terrific bang and later found that 'Nobby' had been travelling too fast down the line with goods wagons attached, failed to stop and collided with the buffers. The front engine had become embedded into a wagon, the rest becoming derailed. This only goes to prove we had ton-up drivers then!
On another occasion the driver had been travelling too fast, this time when entering the shed to put 'Nobby' to bed.........he collided with the front wall.
Not only was the train used for the general public but even Father Christmas chose 'Nobby' as his mode of transport when visiting the local Co-op store one year.