I always knew them as ‘Derby Fours’ and I know some folk called them ‘Duck Sixes’, but one of my old railway pals, an Ex-Manningham fireman, later a driver at Gateshead, always referred to these engines as ‘night fighters’; the reason why escapes me. Sadly, he’s no longer with us so I can’t ask him to refresh my memory. ( If any one reading this knows the answer – please do tell.)
Speaking of ‘night fighters’, during WWII the LMS introduced ‘Iron Rations’ – the iron rations consisted of spoonfuls of tea and sugar for men who were stranded, by enemy air raids, away from their home depots. However, these rations weren’t a generous offer, in the ‘Dunkirk spirit’, made by th LMS to their footplate crew – they charged for them and turned a profit; about 300% on the tea and over 1300% on the sugar, which I’m sure left a bad taste. (Source: J A Carter, Chairman, Willesden LDC 1941, Locomotive Journal)
In the Pullman coaches, behind No.43924, the passengers are, no doubt, enjoying ‘cream teas’ and in somewhat different circumstances, no iron rations for them. I have to admit I’ve enjoyed a ‘cream tea’ myself, on the K&WVR, riding in the ‘Old Gentleman’s coach’ – great fun.
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