Journal 16 — Summer 2001
Table of Contents
- Co-operation with the LD&EC Railway / By Glynn Waite
- Midland Railway Literature (13) / By Ted Hancock
- Change at Child's Hill / By Geoff Goslin
- The Leicester Agricultural Show Branch (1868) / By John Gough
- Locomotive Aesthetics / By Jack Braithwaite
Comments on Items in Previous Journals
- Midland Railway Literature
- Locomotive aesthetics [No. 15]
- Early accidents : Sawley
- In memory of George Thums
- Query 20 : Out-Door Assistant's Office Derby / Form numbers
- Query 22 : Where is this station (1)?
- Query 23 : Where is this station (2)?
- Query 24 (new query) : Unknown Midland Railway saloon near Wimbourne S&DJR.
- Query 25 (new query) : 0–4–2 Locomotives
- Query 26 (new query) : Where was this photograph taken?
Perhaps this photograph should have appeared in “Query Corner”, for little is known about the Service Messroom Band. It is well recorded that the Midland encouraged its employees to become involved in a variety of extramural activities, and it is quite possible that the company contributed to the cost of the instruments, which was likely to have been beyond the pockets of most conciliation staff. The photograph was probably taken at either the Locomotive or Carriage & Wagon Works at Derby. It is speculation, but could the band have played during the religious services that took place in the Works’ messrooms, details of which appeared in Midland Record No.11.
This handbill is from an era when an aeroplane was a very unusual sight and people used to run out of the house to look at the “strange bird in the sky”. Hence, visits to the aerodrome at Hendon would have created great excitement on Saturdays during the summer of 1913. Similar trips may well have taken place in 1914, but they would certainly ceased after war was declared. An earlier handbill, without an illustration, is known for an aviation meeting at Doncaster in September 1908. [L. Knighton collection]