Cover photograph : This lovely picture of a classic early-20th century English scene is, in fact, a photograph of a number of players and spectators relaxing outside the pavilion of Duffield cricket club. The object of Midland Railway interest is the pavilion, with walls and roof made from standard Midland Railway signal box components. One presumes that these were recycled from a redundant signal box, but we know nothing, at the moment, about the story behind this picture.
Peter Witts points out that the cricket club was in Eyes Meadow that is just to the east of Duffield Junction. The 1901 6-inch OS map shows a pavilion at the northern-most tip of the boundary of the cricket field. The 1914 25-inch map has an additional pavilion on its eastern-most boundary. Both pavilions are shown on the 1938 6-inch map. ‘Google Earth’ shows a pavilion at the north end backed by trees on the perimeter behind. However there is now no trace of a building of any sort on the eastern boundary and there are far fewer trees on this side.
I have made measurements on the 1:2500 OS map of the area and these show the pavilion to be rectangular, of size 10.5 by 4.5 metres, or 34ft. 6in. by 14ft. 6in., all very approximate. How do these compare with the standard sizes of Midland signalbox panels? [Allan Budd collection]
Back cover : This notice of 1897 about attaching vehicles to passenger trains at the goods station at Belper is unusual in its insistence and complexity. I suspect that it was issued following some accident or other incident at Belper that needed this sort of remedial action. Does anyone have any more information about this? [Ian Howard collection]
Cover photograph : This photograph of Turvey station, taken about 1900, includes two lady passengers with a baby in a pram waiting on the up platform, and a single bowler-hatted gentleman standing on the down platform. The timetables of this period show that there were no passenger trains that passed here at approximately the same time. A possible explanation of the lone man on the down platform is that he was the photographer’s assistant (the photographer was standing on the down platform to take the picture). The three Midland Railway staff on the up platform were probably the station master and two porters. As Maurice Jeyes describes in the first article of this issue of our Journal, this was the first station that he passed on the trains from Bedford over the Stratford- upon-Avon and Midland Junction Railway (SMJ), albeit some 50 years after our cover photograph was taken. What looks like the body of a D529 25ft. passenger brake van was supported on transverse timbers and used as some sort of store. However, the dog box should have been at the left hand end according to the diagram. Were some built with the dog box at the other end, and, if so, why? (See, also, the caption to Figure 11, Bidford-on-Avon station, of our first article, on the Stratford-upon-Avon and Midland Junction Railway). [Roy F. Burrows Trust, No. 68069: John Alsop collection]
Back cover : These regulations were extracted from the Midland Railway public timetable for October 1865. Andrew Surry discusses them in detail on page 14, as an adjunct to his article on ‘Luggage on the Victorian Railway’. [Roy F. Burrows Trust No. 13972: Midland Railway Study Centre]
Cover photograph : For our front cover, I have chosen this photograph from the Alsop Collection at the Midland Railway Study Centre for three main reasons. Firstly, it shows one of the cross-overs at Derby that were protected by the signals discussed by Dave Harris in the article by him and Tony Overton. Secondly, Platform 1 is full of rich contemporary detail, and is worthy of study just for that. Finally, it is a somewhat earlier photograph of the same location that was seen in the centre spread of Issue 41, but it is looking northwards rather than south, and thereby is a useful complement to Laurence Knighton’s photograph in that centre spread. [Roy F. Burrows Midland Collection Trust, No. 67510: John Alsop collection]
Back cover : This notice was sent out from the office of the Superintendent of the line in 1892, following an agreement between all the railway companies in Great Britain and Ireland to withdraw all free passes to drovers and other railway passengers who had, on account of their business, to travel with animals transported by the railway. It seems that the Midland was one of the companies most supportive of this practice, no doubt to capture some of the trade from the north that would have otherwise gone to the LNWR or, perhaps, to the east coast companies. The topic is discussed as part of John Slack’s article on the Skipton Cattle Trade. [Roy F. Burrows Midland Collection Trust No. 05433: John Alsop collection]