Front Cover: The Midland’s official photographer captured 990 class 4–4–0 No. 995 on 3rd August 1911 as it headed a very short down stopping passenger train between Baron Wood tunnel No. 2 and Armathwaite tunnel. This working is very strange. The 990 class 4–4–0 locomotives, designed and built for making comparisons with the Deeley compounds, exemplified, at this time, all that was at the forefront of Midland Railway expertise in top-ranking passenger locomotive design. The fact that such a fast and powerful machine was in charge of a tiny local train only two years after entering service needs some explaining. The train itself appears to have comprised two Clayton bogie carriages, a D263 40´ composite luggage and a D490 43´ third, both approaching vintage status, with a modern D530 31´ clerestory passenger brake van bringing up the rear. More photographs of 990 class locomotives at work appear at the end of George Huxley’s article comparing the accuracy of a contemporary Bing model of No. 999 with the reality. [Roy F. Burrows Midland Collection Trust, No.60037: Kidderminster Railway Museum]
Back Cover: This map forms the back page of an attractive folded-card public timetable that the Midland Railway used to advertise new through-carriage services operating between 1st July and 30th September 1905. The map is somewhat misleading, suggesting that there were through-carriage services between all the towns and cities indicated. In fact, they were only as follows. Bradford, Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester (Central), Derby, Nottingham and Leicester had through-carriage service to Herne Hill, Tonbridge, Ashford, Sandling Junction, Folkestone, Dover, Walmer and Deal. Also, Southampton received through-carriage service from Derby, Nottingham and Leicester whilst Portsmouth was more fortunate, with through services from those three and Bradford, Leeds and Sheffield as well. [Roy F. Burrows Midland Collection Trust, No. 13961: Midland Railway Study Centre]
Front Cover: This undated photograph was taken from a position on the up side of the line about 100 yards from the northern entrance to the Melling tunnel. It depicts, in the distance, Melling station itself with a Midland passenger train standing at the up platform. The signalling on the Furness and Midland Joint Railway was provided by the Midland, and this photograph shows that at Melling to very good effect. A close-up of the station region from this print is one of the illustrations in a piece in this issue of the Journal on the section of the F&M between Wennington and Melling. [Courtesy of the Cumbrian Railways Association: Photograph Ref. No. W-M027]
Back Cover: The Stratford on Avon and Midland Junction Railway came under full control of the Midland Division of the LMS after the grouping. This is a poster advertising an excursion over the route to Bristol and Weston-super-Mare. It is interesting to compare this with a Midland poster of 1869 that we reproduced on the back cover of Journal No. 52, Summer 1913. In that, a third class fare from Leicester to Matlock (journey about 50 miles) cost 8 shillings, whilst that in 1931 between Northampton and Bristol (more than 100 miles) cost 4/6. A rough estimate of the effects of inflation between 1869 and 1931 is that comparative prices doubled. So, an excursion passenger in 1931 (paying 4/6 for a 100 mile plus ticket) got about eight times the value for their money in 1931 compared with a person in 1869 (paying 8s for a 50 mile ticket). [Robin Cullup Collection]
Front Cover: This is one of the lovely lithographs (some coloured, as here) that Samuel Russell produced to celebrate the building of the North Midland Railway. Lack of funds prevented his hopes of producing a book of the complete set; the last straw came when his appeal for help to the Directors of the North Midland was rejected. He recovered some of his expenses by sale of individual sheets, and a useful number of those have survived the intervening years.
This is one of the more famous ones, the view at Bull Bridge that brings three modes of transport together, with the most modern, the North Midland Railway, taking prominence. A narrow-boat was being drawn across the aqueduct taking the Cromford canal over the railway, whilst a train approached from the north. Note that the depiction of a mast and sail on the boat is purely artistic licence. The turn-pike road from Ambergate to Alfreton ran through the arch to the right of the railway, and Russell had drawn a two-wheeled wagon approaching through it. The two gangers re-setting the sleepers on the down line complete this unique scene. [Friends of the Cromford Canal No. 244]
Back Cover: These eleven tickets represent those that the Midland Railway produced for their experiment with Zone Tickets in the Sheffield Area. The details are discussed on page 27 by Peter Jones in his response to a snippet from the Railway Service Journal of April 1904 in the previous issue of our Journal. In that snippet, the introduction by the Midland of Zone tickets for the Sheffield area was noted, without any great detail being given. Peter’s discussion rectifies that omission, and members should read Peter’s text, referring, as necessary, to the images of the tickets on the back page. I am sorry that this is inconvenient and against the general principles that we adopt for laying out this Journal. Our policy is, wherever possible, to keep each illustration as close as possible to the text that it illuminates. If we had done that here the images of the tickets would have been in the grey-scale in which our photographs appear, and readers would not have been able to see the important use of colour that the Midland made to identify ticket types. [Courtesy of the Great Western Society Museum]