Journal Contents 2016

Issue No. 61 — Summer 2016

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Front Cover: The illustration on our front cover also forms Fig. 1 of our leading article by Andrew Surry on the Tewkesbury and Malvern Railway. The caption below is that for Fig. 1 of Andrew’s article. This coloured postcard view, based upon a photograph by W.H. Mizen of Upton-on-Severn station around 1906, shows the buildings there complete with glass canopies and Midland barge boards. The pattern bricks were yet more elaborate on the station entrance and even the weigh-bridge house had an elegantly pointed gothic roof. Clearly no expense was spared, which was unfortunate for the company, which had no expense to spare. [Midland Railway Study Centre, No. 68074: John Alsop collection]

Table of Contents

  • The Tewkesbury & Malvern Railway: James Allport & The Board of Trade
  • Snippets from the Illustrated London News
  • Foreigners
  • Rediscovering the North End of Derby Station
  • Methley Station
  • Neilson’s Sidings, 1981: A Christmas Day Excursion
  • Through Carriage Working at Wigston Junction
  • Accident At Silkstream Junction, June 1907
  • Query Corner
  • Comments on Items in Previous Journals

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Back Cover: Our Back Cover shows a Midland Railway handbill advertising the new return services of through-carriages to Birmingham from London St. Pancras via Wigston South Junction. The timings confirm those that John Gough provided in his response (From St. Pancras to Birmingham by Scheduled Train, Midland Railway Society Journal No. 59, Autumn, 2015, pp.31) to George Huxley’s original Query No. 114. This is one piece of evidence in support of what we know about this obscure service of the Midland Railway, and John Stevenson’s article pulls together that information and what can be reliably surmised about how the Midland moved the through-carriages at Wigston. [John Stephenson Collection]

Issue No. 62 — Autumn 2016

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Front Cover: Hugh Llewelyn took this fine photograph of the frontage to Worcester Shrub Hill (joint GWR/MR) station in August 1982. It shows well the Georgian-style architecture built in 1865 mainly of engineering brick with stone facing to the design of the engineer, Edward Wilson. This photograph illustrates the station at Worcester from which the mail bags were dispatched, as described in the introduction to John Soer’s fourth instalment of his ‘Mail on the Midland’. But Wilson’s station was not the first station here. That one was opened in 1850, under joint ownership of the Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton and the Midland railways. Until 1852 it was used only as a terminus for the Midland’s services from Birmingham. [© Hugh Llewelyn: reproduced under a Creative Common licence]

Table of Contents

  • The Midland Railway On The Home Front And The OBE / Roger Brettle
  • Tank Loading Ramp
  • Mail On The Midland Railway And Its Constituents, 1840–1875: Part 4 / John Soer
  • The Irish Sea Tickets Of The Midland Railway / David Geldard
  • MR Officers’ Annual Ball, Derby
  • Foreigners / Ian Howard
  • Private Owner Wagons On The Settle & Carlisle Railway And In Craven Generally / Jamie Guest
  • Query Corner
  • Comments on Items in Previous Journals

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Back Cover: Our Back Cover shows an attractive Midland Railway poster advertising the Midland’s services to Scotland. It is not dated, but it was probably in circulation in the years just before WW1. There was then no more need to highlight the outstanding dining facilities on these Midland trains. Clearly, it had become general knowledge amongst the wealthy class who would have used the service. The claim that the Midland had the ‘Most Interesting Route to Scotland’ was no idle boast. Whether the train took the line north to Derby via Leicester or to Nottingham via Melton Mowbray, the passenger was treated to lovely views over the pastoral counties of the Midlands. From Derby north, there were the lovely Derwent and Amber valleys and, after the industrial powerhouse of the line through Sheffield to Leeds, there was the varied scenery of the Aire valley before the splendour of the Settle and Carlisle line. Then, there was the final majesty of the Scottish lines. One from Carlisle over the G&SWR line from Dumfries up the Nith valley into Ayrshire and thence to Glasgow. The other via the NBR Waverley route to Edinburgh over the Scottish Border hills. [Ian Howard collection]