Journal 55 — Summer 2014
Table of Contents
- A Midland ‘990’ Model Locomotive from Nuremberg / By George Huxley
- Foreigners / By Ian Howard
- The Cudworth Mail Train Crash / By Gerry Firth
- Early Days at Dronfield Station / By David Salt
- The Origins of Rowsley’s Passenger Turns / By Glynn Waite
- My Midland Station / By John Evans, Peter Clowes, Malcolm Bell & Steve Huson
- Query Corner
- Comments on Items in Previous Journals
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]
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]