Midland Railway System Map
The Railway Companies (Accounts and Returns) Act 1911 introduced the obligation for the inclusion of a map into the now annual accounts. The First Schedule of the Act simply states the requirement of “Map” and under the “Form of Accounts and Statistical Returns” this is amplified to “Map - This should be explanatory of the Railway System”. The first year of the new style of accounts was 1913 and the map [below] is from the Annual Report and Accounts for 1922, the last year of the Midland Railway. This map shows the last addition to the system, the Yorkshire Dales from Skipton to Grassington acquired in 1922 as a prelude to the Grouping in the following year. Prior to that the railway was only worked by the Midland. One omission from the map is the Forth Bridge Railway. This was because the Midland did not own any shares in this company even though it nominated three of the directors, and Sir Ernest Paget sat in the chair. The Midland, along with the East Coast companies however, did guarantee the debenture interest and a 4% dividend on the shares of the company.