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Midland Railway

This railway from its origins in the Derby area grew until it had lines to London and Carlisle (the famous Settle and Carlisle Line). It also owned 32% of the Forth Bridge Railway making it the largest shareholder in this venture. In Scotland its partners were the North British Railway who took their trains on to Aberdeen via Fife or Edinburgh Waverley via Galashiels and the Glasgow and South Western Railway who took trains on to Glasgow St Enoch's via Kilmarnock.

Act 10 May 1844
Grouping 1923

Chronology

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The company was incorporated on the 10th of May 1844. It was formed by an amalgamation of the Midland Counties Railway, the Birmingham and Derby Junction Railway and the North Midland Railway. George Hudson was instrumental in this merger. This resulted in a company with lines from Derby to Leeds, Rugby and Hampton in Arden. The company then purchased other lines such as the Leeds and Bradford Railway.

Ultimately the company had lines to London, Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol, South Wales, Bournemouth, Yarmouth, Lancaster and Carlisle.


Settle and Carlisle Railway

1866 Bill presented to parlament for the Settle and Carlisle Railway. This had support from the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway, Glasgow and South Western Railway and the North British Railway (who did not have a partner for taking traffic from the Border Union Railway (Waverley Route) at Carlisle).

16 July 1866 Act for Settle and Carlisle Railway passed.

In 1868 an agreement with London and North Western Railway was reached over use of the Lancaster and Carlisle Railway and the Midland Railway  moved to abandon their planned Settle and Carlisle Railway. This was blocked by the North British Railway and the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway and parliament stops the abandonment. The Midland Railway was forced into building the railway.

The line was planned to be complete in 1873. But due to the many major engineering works it was not.

The first goods train ran on the 2nd of August 1875.

The first passenger train ran on the 1rst of May 1876.

Midland Counties Railway

Derby - Leicester - Rugby + Nottingham branch

* Derby
* Spondon
Borrowash
Draycott
* Long Eaton
Kegworth
Hathern
* Loughborough
Barrow-on-Soar
Sileby
Syston
Leicester Humberstone Road
* Leicester London Road
Wigston Magna South
Countesthorpe
Broughton Astley
Ullesthorpe
* Rugby

*Long Eaton
*Attenborough
*Beeston
*Nottingham

Birmingham and Derby Junction Railway

Derby - Hampton-in-Arden

* Derby
* Peartree
Repton & Willington
Various?
* Burton-on-Trent
Various?
Barton & Walton
Elford
* Tamworth High Level
* Wilnecote
Kingsbury
* Hampton-in-Arden
North Midland Railway

Derby - Leeds (not via Sheffield or Barnsley)

* Derby  [Clay cross Tunnel ]
Duffield
Belper
Ambergate
Wingfield
Stretton
Clay Cross
* Chesterfield
Whittington
Barrow Hill & Staveley Works
Eckington
Killamarsh
Woodhouse Hill
Treeton
* Rotherham
Parkgate
Swinton
Darfield
Cudworth
Hemsworth
Sandac
Oakenshaw
*Normanton
*Altofts Joint
Methley
*Woodlesford
Hunslet
*Leeds

Page created on 24/03/1998
Page last edited on: 24/03/2012
Contact: Ewan Crawford