This railway from its origins in the
Derby area grew until it had lines to London and Carlisle (the famous
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
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 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
* Long Eaton
Leicester Humberstone Road
* Leicester London Road
Wigston Magna South
|Birmingham and Derby Junction Railway
Derby - Hampton-in-Arden
Repton & Willington
Barton & Walton
* Tamworth High Level
|North Midland Railway
Derby - Leeds (not via Sheffield or Barnsley)
|* Derby [Clay cross Tunnel ]
Barrow Hill & Staveley Works
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Page last edited on: 24/03/2012
Contact: Ewan Crawford