Midland Counties Railway

Introduction

Most of this line is still open. This railway ran from Derby to Rugby with a branch to Nottingham.



It ran in competition with the Birmingham and Derby Junction Railway and was continued north to Leeds by the North Midland Railway and even further north by the York and North Midland Railway. It was one of the founders of the Midland Railway.






Dates

  /  /1839[Midland Counties Railway]
Opened from Derby (temporary) to Nottingham.
  /  /1840[Midland Counties Railway]
Opened from Rugby ([London and Birmingham Railway]) to triangular junction at Long Eaton.
10/05/1844[Midland Counties Railway]
[Birmingham and Derby Junction Railway]
[North Midland Railway]
[Midland Railway]
George Hudson encourages the Midland Counties Railway, Birmingham and Derby Junction Railway and North Midland Railway to merge to become the Midland Railway.
  /  /1962[Midland Counties Railway]
Closed from Wigston North Junction (excluded) to Rugby, Wharf Junction (excluded).
  /  /1965[Midland Counties Railway]
Closed from Rugby (excluded) to Wharf Junction and Newbold Canal Basin.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

Rugby is now confirmed as the only station where it is safe to put your head into a gap in a Pendolino. Seriously, I have never thought of Rugby as a ...
Ken Strachan 27/11/2015
Baby no longer on board: two ladies lead their young charge away from a Birmingham-bound 350 at Rugby on 2 December. I had abandoned my car and used ...
Ken Strachan 02/12/2015
The 0702 to London Euston blinks in the early morning March sunlight at Rugby [see image 36505]. If winter comes, can spring be far behind? (Yeats, I ...
Ken Strachan 25/03/2011
A Voyager heads south empty stock through Rugby platform 4, while passengers await a Pendolino on platform 5. ...
Ken Strachan 30/08/2013

Old railway, or canal? Ironically, this stretch of the Midland Railway Rugby-Leicester line at Willey, near Ullesthorpe, approaching the level ...
Ken Strachan 01/04/2011

A view north west of Frolesworth Road over-bridge, to the west of Ashby Parva village, over the former Leicester Wigston North Junction to Rugby ...
David Pesterfield 14/06/2018
A north easterly view from Frolesworth Road over-bridge, to the west of Ashby Parva village, along a tree free section of the solum of the former ...
David Pesterfield 14/06/2018







A neglected looking 58005, in Midland Mainline livery, standing in the sunshine at the end of a siding behind Leicester TMD on 16 August 2002. Built ...
Ian Dinmore 16/08/2002
Approaching Leicester Midland station from the south on 04 July 2012 with the impressive station frontage visible above the bridge parapet. ...
John McIntyre 04/07/2012
The refuelling point north of Leicester station on a sunny summer evening in August 2002. The locomotives in attendance are EWS 66545 and 60063, the ...
Ian Dinmore 16/08/2002
North end of Leicester taken late 70's early 80's. ...
Alastair McLellan //


A building by the road leading to the platform at Syston Station. ...
Brad Payne 09/02/2005
Poorly sign at Syston ...
Brad Payne 09/02/2005
Looking south at Syston station ...
Brad Payne 9/2/2005



An East Midlands Leicester - Lincoln service calls at Sileby on 22 June. ...
Peter Todd 22/06/2009
EWS 66017 takes a train of Lafarge aggregates south on the Midland Mail line through Sileby on 22 June. ...
Peter Todd 22/06/2009
Scene just south of Sileby station on the Midland main line on 22 June 2009. EWS 66067 with a northbound freight passes East Midlands Trains ...
Peter Todd 22/06/2009



45119 southbound XP through the Midland station. Notice the old track layout and the Brush factory. ...
Peter Todd 28/04/1979
45108 northbound XP through the Midland station. ...
Peter Todd 28/04/1979
The famous neon sign, framed by the steelwork of the recently erected Loughborough station footbridge. View east in October 2013. ...
Ken Strachan 25/10/2013
A dramatic difference [see image 56066] from the empty space of the last 37 years. These two girders, in modern Rail Girder Green, were installed over ...
Ken Strachan 09/09/2017



Fast moving service runs north past the remains of Kegworth station. ...
Ewan Crawford 12/09/2006

East Midlands Parkway - change here for Ratcliffe on Soar power station. View looks East. ...
Ken Strachan 11/09/2009







The Spondon station building (red brick) and station master's house (rendered, and complete with stopped clock) have both been converted to new uses ...
Ken Strachan 21/02/2013
View west at Spondon towards Derby on 21 February [see image 42222] in an area full of history. The Derby-Nottingham canal survives as a path beyond ...
Ken Strachan 21/02/2013





An unidentified Class 44 Peak brings a long coal train from Toton over the 1901 goods flyover at Trent and down past the back of the power box. ...
Mark Bartlett //1975
Brush Type 4 No. 47189 brings a long MGR service past Trent Power Box (just out of sight beyond the railway cottages) in September 1981. The train is ...
Mark Bartlett 01/09/1981







Platform shelters (with compartments) at Beeston station, looking to Attenborough Junction. ...
Iain Steel /04/2008
The fine 1847 Midland Railway building on the Nottingham bound platform at Beeston station. ...
Iain Steel /04/2008



This was the terminus of the Midland Counties Railway branch from Long Eaton.
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