Midland Railway

  • Oldest surviving Midland Railway locomotive begins three-year loan at Barrow Hill

    Oldest surviving Midland Railway locomotive begins three-year loan at Barrow Hill

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    The National Railway Museum has signed a three-year loan agreement with the Barrow Hill Engine Shed Society to enable Midland Railway locomotive no.158A to go on static public display at Barrow Hill roundhouse.

  • Practice & Performance: Working at Wortley – 1952

    Practice & Performance: Working at Wortley – 1952

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    Wortley Junction, west of Leeds, was a busy part of the network and had a complex layout. In an unorthodox Practice & Performance,  John Heaton FCILT recalls how the ’box was operated, as well as timings of workings on that route.  DUSK used to fall early on February afternoons in the northern industrial cities of…

  • New canopy for Dore and Totley after long campaign

    New canopy for Dore and Totley after long campaign

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    A NEW canopy is now in use at the station in the south-west suburbs of Sheffield.  This follows a long campaign by the Friends of Dore and Totley Station. Dore and Totley is served by Hope Valley line trains and is popular with commuters to Sheffield and Manchester.  Campaigners are now seeking more improvements, including…

  • Country Railway Routes: Ambergate to Buxton

    Country Railway Routes: Ambergate to Buxton

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    By Vic Mitchell and Keith Smith MIDDLETON’S ever-expanding library of regional railway histories has found its way to the much-loved – and much-missed – Midland Railway (MR) main line between Ambergate and Buxton.  Parts of the route remain open, with the section between Matlock and Rowsley occupied by Peak Rail, and efforts continue to reinstate…

  • Bath Green Park: Historic station myths dispelled

    Bath Green Park: Historic station myths dispelled

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    Mike Arlett clears up the still-perpetuated myth that the Midland Railway had first opened a branch line from Mangotsfield to a temporary terminus in Bath.

  • Barrow Hill completes purchase of Midland ‘Half Cab’ No. 41708

    Barrow Hill completes purchase of Midland ‘Half Cab’ No. 41708

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    FORMER Midland Railway ‘1F’ 0-6-0T No. 41708 will be returned to full working order for the first time since 2003 following its acquisition by the Barrow Hill Engine Shed Society (BHESS). The purchase of the 1880-built ‘Half Cab’ for an undisclosed sum from the 1708 Locomotive Preservation Trust officially reunites the loco with the shed it…

  • Historic stations: Bath Green Park Some myths dispelled!

    Historic stations: Bath Green Park Some myths dispelled!

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    In the June 1980 issue of The Railway Magazine, Mike Arlett recalled the history of The Midland Station at Bath (renamed by BR as Bath Green Park in June 1951). All these years later it is apparent there still remains some confusion as to the date the station opened and the alleged existence of a…

  • Great steam Engineers of the nineteenth century: Part 5 – the 1860s

    Great steam Engineers of the nineteenth century: Part 5 – the 1860s

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    Steam locomotives grew larger, more powerful and faster during the 1860s. Brian Sharpe outlines how the jobs of the locomotive superintendents of the major railway companies also grew ever larger, in terms of their responsibilities and the huge workforces under their control.  The 1860s was a time of expansion for the GWR. After the Gauge…

  • Steam at St Margarets in the Fifties

    Steam at St Margarets in the Fifties

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    In issue 249, I enjoyed Gavin Morrison’s retro look at Holbeck shed’s last years of service in the 1960s. My memories of this atmospheric Midland Railway ‘Cathedral of Steam’ are from a decade or so earlier when steam ruled the rails and ex-Midland and LMS locomotives dominated. In my school days when I had rare…

  • Leicestershire’s Lost Railways

    Leicestershire’s Lost Railways

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    By Neil Burgess A NUMBER of rail routes and stations throughout Leicestershire were lost to the ‘Beeching Axe’, but some of the more rural lines in the east of the county lost their passenger services in the 1950s or well before. This mainly pictorial book takes the reader on some interesting journeys – Leicester to…

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