|Midland Record also Midland Engines|
The Midland Record was attractively produced in the usual Wild Swan style: that is in a Brunelian format which fits at Didcot, but nowhere else where A4 is favoured for page formats. There is remarkably little attention to its "series" nature. Most periodicals from the commercial bookstall type to the serious tend to treat each Issue as a book and this ensures that the series is moderately well known within the railway enthusiast brotherhood, but is virtually unknown in public libraries. Due to its cost it is unlikely to be treated in the same depth as other material on the steamindex website pages. There is a further problem in that Midland Engines, a sort of NRM/Wild Swan joint venture, is a sort of second cousin, twice removed, to the Record, although the monograph nature is more evident and the material tends to be dated, presumably at the behest of the NRM. As usual with this form of publishing the journal transgresses into alien ground: the Great Eastern Railway and British Railways, for instance. As is obvious most Issues have not been seen and reliance has had to be placed on several excellent websites, but these do not quote pagination, nor do they give any idea of content, but they do give authorship and thus it becomes possible to recognize the work of Atkins, Braithwaite and Hunt and their contributions to locomotive historical development: would it be too cynical to state their static beauty?.
Midland Record No. 0 
Andy Brown. St. Pancras. 4-30.
Includes contemporary photographs of station under construction and plans which show changes in platform and track layouts
Andrew Hobbs. Kirtley era carriages: the saga continues. 31-41
The odd spot. 42-4
Photographs of Kirtley 0-6-0 cab interiors plus one of smokebox with door open
Andy Brown. Midland Railway liveries: some facts about paint. 45-52.
Bob Essery. Nottingham goods. 53-61.
MR lineside. 61-4
Water cranes: official diagrams
Ramps & jacks. 65-6.
Includes photograph of interior of breakdown van on p. 66
Bob Essery. Midland Railway motor trains in the Midland, LMS &
BR period. 67-79.
Includes transcript of memorandum from James E. Anderson of 9 July 1908 relating to Symes examining the operation of the motor trains (push & pull) between Sheffield and Doncaster worked in sandwich mode consisting of compo brake No. 3448, locomotive 0-6-0T No. 1637 and third brake No. 746. Complaint had related to fore and aft oscillation: Symes recommended tightening couplings. Illustration: 0-4-4T No. 1272 with former LNWR driving trailer. Also letter of 23 May 1908 concerning water consuption by 0-6-0T No. 1632 when working motor train on Ripley branch on 21 May 1908. Steam rail motor No. 2233: side elevation and plan; also interior; MGNR 4-4-0T No. 8 with Pullman car; MGNR 4-4-0T No. 19 at Harpenden (P.C. Dewhurst); MR 0-6-0T No. 1632 in sandwich formation; and 0-4-4T No. 1257 also in sandwich formation
MR freight. Sam Cowan. 80-1.
0-6-4T No. 2004 at New Mills post-1912
Midland Railway at Burton. 82-3
Midland territory. 84
Bob Essery. The Visit of Messrs. Reid & Anderson
to the USA in 1920. 85; 90
Report is dated February 1920 and refers to "last autumn" therefore the visit took place in 1919. The officers were R.W. Reid, Carriage & Wagon Superintendent and James Anderson, Deputy CME. The report was to F. Tatlow, General Manager
Midland Railway Class 3 0-6-0. 86-9.
R.S. Carpenter. Coaley Junction for Dursley. 107-27
Midland Record No. 1 
156 class 2-4-0 No. 155A. (photograph). 1
Jack Braithwaite. Midland Railway
locomotive aesthetics. 3-20.
Quotes several authors who commented upon the beauty of Joonson's locomotives, especially the singles and how these standards were lost under Deeley. George Gentry gave an appreciation of Johnson's GER No. 1 class 2-4-0 in Model Engineer of 13 January 1916 in which he stated that "They bear the hallmark of the wonderful proportions always aimed at by Mr Johnson and which culminated in his 4-4-0 Midland 'insides' which some enthusiasts declare were the most beautifully proportioned engines ever produced.
8-ton covered goods wagon Diagram 357. 21-3
Keith Miles. Rowsley: the last Midland shed. 24-43.
The Midland Railway had planned to install a coaling plant, but this had to wait until the LMS period when a Stranraer-type was construced, althgough the one at Rowsley had a higher degree of mechanisation,
Main line [diesel electric locomotive No. 10000 on Midland main line in
If you must have diesel electric locomotives these were rather good photographs taken by E.D. Bruton near Radlett of 14.15 St Pancras to Manchester express on 13 March 1948 and at Harper Lane Crossing on up 12.05 ex-Derby on 7 May 1949.
Toton sidings. 46-51.
Two illustrations, map and a plan.
MR lineside [water cranes]. 55-61.
Midland carriages Diagram 536. 61-6
Bob Essery. 'The 3.55 Maltese'. 67-80.
03.55 express freight from Birmingham Washwood Heath to Gloucester as recalled by then young fireman in 1951
Midland Record No.2
Peter Smith. Midland Railway signal boxes. 4-23
Long timber truck. 24-5.
Lot 698, Diagram 2970
Bob Essery. Train control. 26-41
Relief arrangements. 42-3
Stan Roberts. MR water tanks and tank houses. 44-9
David Hunt. MR 15-ton steam cranes. 50-5
54ft bogie composite brake. 56-79.
Lot 559; Diagrms 1796, 1835
Midland territory. 60-1.
LMS motive power depot at Cricklewood
Bakewell footbridge. 62-6
Midland people. 67-8
Bob Essery. The Class 4s in their final condition. 69-80
Midland Record No. 3
Bob Essery. Freight from Birmingham. 3-24
Through freight traffic
Keith Miles. A ducal whimsy. 25-9
Tunnel to mprotect view from Haddon Hall owned by Duke of Rutland
Jack Braithwaite. A ride with a 'Highflyer'. 31-5
Locomotive footplate experience in 1889.
S&DJR milk van;
Midland Railway signal arm;
Sheets, ropes & sacks;
Joseph Ellis & Sons;
An introduction to signalling.
Midland Record No. 4
Bob Essery. An introduction to goods stations. Part 1. 4-24
Vic Phillips. A practical view of the Midland system of train control. 25-31
Readers' reflections. 31
2-4-0 No. 20060 at Peterborough; 2-4-0 No. 20236 at Peterborough c1936; bridge on Cinderhill branch; Johnson 0-6-0T No. 1885 at Nottingham; 2F 0-6-0 No. 3590 at Nottingham.
Keith Miles, John Hulme and Fred James. 4F reflections. 35-49
L.G. Warburton. Welbeck Colliery Branch Junction. 52-60
Terry Essery. The '5.10 pm Leicester Slow'. 61
Bob Essery. The goods guard. 65-72
Bob Essery. Midland Railway goods brake vans. 73-7
Midland Record 5
Gloucester station looking towards Tramway Junction in 1910. 1
John Francis. Barnt Green to Bromsgrove: recollections of a railway career. 4-15
R.J. Essery. Selly Oak. 16-19.
MR lineside. Seats. 20
Jack Braithwaite. Cleaning standards of the Midland Railway Locomotive Departmentr in the late 19th century. 21-5.
Malcolm Cross. Midland Territory - Trent. 26-30.
Includes the train departure indicator
Phil Tattershall. MR carriages converted for motor train use. 31-5
By the wway. 36
Eric Jarvis. Eric Jarvis story part 1 - Porter to porter signalman. 37-42
Cudworth station. 44
Peter Kay. St. Pancras for the Continent. 49-52
Tilbury to Dunkirk service, 1927-1932
Midland carriages Diagram 508. 55-9
48ft lavatory composite and lavatory brake composite
Bob Essery. Water tickets. 60
To be used by footplate crews when acquiring water from other railways.
Jack Farrar. Train control an alternative viewpoint. 61-3
Bob Essery. Freight through Birmingham Part 2 - Gasworks traffic in
the Birmingham area. 64
Photographs include Mond gas production plant; a Goodall coke quencher; coke ovens at Saltley and on page 77 gas show rooms owned by the Birmingham Corporation Gas Department.
Midland Record No. 6
Class 2 0-6-0 No. 3153 on down mineral train near Northfield c1924. W.L.
Twin distants behind train were for Kings Norton
David Hunt. Swan-necked cranes and breakdown trains. 4-17.
By the way. 18
Eric Jarvis. Signalman. 19-31.
Midland territory. Desborough & Rothwell. 32
Andrew Hobbs. Early Travelling Post Office arrangements. 33
Midland carriages: MR 54ft brake third, Lot 560. 39-41
Bob Essery. Sileby. 42
MR coke wagons. 46-9
Prevention of accidents to staff engaged in railway operation. 50
Photograph showing disconnection of railway hose
Andrew Hobbs. An overview of early signalling. 51-9.
Very early including railway policemen
MR lineside: Midland Railway lamps. 59-63
Bob Essery. Freight through Birmingham Part 3. 64-80
Midland Record No. 7
Double-frame Kirtley 0-6-0 No. 2490 hauling freight between Kings Norton and Northfield in 1923. W.L. Good. 1.
Jack Farrar. Wellingborough marshalling yards the Up Marshalling Yard. Part 1. 4-17
Bob Essery and Eric Jarvis. Mountsorrel Junction. 18-19.
B.C. Lane and Bob Essery. MR coaling stage, ash pit & tank house. 20-4
Bob Essery. 10/12 ton covered goods wagons. 25-32
Bob Essery. Focus on Barnoldswick. 33-41
By the way. 42
MR lineside. Stop blocks. 43-53
Bob Essery. An introduction to goods stations Part 2. 54-79
Midland Record No. 8
4P compound No. 41048 on 11.00 ordinary passenger train from Bedford to St. Pancras at Sundon bridge at 11.36 on 19 April 1952. E.D. Bruton. 1
Bob Essery. Freight through Birmingham. Part 4. 2-23.
David Hunt. Victorian elegance. 24-7
4-2-2 No. 118/473 on a Bradford to Bristol dining car train.
Peter Saunders. A life in Pitman's shorthand. 29
Diaries kept by a painter (decorator) on the Midland Railway who had to travel long distances to his work; from Derby to work in London in 1915 and to Luton. The diaries were written in shorthand..
Bob Essery. MR 12-ton coal wagon. 31-5
Drawing 3436: wagon with side and bottom doors,.
Bob Essery. The effect of mining subsidence upon railways. 36-41
In the Yorkshire coalfield.
Jack Farrar. Train control. 43-6.
Development of train control system on the LMS/LMR (Midland Sections) after the Grouping in 1923 and nationalisation.
Midland territory. 51
Jack Farrar. Wellingborough marshalling yards. Part 2. 52-64
Bob Essery. Point levers. 65
Eric Jarvis. Eric Jarvis story. Part 3. 69
Midland Record No. 9
Kirtley double-frame 0-6-0 No. 2678 near Kings Norton c1922. W.L. Good. 1.
Philip Atkins. The evolution of the `Flatirons'. 5-13
alternative schemes for a large MR passenger tank engine, 1903-1906;
Terry Essery. Water Orton to Carlisle freight trains. 21;
Keith Miles. Matlock miscellany. 33
Chris Crofts. Wicker goods. 46
Jack Braithwaite. Some notes on S.W. Johnson's 5ft 9in 4-4-0s for the Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway. 61-6.
Bob Essery. Railway container development up to 1939. 67
Midland Record No. 10
Tom King, a Midland driver as related to Roy Wlliams. Part 1. 5
Bob Essery. MR cattle wagon. 11
Philip Atkins. The Smith connection. 15-19
Locomotive links between Gateshead and Derby via W M Smith (father) and J W Smith (son)
Robbin Higgins. The Barnoldswick branch. 21
David Hunt. The Johnson compounds. 40-52.
Includes a folding general arrangement drawing.
David Jenkinson. The Midland influence on passenger trains. 53
Bob Essery. Freight through Birmingham Part 5. 69
Midland Record No. 11 (1999)
Class 3 0-6-0 No. 3330 with Belpaire boiler on freight passing Blackwell station c1924. W.L. Good. 1
Jack Braithwaite. The epitome of excellence. 5-
History of the concept of the beauty of Johnson's singles, 4-4-0s and even the 0-6-0s. Notes the involvement of Robert Weatherburn, District Locomotive Superintendent at Kentish Town from May 1885. The Pendreds, Loughnan and Vaughan, of The Engineer also contributed.
Fred James, David Hunt,
and Bob Essery. Midland Railway '1121' class 0-6-0 goods tank
engines (Class Q and Order No. 1395) post 1907 Nos. 1845-1899.
Almost as detailed as the Midland Engines series: includes general arrangement drawings (side elevation and plan).
Plate layers cabins;
John Simpson. Prayer services at Derby Locomotives Works. 55
Stan Roberts. MR listed building. 61
Tom King as related to
Roy Williams. The Deeley 0-6-4Ts a postscript. 62-3.
Mentions the derailments near Newark, Ashton-under-Hill and Moira, yet claimed that the locomotives steamed well and more surprisingly "rode well".
Midland enginemen's tools. 64-80.
Brushes, shovels, oil cans, etc.
Midland Record No. 12
Tom King, a Midland driver Part 2;
Eddie Johnson. Didsbury and the Manchester South District Railway;
Diagram 387 banana vans;
Neil Burgess. Mangotsfield;
Keith Miles. Up the Branch;
Bob Essery. A glimpse at Manchester Central;
Bob Essery. Parachute tanks;
Eric Jarvis Part 4;
Midland Record No. 13
Keith Miles. A Taste of Bakewell pudding. 4-11.
Author was running foreman at Rowsley shed near Bakewell.
Locomotive details. 12-15.
Built-up chimneys and locomotive headlamps, some of which had the locomotive number and driver's name painted on them.
Roy Williams. Tom King, a Midland driver. Part 3. 17-24.
Moved from Bournville to Walsall Pleck on 26 May 1922 where Rigby was the shedmaster. In 1925 the LMS closed Pleck shed and moved the locomotives and staff to several other sheds including the former LNWR shed at Ryecroft where he found that the discipline was more relaxed.
Midland Railway standard fog hut. 24-5.
Diagram and illustration: former dated July 1918, Derby.
Tony Overton. Hand shunting signals at Mantle Lane. 26-9.
Hand signals employed by shunters to communicate with each other. Mantle Lane signal box was in Coalville..
D303 12 ton wagon with hinged top plank Lot 595: Drawing No. 2157 dated 5th October 1904. 30-2.
By the way... 33-7.
Philip Atkins. Proposed
Midland eight-coupled engines. 38-43.
S.W. Johnson outside-cylinder 0-8-0 with Belpaire firebox drawn up between 1902 and 1903: notes the influence of John W. Smith, the Chief Draughtsman at Derby who was the eldest son of Walter M. Smith of Gateshead.
Bob Essery. Midland Railway loading and structure gauges. 46-57.
Pat Webb. Fitted coal train
The committee responsible consisted of R.F. Harvey, Chief Operating & Motive Power Officer; R.C. Bond, Chief Mechanical Engineer; A.E. Robson, Chief Carriage & Wagon Engineering Officer; T.M. Herbert, Director of Research; D. Murray, Chief Freight Officer and D.M. Dear, Assistant Director of Costings.The real organisers were Tom Baldwin, Head of Mechanical Engineering in the Research Department and J.W. Eling-Smith, Assistant Chief Draughtsman of the Carriage & Wagon Drawing Office at Derby. Between 1951 and 1955 the author was closely involved. He had an excellent relationship with his chief: J.W. Caldwell, Chief Locomotive Draughtsman. He also worked with Dennis Peacock, a "knowledgeable eccentric" who was normally in charge of the wind tunnel. The Carriage & Wagon chief functionary was Derrick Lampard. The District Motive Power Superintendent was D.D. Scott, whom Webb considered may have been from St. Rollox.
There were tests with both vacuum-brake and air-brakes. The motive power used was a mixture of standard locomotives, often used in pairs, and for the air-braked tests specially modified locomotives fitted with brake pumps (Britannia class and Standard Class 5, and initially L1 class locomotives borrowed from Stratford: the Toton drivers had a very low opinion of these locomotives, especially thir riding properties.
Midland Record No. 14
David Hunt. Superheater Class 2s in service. 4-9.
Eric Jarvis Story Part 5;
Walworth Road Coal Depot;
Tom King, a Midland Driver, Part 4 as related to Roy Williams.
Jack Braithwaite. The Butterflies: some notes on S.W. Johnson's original bogie single-wheeler and 4-4-0 designs for the GER. 45-
Diagram 351 8 ton high-sided wagon;
G.L. Warburton. An Introduction to Signalling, Part 2. 54-60.
Midland Railway station name boards;
Bob Essery. Sutton Bridge Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway.
Photographs from Phil Coutanche Collection.
No. 1757 Beatrice. 79-80.
Midland Record No. 15
Giles Brown. Engine for the 9.5 p.m. Carlisle;
Bob Essery. MR level crossing gates;
Bob Essery. Locomotive details. 43-6.
Cabs fitted to some locomotives, e.g. No. 1506, for working at Liverpool.
Tom King, a Midland driver Part 5;
Bob Essery. White sponge cloths;
Church Road; Mileage posts,
Gradient posts and cast iron notice plates;
Midland Record No. 16
Jack Braithwaite. The Johnson
bogie singles. 5-13.
With additional notes by Bob Essery
David Ibbotson and David Tee.
Bob Essery. Midland Railway lamps. 14-23.
Eric Jarvis Story Part 6;
John Hulme. Midland engines further information. 39-40.
Bob Essery. Freight through Birmingham Part 6 Camp Hill. 41-57.
David Hunt. Accident at Camp Hill. 58-61.
Peter Kay. Leigh Old Station. 63-71.
Leigh-on-Sea on Southend line.
Midland Railway 31ft 0in Parcels Vans D422;
Midland Record No. 17
R.J. Essery. Bedford Junction c1896;
Keith Miles. Tales of the London Road;
Midland Railway crane;
P.A. Larkam. Leeds 1909;
Eric Jarvis. Eric Jarvis story. Part 7;
Tom King Obituary;
A..E. Overton. Birmingham Central Goods Station;
Vic Phillips. Personal recollections of Birmingham Central;
Jack Braithwaite. Midland Railway 19th century train working. Part 1
Midland Record No. 18
Colin G. Maggs. Running the strike gauntlet: a night journey
from Bath to Edinburgh. 3-5.
The Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants called a national strike in August 1911 which was partly provoked by the violent verbal and jingoistic response of the Prime Minister, Herbert Henry Asquith. A.M.M. of the Bath Chronicle described a journey made over the Midland Railway from Bath to Carlisle without any major difficulty although he did witness the widespread use of police and armed soldiers to guard the railway.
Essery, Bob. Poplar Docks. 6-16.
Bob Essery. Midland and LMS fencing. 17-23.
David Hunt. The Kirtley '240' Class standard goods engines. 24-65.
Rather more than a history of a locomotive class as it begins by examining locomotive policy on the Midland Railway back to its inception in July 1844 and the development of the Robert Stephenson six-coupled Atlas delivered to the Leicester & Swannington Railway in February 1834.
Bob Essery. Birmingham Central Goods Station a postscript. 65.
31ft third class lavatory carriages. 66-7.
Bob Essery and Lane, Barry C. (drawings). Carriage cleaning.
David Hunt. Further information about Midland Engines Nos. 1,2,3 and 4. 73
Neil Burgess. Warmley. 74-7.
Jack Haddock. Ryecroft reflections. 78-80.
Signals at Kentish Town station; Detail Corner. R.E. Roberts. 80
Photograph taken on 29 July 1952 of MR splitting distant signals on up fast
Midland Record No. 19
No. 3795 at Cossington. H.E. Simmonds (phot.). 2-3.
Two page spread of 3F 0-6-0 No. 3795 on freight six miles north of Leicester c1939.
Bob Essery. The West Riding Lines of the Midland Railway. Part 1.
On 14 July 1896 the Chief Engineer, J. Allen McDonald presented a report on a proposal to construct a far more direct route to, and through, Bradford to make the Company more competitive for its traffic to the Yorkshire woolen district and for Anglo-Scottish traffic. The railway was intended to leave the main line near Royston (Yorks), pass to the west of Dewsbury, up the Spen Valley, through a long tunnel and over a viaduct in the centre of Bradford at Foster Square and through high level platforms at the passenger station. Parliamentary powers were obtained, but only the sections to Huddersfield and Dewsbury were constructed. As the author correctly states the scheme was too late to be implemented and railway access to Bradford remains hughly unsatisfactory.
Bob Essery. Midland Railway 0-6-0 express goods engines.
Nos. 2049, 2056 and 2110 fitted with H class boilers in 1904 (1906 in case of last) were rebuilt with 6ft coupled wheels in 1906: they were renumbered 3326, 3333 and 3387 in 1907. It is probable that they were intended to work fast meat trains between Alexandra Docks in Liverpool and St. Pancras
M.S. Cross. Midland Railway weighing machine. 32-3.
Two photographs and diagrams of weighing machine, built at Derby, and installed at Evesham as extant in 1963.
Midland Railway 2-4-0 No. 104 (photograph, c1900) from collection of Edward
John Price (Midland Record readers' collections). 34.
Location not known: two enthusiasts standing on front of locomotive.
Stan Roberts. 'The History of a Great Enterprise'. 35-7.
The History of a Great Enterprise was a brochure produced by the Midland Railway in 1914 to promote the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool. The hotel was owned by the Midland Railway and had been reconstructed in 1914: it still survives and featured in a BBC docu-soap in which KPJ may be detected.
David Hunt. Further information
on Midland engines. 38-42.
See Midland Engines No. 4: mainly minor correctiosn and photographs.
Bob Essery. Evesham station building. 43-51.
Based on notes and photographs from Alan Bowering and drawings by B.C. Lane.
Jack Braithwaite. Locomotive beauty: a personal viewpoint. 52-9.
A further appreciation of the aesthetics of the locomotives constructed under Samuel Johnson and the influence of Charles Beyer: "In my view, Charles Beyer was the great engine artist and it is very regrettable that he is never given much prominence today except for the writings of M. Rutherford and C.P. Atkins". Critical of failure of Simmons and Biddle to include Beyer in Oxford Companion..States how he and Hubert Michell Ware (1907-2003) used to gaze at preserved 4-2-2 No. 673 at NRM. Ware had started his railway career at Derby in 1924. An illustration of 7ft 4-4-0 No. 2592 (T or 6 Class) is accompanied by statement that William Briggs Thompson had written in 1939 that was "most beautiful steam locomotive ever seen by him". This was assisted by drumhead smokebox being lagged and sharing the same diamtere as the boiler and its round-top firebox. David Holme Morton had written in Engineering (26 November 1898) that "British steam locomotive is one of the greatest triumphs of the arts" when praising the appearance of No. 2591 on display at the Glasgow Exhibition. Braithwaite compared Hogarth's Line of Beauty as expressed in a shallow S shape curve.
Peter Smith. The New Docks branch, Gloucester. 60-73.
Bob Essery. Single rail scotch;
Newby Moor Crossing Signal Box
Midland Record No. 18. Steve Duckworth. 77-8.
See feature on Poplar Docks. Mainly concerned with evidence for use of hydraulic power. Cites Edwin Course's London railways then and now (Batsford, 1987) which shows MR hydralic power staion in angle between MR and London & Blackwall lines. There is evidence for hydraulic capstans. They were probably suppled by Tannett Walker. Suggests that ingots being loaded into barges were of lead.
Midland Record No. 18. John Edgington. 78.
. Midland Record No. 18. Barry C. Lane. 78-9
Midland Record No. 18. John Brown. 79.
Midland Record No. 18. Steve Sykes.
Midland Record No. 18. Michael Nicholson.
Midland Record No. 18. Chris Crofts. 79-80.
Midland Record No. 18. John Parker. 80
Dog kennel-like boxes probably covers for valves lleading to water tanks.
Midland Record No. 20
Bob Essery. Didsbury goods shed. 4-10.
Atkins, Philip. Richard Mountford Deeley: author
and polymath. 11-12.
Concentrates entirely on his non-railway activities: tribology, gweneology, climatology and genealogy, of which only the first related to railway engineering.
Bob Essery. Toton Old Bank. 13.
Bob Essery. West Riding lines of the Midland Railway. Part 2.
Includes picture of Crigglestone Viaduct under construction.
By the Way [correspondence]. 22-3.
Keith Legg. Midland Railway lamps. 24-6.
Drawings by R. Smith and M.S. Cross.Lamp-posts and lanterns for either gas od oil illumination on platforms, etc.
David Hunt. The Kirtley '480' Class standard goods engines. 27-61.
Tony Overton. Signalling at Nottingham. 62-4.
Bob Essery. Radstock engine shed coaling crane. 64-6.
Drawing by P.S. Duckworth.
Kentish Town visit. 67
Visit by Railway Club on 16 April 1904.
Keith Turton. Freight through Birmingham. Part 7. Coal traffic
to Birmingham Gas Works. 68-80.
Birmingham and Staffordshire Gas Light Company and Birminham Gas Light and Coke Company and later the City of Birmingham Corporation obtained their coal supplies from a wide number of sources. The local coal was unsuitable for the production of town gas and most had to be obtained from Derbyshire and South Yorkshire, although some was obtained from North Staffordshire and from North Wales, near Wrexham
Midland Record No. 21
The Locomotive Superintendent: his training and duties;
Fred James and Bob Essery. The Midland Railway `A' Class 0-6-0 Tank Engines;
Midland Railway Town Offices;
Bob Essery. Water cranes, columns and painting styles;
Bob Essery. MR headlamps, discs and destination boards. 39.
Jack Braithwaite. Midland Railway 19th Century train working Part 2;
Bob Essery. MR Freight Traffic;
Bob Essery. Toton marshalling yards;
Bob Essery. Readers' Collections; gates;
The Midland Railway Study Centre;
Bob Essery. MR tender weatherboards and storm sheets;
Armley Station Signal Box; Up and Down Lines;
David Hunt. Locomotive builders to the Midland Railway. 111-26.
An important source, as all manufacturers are listed and information is given about them (Radford largeley excluded non-Deerby products): the companies concerned were: Benjamin Hick, Kitson, Rothwell, R.B. Longridge, E.B. Wilson, Sharp Stewart, R.&W. Hawthorn, Robert Stephenson, Beyer Paecock, Manning Wardle, Neilson, Yorkshire Engine Co., John Fowler, Baldwin, Schenectady and Armstrong Whitworth. Hunt did not cite his sources, however.
Harpenden 1906 Station Nameboards
Midland Record No. 22
Jack Braithwaite. S.W. Johnson's 'Decorated' Steam Locomotives ;
Midland Territory - Welsh Harp ;
A.E. Overton and Bob Essery. Whitwell Station ;
Bob Essery. Midland Railway locomotive reversing levers. 34-9.
David Hunt. The Stephenson '130' class. 42-50.
Illustrations from William Johnson's Imperial Cyclopaedia of Machinery (1852): these were steel engravings which included plan, sections and side elevation. Notes the influence of Edward Snowball, Chief Locomotive Draughtsman at R. Stephenson. .
Jim Jackson. The Johnson 4-2-2 Singles on the Nottingham to Lincoln Line ;
Jamie Guest. The Bradford Through Lines or what might have been ;
Tony Overton. Midland Railway signalling at the Grouping ;
D326 8-Ton Deep Case Wagon ;
Bob Essery. Midland Railway lineside: carriage, horse and cattle docks ;
Bob Essery. Midland Railway tender weatherboards and storm sheets Part 2
Midland Record No. 23
Jack Braithwaite. Some Midland Railway locomotive shed allocations and duties c. 18671904, Part 1.
R.S. Carpenter. The Longbridge and Halesowen Joint Line.
Bob Essery. Midland railway carriages: D530 passenger brake vans.
Bob Essery. Bradford, Midland Station.
John Simpson. Prayer services at Derby Locomotive Works.
Edwardian Elegance an H boilered 440 ;
Bob Essery. Locomotive & tender couplings ;
Midland Record No. 24 (2007)
Distant signal near Crofton. front cover
A.E. Overton, Midland Railway signal design during the 1880s.
Development of slotted-post signals, structures, weight bars, lamps, lighting and painting.
David Hunt. Further information on Midland engines. 24.
Bob Essery. Barnsley Court House Station. 25-7.
By the way... [letters]. 28-9.
Bob Essery. An early Midland Railway low goods wagon. 29-33.
Drawing of a three-plank dropside wagon: 15ft by 7ft 5in overall width dated 7 Juanuary 1874.
Stuart Morris. "These are the Trains, Running on the New Line Behind
Passenger train services on the Midland's West Riding line, prior to the Grouping of 1923 via the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway's Bradford Exchange and Thornhill.
Braithwaite, Jack. A Midland miscellany. 40-52.
Peter J. Wilde. The Midland railway's early access to London. 53-7.
Midland territory. [Yate]. 58-9.
Station c1880 wiyj newly painted (Chocolate & cream) footbridge, telegraph pole and two horseboxes; also porters' uniforms
Roger Carpenter and addtional notes. The Longbridge and Halesowen Joint Line. 60-80.
Chinley platform staff June 1906. 81.
Sheffield Queen's Road Goods Station. 82-5.
Bob Essery. MR lineside: cast-iron plates for bridges and culverts, etc. 86-91
Philip Atkins. Some notes
on the larger-boliered S&D 280 locomotives. 92-96.
Includes side elevation diagram, and photograph of ex No. 96 as LMS No. 9676.
Wagon plate for privately-owned 10-ton wagon, 1908. re3ar cover
Midland Record No. 25 (2007)
David Hunt. The Johnson bogie singles.
Bob Essery. Midland Railway wagon lettering.
Bob Essery. Midland Territory - Bromham Viaduct.
Bob Essery. Ambergate Station.
Bob Essery. Austin Motor Works, Longbridge. 65-7.
Austin, a Davenport 0-6-0T, had a livery of green with yellow lining, and ventured onto British Railway tracks (as photographed by P.B. Whitehouse). Other locomotives illustrated: Vulcan (a Bagnall outside cylinder 0-6-0ST of 1950 as photographed by T.J. Edgington)); Austin II (Hunslet 0-6-0ST of 1936). Two others mentioned: Abernant (Manning Wardle 0-6-0T of 1921) and Austin I (Kitson 0-6-0T of 1932)
Midland territory: Hucknall in Nottinghamshire. 68
Station on 3 April 1922.
Graham Warburton. The
J. S. Moore affair. 69-79.
James Samuel Moore was born 6 March 1863 in Derby. Joined Midland Railway in 1877 working in the office of the Chief Accountant. He worked for Saxby & Farmer and then for the Railway Signal Company, but joined the London Tilbury & Southend Railway during its final period, before being absorbed by the Midland Railway in 1912. He retired on 5 September 1925 and died in 1950. Includes abstracts of his patents.
Jim Jackson. Thurgarton Station.
Bob Essery. Station clocks, ;
Bob Essery. Belper Station, .
Midland Record 26 (2007)
Bob Essery. Freight through Birmingham Part 8 (Washwood Heath Sidings)
Bob Essery. Midland Railway water troughs.
Bob Essery. 20ft Open Carriage Trucks Diagram 409, ;
Bob Essery. Further information on MR headlamps, discs and destination boards.
Ashchurch Station (Photographic Feature) ;
David Hunt and Bob Essery. The opening of the Nottingham - Lincoln Line.
Midland Railway Locomotive Department Memoranda (Factual reports from the
1910's covering aspects of MR locomotives performance). 84-96.
Transcripts of documents:
Comparison of mileages run by compound and Belpaire engines.
Comment was minimal but the Belpaire engines (Nos. 770-4) were better than the compounds in terms of times between shopping.
Comparison of mileages run by 0-6-4 and 0-4-4 type bogie tank engines (dated 23 May 1910).
The 0-6-4Ts ran 17,000 miles between shopping, whereas the 0-4-4Ts achieved 22,000 miles.
Loading and timing of goods trains comparison 1 April 1913
J.E. Anderson: mainly 0-6-0 type: very brief.
London coal traffic. (dated 8 June 1914)
Consideration of Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway 2-8-0, but rejected due to outstanding need for bridge strengthening.
Saturated versus superheated locomotive performance 12th January 1914 and 26th October 1916.
Both tests showed advantage of superheating
Midland Record No. 27 (published June, 2008.)
Derby Works Official Photographs (from the collection of the late David Tee).
Interiors of Erecting Shop (late 1880s); Paint Shop (c1890) and No. 3 Bay (1895)
David Hunt. The '1528' Class 040
shunting tanks. 8-52. (includes folding diagrams)
Detailed review of Deeley designed shunting engines introduced in 1907 and which lasted into the 1960s. Profusely illustrated with official drawings and photographs from MR, LMS and BR days.
Graham Warburton. Steel rails. 53-5.
Falling weight impact test: testing machine at Derby.
Bob Essery. Working the Stonehouse to Nailsworth and Stroud Branch
Illustrated history of the Nailsworth and Stroud branches concentrating on the working of the lines covering the period from their openings in 1867 and 1885 respectively to their closure to passengers in 1947 and complete closure in 1966.
Giles Brown. Some additional notes regarding reader's collections.
By The Way
Midland Record No. 28
J. Guest with contributions from A. Earnshaw. The Midland
Railway Huddersfield Extension.
The illustrated story of the Midland Railway's long battle to reach the textile manufacturing town of Huddersfield.
Bob Essery. Locomotive Headlamp Codes.
The 1903 changes of lamp position.
Jim Jackson. Early signal boxes and other structures between Newark
A pictorial feature highlighting some of the infrastructure and personalities on the Neward to Lincoln line.
Bob Essery. Working the Stonehouse to Nailsworth and Stroud Branch
Lines Part 2 .
Bob's second article covering the operation of the Stroud branch opened to goods in 1885 and closed in 1966.
S. Duckworth. The Midland Goods Shed at King's Cross.
Some observations following Peter Wilde's article about the Midland Railway's early access to London in Midland Record #24 and Andrew Surry's subsequent rejoinder in the correspondence in issue #25.
Peter Wilde. A Tilbury interlude.
An illustrated article about early goods trains on the Thames Haven Branch of the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway featured in the Working Time Tables of June 1884.
Bob Essery. Covered milk truck diagram D1272.
An illustrated article shedding further light on the somewhat confusing story of Milk and Fish Trucks built by the Midland Railway.
Tony Overton. Midland Railway signalling
A detailed account covering the mechanical indicators employed by the Midland Railway, explaining their types and uses profusely illustrated with photographs, drawings and signal box diagrams.
Midland Record No. 29 (published September 2009)
Giles Brown. Coal for London's West End
A. E. Overton. Moseley,
Keith Miles. Darley Dale.
Keith Miles. Rowsley's water column.
Midland Railway Coal Pick (drawing) ;
Bob Essery. The Midland Railway in South Wales.
Jamie Guest, Huddersfield Branch postscript,
By the Way ;
Book Review - The Rise and Fall of the Severn Bridge Railway 1872-1970.
Midland Record No. 30 (2009)
Bob Essery. The Midland Railway in Bristol
R.M. Deeley. The economical driving and firing of the locomotive engine. 31-5.
Bob Essery. Stourton Midland Engine Shed
A.E.Overton. Leicester Passenger Station West Box by
Bob Essery. The Bootle Branch
Bob Essery. Harringworth Viaduct and the Kettering & Manton Branch
By The Way
Derek Ashworth. Who wants Gowhole?
Bob Essery. Brighton Road.
Midland Record No. 31 (published 2010)
John Horne. The Midland's Bootle Branch
Midland Territory - Bridge at Low Bentham
Neil Burgess. Waiting for a train: Fish Ponds 1910-1966
Goods Shed and Office (Drawings)
Keith Miles. Gowhole were a cold shop, Gowhole were!
Passenger engine at Cornbrook
Bob Essery. Highbridge Wharf
Midland Territory - Basford
By The Way
Miles, Keith. Gowhole were a cold shop, Gowhole were! 44-54.
Midland Record No. 32 (published 2010)
2P 4-4-0 No. 564 departing York for Manchester express consisting of nine coaches in 1932. 1
Ken Kirk. Henry Kirk goods guard, LMS. 2-15.
By the way. 16
Midland Record No. 27. Reg Davies.
Re Giles Brown on Midland Railway coal depots at West Kensington and Kensington High Street. Writer visited the sites, that at West Kensington had become the West Kensington Estate with the street and block names reflecting former railway associations, as in Garsdale Terrace, Stanier Close and Ivatt Place. The span of a bridge in North End Road remained. Litttle remains at Kensington High Street.
David Hunt. The Kirtley era 2-4-0s. 17-39.
Bob Essery. Pye Bridge and Beeston. 41
Jim Jackson. The Swinderby accident of 6th June 1928
with a short note concerning 0-6-4 tank engines. 51-69.
Notes that GWR withdrew Barry Railway 0-6-4Ts in September/October 1926. Includes substantial parts of Pringle Accident Report.
St.Albans Signal Box. 70
John C.Hughes. The Bootle Branch . 71
David Hunt. Fin de Siècle elegance. 79
W. Lewis-Meredith. The Midland Railway Company's system of maintaining the permanent way and works. 83
C.J. Perkins. Frank Henshall Stalvies, 1846-1911. 95-6.
Born 7 January 1846 in Derby. Father was John Henshall Stalvies (1809-1883).
Midland Record No. 33
David Hunt. The Kirtley era 2-4-0s. Part 2. 3-34
Bob Essery. Midland territory Grimethorpe. 35
Bob Essery. D334 long rail wagon. 39
Bob Essery. The Midland Railway in South Wales Part 2. 43
Tony Overton. Mantle Lane, Coalville, Bridge No. 44a. 46
Keith Miles. S&D 2-8-0s from the footplate. 69
By The Way. 80
Bob Essery. Alfreton & South Normanton. notes. 81
Jim Jackson. Swinderby Station and area. 85
Midland Record No. 34
David Pearson. Locomotives of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway 1866 to 1961. 3-
Keith Miles. St.Pancras Sidings. 22
Giles Brown. Leicester (London Road) Station. 29
Bob Essery. Midland sales practice. 52
David Hunt. The Kirtley era 2-4-0s Part 3. 55
Midland Record No. 35
Keith Miles. The Devonian. 3
Bob Essery. Midland Railway 0-4-4 tank engines. 11-
Nigel Digby. The Midland Railway carriages of the Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway 1893-1920. 23
By The Way. 33
Tony Overton. Waste not, want not the Dore & Totley footbridge. 34-
Brian Hayes. Selly Oak some personal recollections. 39
Giles Brown. Leicester (London Road) Station. Part 2. 50
Phil Tattershall and David Pearson. Motor trains and the Worth Valley Railway. 73
Supplements including Midland engines
David Hunt. American
locomotives of the Midland Railway. Didcot: Wild Swan, 1997. (Special
Issue of Midland Record)
Chapter 1 (pp. 3-14) covers the Norris locomotives including the British "copies" manufactured by Nasmyth and Hick The remainder (pp. 15-52) covers the Moguls.
Midland Record Supplement No.2 Midland Railway Wagons : 48 pages
Midland Engines No. 1
'1833' and '2228' class bogie passenger tanks (Order No. 1602 and classes K, P, K2 and P2) - post 1907 Nos. 1351 to 1430. Fred James, David Hunt and Bob Essery, 52pp.
Extremely detailed: general arangement drawings, notes (especally on painting) and photographic illustrations of the record type. Five references. Actually seen..
Midland Engines No.2 The class 3 Belpaire goods engines :: 64 pages
Midland Engines No.3 The class 2 superheated 4-4-0s (483 class rebuild): 56 pages
Midland Engines No.4 The `700 class
double-frame goods engines. [The Kirtley 0-6-0 Goods Engine of the 700
Class] 102 pages.
Title shown in brackets is that provided by Midland Railway Society Further indormation in Midland Record No. 19 pages 38-42.
Midland Engines No.5 The Johnson 2441 class goods tank engines (post-1907 1900 class or classes S, U and U 2). 78 pages
Note the titles for Midland Engines follow those use in BLPC rather than as supplied by commercial publisher. The Editor considers that this series is closed.