Journal 36 — Winter 2007

Table of Contents

  • Platform Signals at Whatstandwell / By David Harris
  • Early Accidents on the Midland Railway: 1849 (The 3rd Four Months) / By Chris Rouse
  • Derby Churches with Midland Railway Connections / By Howard Sprenger
  • Locomotive Aesthetics / By Jack Braithwaite
  • Legal Dispute at Sheffield / By Andrew Surry
  • Mr Beale and Sanderson's Weir / By Ian Howard
  • Query Corner
    • Query 53: Halesowen Junction / By Ian Howard & Peter Witts
    • Query 57: Sheffield station pilot / By Peter Witts
    • Query 58: Langley Mill swells / By Andrew Surry & Peter Witts
    • Query 59: staff photograph: Nottingham area / By Jim Perkins
    • Query 60: proud gardener of Staple Hill / By Roy Borrows & Peter Witts
    • New Query 61: Kirtley locomotives sold to Italy
    • New Query 62: Where is this location?
  • Comments on Items in Previous Journals
    • MR Single on the Chinley turntable [No.35, Cover Photograph] / By Steve Duckworth & Peter Witts
    • Fowler 2–6–4 tank engines at St. Albans [No.35, pp.1-5] / By Nigel Lester
  • Front cover

    Front cover

    This view of the east end of Skipton station some time around 1900 contains a wealth of fascinating detail. The wires controlling the ground signals are rather slack. Also, the nearest track still has inside keys. On the left, one can see the parapet of the bridge over Eller Beck. Further to the left, and out of view in this image, are the platforms for the Skipton and Ilkley line, which crossed Eller Beck by its own separate bridge. It is not possible to see the number or other details of the engine and train standing at the far platform, although, if one knew the date more precisely, it might be possible to be more specific.

    [Ian Howard collection]

  • Rear cover

    Rear cover

    This brochure was provided by the Midland Railway to American visitors to the UK who landed off one of the transatlantic liners that docked at Liverpool in the early decades of the 20th century. Although undated, it contains a page of MR statistics that relate to 1921. So, it was produced in that year. I do not know how they were actually issued to potential American passengers. Did a Midland agent go on board as the liner docked to hand the brochures out; or was he waiting to present them to passengers as they dis-embarked? Perhaps they were simply available at the Midland’s Adelphi Hotel, by far the best and most modern in Liverpool at the time. I would appreciate any information on this that readers can provide.

    [Ian Howard collection]