Journal 42 — Winter 2009
Table of Contents
- The Skipton Cattle Trade / By John Slack
- Goods Train at Dentonholme / By Ian Howard
- Locomotive Aesthetics / By Jack Braithwaite
- Derby Station Signals / By David Harris & Tony Overton
- Wellingborough [photograph & caption]
- Items from the Study Centre — 5 : Midland Railway Bi-Lingual Trespass Sign / By Roy Burrows
- Opening of Rowsley Station [from the Derby and Chesterfield Reporter, June 1849.]
- The Derailment at Dore & Totley as an Example of Midland Railway Operating Practice / By Janet Cutler
- Query Corner
- Comments on Items in Previous Journals
- Barrows, Hand Carts, etc.
For our front cover, I have chosen this photograph from the Alsop Collection at the Midland Railway Study Centre for three main reasons. Firstly, it shows one of the cross-overs at Derby that were protected by the signals discussed by Dave Harris in the article by him and Tony Overton. Secondly, Platform 1 is full of rich contemporary detail, and is worthy of study just for that. Finally, it is a somewhat earlier photograph of the same location that was seen in the centre spread of Issue 41, but it is looking northwards rather than south, and thereby is a useful complement to Laurence Knighton’s photograph in that centre spread.
[Roy F. Burrows Midland Collection Trust, No. 67510: John Alsop collection]
This notice was sent out from the office of the Superintendent of the line in 1892, following an agreement between all the railway companies in Great Britain and Ireland to withdraw all free passes to drovers and other railway passengers who had, on account of their business, to travel with animals transported by the railway. It seems that the Midland was one of the companies most supportive of this practice, no doubt to capture some of the trade from the north that would have otherwise gone to the LNWR or, perhaps, to the east coast companies. The topic is discussed as part of John Slack’s article on the Skipton Cattle Trade.
[Roy F. Burrows Midland Collection Trust No. 05433: John Alsop collection]