Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway & Its Locomotives LNER
The Vale of Rheidol Railway

Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway & Its Locomotives LNER

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Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway & Its Locomotives LNER


The Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway came into being in 1893, when the Eastern & Midlands Railway, having over extended itself financially, was jointly taken over by the Midland and Great Northern railways. The E&MR main line linked the Midlands and the North of England with the popular Norfolk coast resorts and its acquisition enabled these two railways to reach deep in to the heart of Great Eastern Railway territory. Following the joint takeover, the Midland assumed responsibility for the motive power whilst the GN looked after the signalling and permanent way. The line was run by a Joint Committee, the representatives of the MR and GNR giving way to those of the LM&SR and L&NER after the 1923 Grouping. It was only when the line was ceded to the L&NER in 1936, however, that it began to lose its independent identity, with the locomotive department seeing the M&GN and ex-Midland types replaced by those of the L&NER and constituents. The locomotive history of the Midland Railway has been extensively covered by the author, in conjunction with the late David Jenkinson, in a four volume series published in the 1980s. At that time, it was intended to carry on and cover the locomotive histories of the London, Tilbury & Southend Railway, which came in to Midland hands in 1912, and of the two Joint lines which came under Midland control, the M&GN and the Somerset & Dorset Railway. The former came out in 2000 but the latter two lines still remained to be covered. This detailed profusely illustrated history of the Midland & Great Northern Railway, and in particular its motive power right from the very early days of the companies which grew to form it, therefore fills another important gap in the locomotive history of the Midland Railway. The text includes much new information which has come to light in the last twenty years, adding to the research previously carried out in the 1980s, whilst much of the illustrative content, including numerous detailed plans and a plethora of historic original photographs, has not previously been published. The majority of the M&GN system was closed in 1959 and, today, the only surviving section is that operated as a preserved line by the North Norfolk Railway, who do much to keep the memory of the old company alive. This volume is therefore a timely addition to the history of this most distinctive of railway’s, which will be appreciated by enthusiasts, modellers and railway historians alike. 192 pages hardback.


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Item location: Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, United Kingdom

About Us

The Vale of Rheidol Railway (WelshRheilffordd Cwm Rheidol) is a 1ft 11 3/4 inches (603 mmnarrow gauge heritage railway that runs for 11 3?4 miles (18.9 km) between Aberystwyth and Devil's Bridge in the county of Ceredigion, Wales.

privatisation, it was the sole steam-operated line on the nationalised British Rail network, steam traction having ceased in 1968 on all other parts of the system. Unlike some other preserved railways in the United Kingdom, the Vale of Rheidol Railway has never closed, with the exception of wartime and has operated a service for tourists through its life. The railway celebrated its centenary in 2002. 

The Railway is a charity, meaning the income it generates goes back into the railway, to aid in restoration and running of the steam locomotives. Buying through our online giftshop enables you to get the product you want but also donate to the railway and keep it alive.

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Geraint Roberts
Vale of Rheidol Trading Ltd
Park Avenue
SY23 1PG
United Kingdom
Phone:01970 625819
Company registration number: 9146470
VAT number: GB 489240712


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