|R331||125 Years of the Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway||£10.95||Buy Now|
Issue Date: 01/07/2018
Issue Name: 125th Anniversary of the Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway
Producer: Buckingham Covers
This great cover celebrates the amalgamation of the Midland and Great Northern lines in 1893. It has an image of an A Class 4-4-2 Tank Engine No.9 and passenger train, taken in 1923, and the stamp features a loco that used to run the route, along with a 1st July 2018 Sherringham postmark (which is where part of the line is preserved).
The Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway
On 9th June 1893 an arrangement was passed in Parliament which meant that the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway would amalgamate into one company. The two companies, Midland Railway and Great Northern Railway, had been working together previously, but joined together it made this rail network the longest joint railway (by mileage, exceeding 180 miles) in the United Kingdom. Properties were acquired from previously dissolved railways such as the Yarmouth & Norfolk (Light) railway on 1 July 1893 with the Midland and Great Northern railway companies (Eastern and Midland Railway) Act 1893. The railway served the four principal towns and cities of Peterborough, Norwich, Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn. Since then the railway has passed to different companies; the Midland railway became under the direction of The London, Midland & Scottish Railway Company after 1 January 1923 and the Great Northern railway was involved with the London & North Eastern Railway Company. The LMS and LNER both managed the line after 1923 with all operations then taken on by the LNER in 1936. 1947 saw the railway pass to the British Transport Commission.
The Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway formed the basis of much of the travel to and from the Midlands with the transport of goods forming a large part of the service; bringing coal inwards and fruit, vegetables and fish outwards. Most of the locomotives that travelled on the line were steam powered but a few diesel multiple unit services and diesel engines were running on the line in the final few years.
The Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway closed in 1959, railway museums and heritage railways have carefully preserved part of the line in Sheringham. Many of the original routes have now disappeared though a few of the signal boxes are said to still be at various locations.
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