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Midland Railway

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The Midland Railway (MR) was a railway company in the United Kingdom which existed from 1844 to 1922. It was formed in 1844 by the merger of the Midland Counties Railway, the North Midland Railway, and the Birmingham and Derby Junction Railway.

The Midland owned a large network of railway lines centred on the East Midlands, and its head offices were in Derby. The MR's main line known unsurprisingly as the Midland Main Line connected London St Pancras station to the East Midlands and to Sheffield Midland station. The company also owned a main line connecting the East Midlands to Birmingham and Bristol and a main line connecting Derby to Manchester. In the 1870s a dispute with the London and North Western Railway over access rights to the LNWR line to Scotland caused the MR to construct the Settle and Carlisle (S&C) line, the highest main line in England, in order to secure the company's access to Scotland; ironically the dispute with the LNWR was settled before the S&C was built, but Parliament refused to allow the MR to withdraw from the project. They also owned a number of less important lines.

The Midland pioneered the use gas lighting of trains in Britain, put third-class carriages on all its trains in 1872, and abolished second-class in 1875 (giving 3rd class passengers the level of comfort formerly afforded to 2nd class passengers -- elsewhere some 3rd class passengers travelled in open wagons) and introduced the first British Pullman supplementary-fare cars. The non-contiguous numbering of classes, with 1st and 3rd class only, continued until 1956, when 3rd class was renamed 2nd.

The company was "Grouped" into the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) on January 1, 1923 and was the most influencial of the pre-grouping companies that formed the LMS.

See also locomotives of the Midland Railway.

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Major constituent railway companies of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway:

Caledonian | Furness | Lancashire & Yorkshire | Glasgow & South Western | London and North Western | Midland | North Staffordshire |

(Full list of constituents)

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