MR 1000

Resource Type: Image | Posted on 21st November 2011 by Liam Physick

This photograph is of Midland Railway No. 1000, a member of that railway’s 1000 Class. The Midland Railway was established in 1844 following the merger of the Midland Counties Railway, the North Midland Railway, and the Birmingham and Derby Junction Railway. It initially connected Leeds station with London St. Pancras via the East Midlands, and was later extended to connect the East Midlands with Birmingham, Bristol, York and Manchester. In 1923, it was merged into the London, Midland and Scottish Railway. The MR’s 1000 Class, 4-4-0 passenger locomotives, originated from five engines, Nos. 2631-2635, built at the MR’s Derby Works and introduced in 1902 by Samuel Waite Johnson: from 1905, Johnson’s successor Richard Deeley built an enlarged and simplified version. This new class consisted initially of 30 locomotives numbered 1000-1029, hence the name of the Class, but in 1907 the MR renumbered the five Johnson locomotives 1000-1004 and the Deeley compounds 1005-1034: in 1908-9, 10 more Deeley engines, Nos. 1035-1045, were built and in 1914 Nos. 1000-1004 were rebuilt to Deeley’s design. The 45 1000 Class locomotives retained their numbers on the LMS, where they were pivotal to its operation: they initially were reserved for pulling its express services, but in the 1930s began to be used for all forms of passenger train. They were renumbered 41000-41044 by British Railways. The Class was ultimately withdrawn from service, but No. 1000, withdrawn in 1951, was preserved and at Derby Works in 1959 restored to close to its 1914 condition in the maroon livery of the Midland Railway. It hauled special trains of railway enthusiasts until it was placed in the temporary Clapham Transport Museum. It has been steamed since then, including at the Grand Cavalcade and at the Rail 150 celebrations, but is currently on static display at the Scottish Railway Preservation Society in Bo’ness, on a three-year loan from the National Railway Museum

MR 1000

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