© Don Marshall 2015
I have to admit that the Midland is probably my favourite Pre Group railway. The sheer elegance of many of the locomotive designs, particularly those of S W Johnson fill me with admiration. Which is why my first 3D model is a Johnson Single. Formed in 1844 from the usual amalgamation of minor railways the Midland expanded to become a leading operator vying with LNWR for the premier service. It served areas up the west coast of UK from London to Scotland ( with running power agreements with other railways). It formed joint railways and crept into East Anglia (M&GNR) and down to the South coast (S&DJR). Early locomotives were painted a dark green but this changed to the "famous" Midland Red around 1883 (exact date iffy). Coaching stock was the same colour.