Transfer Group : Railway Company Items
MIDLAND RAILWAY LOCOMOTIVES
Pre-1905: Loco numbers in cut out brass figures (represented by plain gold) with flat top 3 until 1897, in the middle of tank sides or, on tender engines, on boiler sides until mid 1870's (always on some 2-4-0's) then on cabs or trailing splashers. Block MR on both buffer beam from 1876, but on tender or bunker back from, 1898. Serif MR on tank or tender sides from 1892. Coat of arms (above numbers on sheet) on leading splashers of single framed 2-4-0 and 4-4-0 and on 4-2-2 passenger locos.
1905-22: From mid 1905 black shaded 14" nos used on Kirtley and small Johnson tenders and tanks OF 4-4-2T or smaller types. Other locos used the large 18" nos. Later coat of arms (above 14" nos. on sheet) from late 1906 on cabs of some tank locos and all tender locos except Kirtley goods and 800 class 2-4-0. MR now on front only, except (post 1912) on ex-LTSR locos. Small brass power class nos 1-4 in middle of upper cabsides of tender engines.
MIDLAND RAILWAY COACHES.
Pre-1906: 1874-85, letters MR in upper panels, then symmetrically in waist with number near each end (but style varies). FIRST, THIRD, PASSENGERS LUGGAGE (later just LUGGAGE) in door waist panels, all in small size to left of nos at top of sheet. Square panelled coaches 1897-1906 used the larger 3" lettering with MIDLAND in waist and nos. in upper panels.
1906-22: Class figures 1 or 3 in door bottom panels. Bogie coaches had serif MIDLAND on black panel, top of coach side; others usually kept MR or MIDLAND in waist as before. General: Coat of arms (diamond shape) usually twice per side, normally only on firsts or compos, until 1906 only. Horse boxes and later 6-wheel vans used larger 4" letters and nos. Large FIRST and THIRD CLASS for MSWJS diners. All coaches used 2???" nos. Small 2" nos. on stores, meat milk etc., vans.
SOMERSET & DORSET JOINT RAILWAY
Wide spaced SDJR on tender or tank sides. Pass. locos had coat of arms between lettering (tanks) or on leading splasher (tender). Close spaced SDJR on buffer beams, block at first, serif later. MR style brass nos. on many locos. Letters S&DJR near each end of coach waist panels with numbers either side of centre. Use small MR FIRST and THIRD. Coat of arms in lower panels, twice on bogie stock, usually once on 4 or 6 wheelers.
MIDLAND & GREAT NORTHERN
Most locos lettered M&GN (wide spaced) on tender or tank sides. No. to left and figs to right on front buffer beam. Passenger & some goods locos had coat of arms, on tender engine splashers or between letters on tanks. Several coach styles used: JT M&GN with block style FIRST etc., in waist panels: MIDLAND & GT.NORTHERN in waist panel with number either side and block style 1 or 3 in door bottom panels; serif style M&GN (close spaced) to left with matching serif nos. to right in waist and serif 1 or 3 in door bottom panels. Coat of arm in bottom panels of many coaches.
LONDON TILBURY & SOUTHEND RAILWAY
Except for a year or so before the MR takeover in 1912, buffer beams had No. to left and figures to right in gold/black. coat of arms in centre of tank sides below name (space does not allow inclusion of names on sheet). Usual coach lettering (in waist panel) was LT&SR at each end, No.3 5 etc, at or near middle and class lettering on door with coat of arms twice each side in bottom panel. Coat of arms also used on horseboxes, milk vans etc.
Photographs should be consulted wherever possible. Further information on many items included in this sheet will be found in "Midland Style" (G. Dow and the late R.E. Lacy, published by Historical Model Railway Society).