Midland Railway 1000 Class

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Midland Railway 1000 Class
1025 in photographic grey livery
Type and origin
Power typeSteam
DesignerSamuel Waite Johnson: renewed as superheated Deeley compound by Henry Fowler
BuilderDerby Works
Build date1902–1909
Total produced45
Rebuild date1913–1928
 • Whyte4-4-0
 • UIC2′B h3v
Gauge4 ft 8+12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Leading dia.3 ft 6+12 in (1.080 m)
Driver dia.7 ft 0 in (2.134 m)
Fuel typeCoal
Water cap.3,500 imp gal (16,000 L; 4,200 US gal)
Boiler2631–2635 and 1000–1004: G8½
Remainder: G9
All rebuilt with G9AS
Boiler pressure220 psi (1.52 MPa)
CylindersThree, one inside high-pressure, two outside low-pressure
High-pressure cylinder19 in × 26 in (483 mm × 660 mm)
Low-pressure cylinder21 in × 26 in (533 mm × 660 mm)
Valve gearStephenson
Valve typeHP: piston valve,
LP: slide valves
Performance figures
Tractive effort21,840 lbf (97.1 kN)
Power class4P
LocaleLondon Midland Region
DispositionOne preserved, remainder scrapped

The Midland Railway 1000 Class is a class of 4-4-0 steam locomotive designed for passenger work. They were known to reach speeds of up to 85 mph (137 km/h).[1]


No 1042 (Deeley-built) with a Bradford to London express, between 1908–1910

These were developed from a series of five locomotives (2631–2635) introduced in 1902 by Samuel Waite Johnson, which had a 3-cylinder compound arrangement on the Smith system, with one high-pressure cylinder inside the frames and two low-pressure cylinders outside, and used Smith's starting arrangement. On the first two locomotives independent control of high-pressure and low-pressure valve gears was available. From 1905 onwards, Johnson's successor Richard Deeley built an enlarged and simplified version, eliminating all the Smith refinements and fitting his own starting arrangement, making the engines simpler to drive. These locomotives were originally numbered 1000–1029, but in the 1907 renumbering scheme the five Smith/Johnson locomotives became 1000–1004 and the Deeley compounds 1005–1034. Ten more of these were added in 1908–1909. The original Johnson locomotives were all subsequently renewed as Deeley compounds, including the now-preserved 1000 which was rebuilt and outshopped with a superheater in 1914.

Numbered 1000–1044 by both the Midland and LMS companies, British Railways renumbered the Midland series of compounds 41000–41044 after nationalisation in 1948.

LMS compound locomotives[edit]

After the grouping, the LMS continued to build slightly modified MR Compounds as the LMS Compound 4-4-0.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 23 December 1904, locomotive No. 1040 was hauling an express passenger train that was derailed at Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire due to excessive speed on a curve. Locomotive No. 1042 was hauling an express passenger train that collided with the wreckage at low speed. Four people were killed.[2]
  • On 19 January 1918, locomotive No. 1010 was hauling an express passenger train that was derailed when it ran into a landslip obstructing the line at Little Salkeld, Cumberland. Seven people were killed and 46 were injured.
  • On 10 July 1933, locomotive No. 1010 was hauling an express passenger train that was in a side-long collision with a freight train at Little Salkeld due to a signalman's error. One person was killed and about 30 were injured, one seriously.[3]
  • On 12 April 1947, locomotive No. 1004 was hauling a passenger train which was derailed near Keighley, Yorkshire when a bridge collapsed under it.[4]
  • On 21 April 1952, locomotive No. 41040 was one of two hauling a passenger train that was derailed at Blea Moor Loops, West Riding of Yorkshire when a defective brake hanger on the locomotive caused a set of points to move under the train.[5]


Midland Compound 1000 in the S&D 150 Cavalcade, 1975

No. 1000 was set aside for preservation after withdrawal in 1951 and restored in 1959 close to its 1914 condition, painted in Midland maroon livery, running enthusiasts' specials until placed in the temporary Clapham Transport museum. Though steamed since preservation, it is currently a static exhibit at the Barrow Hill Engine Shed at Derbyshire, having been lent by the National Railway Museum in York.

Other compound locomotives with the same 3-cylinder layout[edit]


  1. ^ Train: The Definitive Visual History. DK Publishing. 2014. p. 97. ISBN 1465436588. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  2. ^ Hall, Stanley (1990). The Railway Detectives. London: Ian Allan. p. 66. ISBN 0 7110 1929 0.
  3. ^ Earnshaw, Alan (1991). Trains in Trouble: Vol. 7. Penryn: Atlantic Books. p. 23. ISBN 0-906899-50-8.
  4. ^ Hoole, Ken (1983). Trains in Trouble: Vol. 4. Redruth: Atlantic Books. p. 25. ISBN 0 906899 07 9.
  5. ^ Earnshaw, Alan (1990). Trains in Trouble: Vol. 6. Penryn: Atlantic Books. p. 30. ISBN 0-906899-37-0.
  6. ^ Atlas Lokomotiv Praha 1970
  • Ian Allan ABC of British Railways Locomotives, 1948 Edition, part 3, pp 5–6
  • Baxter, Bertram (1982). Baxter, David (ed.). British Locomotive Catalogue 1825–1923. Vol. 3A: Midland Railway and its constituent companies. Ashbourne, Derbyshire: Moorland Publishing Company. pp. 133, 175–176. ISBN 9780903485524.
  • Nock O.S. (1964), "The Midland Compounds"; David & Charles, Dawlish, U.K.
  • Van Riemsdijk, J.T. (1994). Compound Locomotives: An International Survey. Penryn: Atlantic Transport Publishers. pp. 25–32. ISBN 0-906899-61-3.

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