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I was puzzled to start with as well, you had already done the date so my search and replace would have no effect, normally if an edit makes no difference, then it is not saved. But I must have been super observant, and removed the space before the closing square brackets around the website reference. Rich Farmbrough 22:14, 2 October 2005 (UTC)


Hi! I have just seen your comments on the above. I have in my possession a copy of The Railway Year Book for 1912. The section headed Great Northern Railway (Ireland) begins its Historical Sketch as follows: The modern history of this railway (the most important in Ireland), dates from its incorporation on 1st April, 1876, as the "Great Northern of Ireland Railway", usually written as "G.N.R.(I.)" ..... Later in the article it quotes articles that had appeared in the Railway Magazine:

  • Great Northern of Ireland Railway ... February 1898
  • Great Northern of Ireland Railway: Its Growth and Progress August 1911

I am perfectly sure that few people have ever used the title, but it does seem odd that it is used on three occasions between 1876-1911. Perhaps like many other things, the name which stuck was the easiest to say, and no-one ever queried it other than to write articles about it? I'd like to know the answer! Peter Shearan 18:22, 22 October 2005 (UTC)

Thanks for reminding me about this question, Peter. I had neglected to check back to see if there were any developments in the discussion. I see from your evidence that "Great Northern of Ireland Railway" is indeed an expression which has been used to refer to the GNR(I).
I would still maintain, however, that the company's true title is the Great Northern Railway Company (Ireland) – which one might read out as the "Great Northern Railway Company of Ireland".
According to a Written Answer in Dáil Éireann
The company was constituted in 1876 through the amalgamation of four companies pursuant to powers contained in the special Acts relating to the companies, and the present company was incorporated under the Great Northern Railway (Ireland) Act, 1877.
I.e. whatever event took place on 1 April 1876, the company known as the GNR(I) was incorporated by the Great Northern (Ireland) Act of 1877 (further searches show that it was Section 6 of that Act which formally incorporated the company).
This article has the GNR(I) being "formed [...] in 1876". Formation / constitution (1876); incorporation by Act of Parliament (1877).
The Dáil answer quoted above suggests that Acts relating to the GNR(I)'s predesessor companies led to the establishment of a new entity in 1876. What that was called is yet to be established, but there seems to me no doubt that the railway which existed from 1877 until its winding-up in the 1950s was the Great Northern Railway of Ireland. I cannot conceive how the directors would have commissioned a monogram as elaborately executed as this if the railway were really the GNIR, rather than the GNRI! -- Picapica 20:36, 23 October 2005 (UTC)

External link(s)

Picapica, thanks for your message on this subject. My memory of that page was that "External links" was more or less the accepted style (and it certainly makes sense to me) but it seems I was too dogmatic -- sorry. Flapdragon 23:08, 11 December 2005 (UTC)

Talk:Derby Midland Station

We're having a bit of a discussion going on with this. Would welcome your views Chevin 15:28, 21 December 2005 (UTC)

Thanks for your thoughtful comments on this Chevin 22:24, 21 December 2005 (UTC)
I does me best...;) Chevin, if you do end up changing your mind about the merger proposal, I would nominate you (as the principal begetter of the Tri Junct article, which contains the bulk of the historical information at present) to rewrite the history section of the "Derby railway station" article. -- Picapica 22:52, 21 December 2005 (UTC)
See talk pageChevin 11:09, 22 December 2005 (UTC)

Municipal and cantonal elections postponed

Thanks, that's useful to know. Dlyons493 Talk 12:35, 29 December 2005 (UTC)

Re: railway stations

Hey Picapica =)

I know what you mean about the railway station boxes. I always took them to be geographical, not time-table centric, but others take a different view. Preston and Wigan are two from memory which were affected by conflicts in this field.

The best thing to do is find the railway station project link - something I keep losing, sorry - and request a discussion about it with the people there. I would personally prefer geographic tables but it is obviously something to talk over with first.

Not done a railway article in ages, mind, should get back into that really! Good luck... doktorb | words 22:51, 16 January 2006 (UTC)