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Sunday, 17 June 2012

Two Stations

First of all may I thank the people who email me with support for my blog. For today, 17th June 2012, I am using two pics of jigsaws each featuring a main line station.

The first pic shows a 500-piece puzzle from Ravensburger titled Derby Station, 1950's, with artwork from Robert Nixon. The station architect was Francis Thompson and the first train, a Midland Counties service to Nottingham, left from a temporary platform on 4th June 1839. The station opened completely in  the following year. It soon became known as the 'Tri-Junct Station' as it served three separate railway companies - Midland Counties, Birmingham & Derby Junction and North Midland. The three railway companies amalgamated in 1844 to become the Midland Railway Company with Derby Station as the HQ. Major changes were made to the 1050ft long station frontage in 1856 and 1872. The locomotive in the picture is a London Midland & Scottish Railway (LMS) 'Jubilee' class 4-6-0 No.45589 Gwalior.

The second shot shows Carlisle Citadel Station with a  LMS  4-6-2, 'Princess Coronation' class locomotive No.6233, Duchess of Sutherland, to the fore. The jigsaw is a 350-piece example from Waddingtons and the artwork is by Barry Freeman.The station was built in 1847 to serve the Lancaster & Carlisle Railway and the southern section of the Caledonian Railway. The Maryport & Carlisle Railway began to use the station in 1851 the same year that the Glasgow & South Western Railway began services. The Newcastle & Carlisle Railway used the station from 1863 having been isolated at the London Road Station previously. The North British Railway arrived in 1861. Passenger services to the station on the Midland Railway’s Settle & Carlisle line began in 1876. This brought the total number of railways using the Citadel Station to seven; what a ‘Mecca’ for the railway enthusiast. The station was built by the famous architect  Sir William Tite and named after the nearby law courts.