Midland Railway Records

Railway Staff Records at the National Archives

An important source of information for researching railway ancestry are the surviving English and Welsh Railway Company records housed at the National Archives, especially the staff ledgers. Whilst the majority of records are at the National archives, we should also mention that a limited number of staff related records are kept by some of the local archives, for example Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre houses the GWR pension records, while there are LNWR records at Chester Record Office.

Midland Railway Directors Minutes

An important source of information is the Midland Railway Company Directors' Minutes, and this in fact was the first source we used when we started our index. The Midland Railway Directors Minutes fortunately survive at the National Archives for the whole period of the life of the MR 1844 - 1922.

The Directors Minutes cover a great range of Midland activities, with the early minutes containing references to staff appointments, including salaries, and dismissals and reprimands.

Within the Directors Minutes there is also a record of correspondence with contractors building the line, franchisees of refreshment rooms and bookstalls, references to disputes with landowners along the way and with other railway companies, and compensation paid to early accident victims, involving the use of local firms of solicitors, and lists of debenture holders.