LMS Route: Stratford Midland Junction - The Shakespeare
SMJ Miscellaneous: smjsa384
An East & West Junction Railway Schedule of Wagons
Passing Broom and Olney Junction in 1899. John Cosford, whose copy this, writes
'These are probably the commonest extant E&W documents as they were
processed by the Railway Clearing House (RCH) and a number seem to have
survived from there. This one I found to be particularly interesting as it is
for a Midland Railway wagon containing "goods" which travelled from Bristol to
London Kings Cross. The route was Bristol A Wharf (presumably Avonmouth Wharf
on the GWR/Midland Joint Line) via Gloucester and Evesham to Broom Junction and
then along the entire EWJ route to Olney and then via Bedford to St Pancras.
There the wagon would either have been transferred to Kings Cross via the North
London Railway connection of else offloaded and taken across by horse and cart.
The Midland must have offered a good rate for this journey as it goes a very
long way round when compared to the direct GWR route from Bristol to London. Of
course, it was on Midland metals the whole way except for the EWJ part and the
final few hundred yards from St Pancras which I guess helped the costing. I
wonder how much other Midland Railway traffic was routed this way?' Its
interesting to note that the movement of 18,916 goods wagons, apparently just
for one month, cost only £2-17s-4d.