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Barrow on Soar and Quorn Midland Railway Station

The old, now demolished, Midland Railway Station was very firmly in the Parish of Barrow upon Soar, but after the Great Central Railway opened Quorn and Woodhouse Station in 1899, it had somewhat of an identity crisis!

Barrow Station was opened in 1840, and would also have served the people of Quorn, being only about a mile from Quorn Cross. When the Great Central opened in 1899, recognising the competition, the name of Barrow Station was promptly changed to ‘Barrow on Soar and Quorn’.

In 1908 Station Road, Quorn became so named, because it ‘led to the station in Barrow’, having been known previously as Barrow Street. It is not known who made this decision, but over the years it has caused both puzzlement and confusion!

The photograph (date unknown), shows Barrow on Soar and Quorn Station prior to its closure in 1968. The station was later demolished and in 1994 a new ‘Barrow upon Soar’ Station was opened about 400 metres to the south-east.

Since posting, Jack Shaw, Senior Station Master at Quorn Great Central Station (the opposition!), has been in touch (February 2024) and suggested a date between August 1912 and 1926.

Jack gives a lot of detail:
"The Locomotive is a Midland Railway 999 Class 4-4-0, there were 10 of these locomotives designed by Richard Deeley and built in Derby. The one pictured, No. 993, entered service in 1909 and withdrawn in February 1928. In August 1912 it was modified with a 9GA superheated Belpaire boiler (which it is carrying in the photograph, you can tell by the square shape of the firebox in front of the cab) and new slightly larger cylinders. It was re-numbered to 803 in 1926 after the Midland Railway was absorbed into London Midland and Scottish Railway following the Railway Grouping act of 1923.

The 999s spent most of their life working between Leeds and Carlisle and the furthest south they worked was to Derby for repair or works (an exception was when one was trialled on the Somerset and Dorset for a time), so it seemingly makes this photograph particularly rare.

Perhaps it was put on a local service whilst around Derby for works? It looks quite shiny so would support this theory that it has been recently outshopped."

Thank you Jack!

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 Submitted on: 2023-11-05
 Submitted by: Sue Templeman
 Artefact ID: 2558
 Artefact URL: www.quornmuseum.com/display.php?id=2558
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