RefNoMD7787
TitleManchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway Company
AdminHistoryThe Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway (MSLR) was formed by the amalgamation in 1847 of the Sheffield, Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester Railway (SAMR) with two proposed lines - the Sheffield and Lincolnshire Junction Railway and the Great Grimsby and Sheffield Junction Railway. The company's headquarters were established at Manchester's London Road station.

The Sheffield, Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester Railway had opened between Manchester and Sheffield in 1845, but as early as 1844 the promoters of the Sheffield and Lincolnshire Junction had approached the SAMR with a view to the latter leasing it. The Great Grimsby and Sheffield Junction had been promoted by the Grimsby Docks Company, the oldest company of the three.

Until reaching south with its Derbyshire lines, the MSLR was essentially an east-to-west Trans-Pennine line, running the 'Woodhead Route' between Manchester's London Road and Sheffield's Victoria stations. Before 1899, most trains from Sheffield would continue on towards Grimsby via Worksop, Retford and Gainsborough, with others cutting off outside Retford to head into Lincoln. Although the Woodhead line allowed fast journey times between Sheffield and Manchester, passenger trains were always subordinate to coal traffic. Many of the mines in the Barnsley area were connected to the MSLR system, and the cotton mills and other industries in Lancashire and Merseyside wanted the coal that these mines produced.

The MSLR changed its name to the Great Central Railway in 1897 in anticipation of the opening in 1899 of its London Extension.
DescriptionParliamentary Acts and deeds plans (also known as estate plans): South Yorkshire railways and branches, updated to early 20th century (MD7787/1).
Date1887
Extent1 item
AccessStatusOpen
LevelCollection
RelatedMaterialRelated Material at Sheffield Archives:

Plans of Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway lines in South Yorkshire [c. 1881] (Ref. SY403/Z1/1-9)

Conveyance of land, 6 June 1868, The South Yorkshire Railway & River Don Company and the Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway Co., with Sir William Ridley Charles Cooke, of Wheatley Hall, bart., to William Forster, of Alnwick, Northumberland, esq., and William Loylond Feilden, of Feniscowles Hall, near Blackburn, Lancashire, esq., trustees under the will of Sir William Bryan Cooke (will 1845, codicil 1849, deed 1851, probate 1852). (Ref. CWM/1134)

Conveyance of land, 24 April 1869, South Yorkshire Railway & River Don Company and the Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway Co., to Charles Bartholomew, of Broxholme, Doncaster, esq. (Ref. CWM/1281)

Covenant [right to erect a swing or lift bridge or a bridge with suitable headroom at specified places, and to have a railway to a junction with the old Thorne Line of the South Yorkshire Railway], 24 April 1869, South Yorkshire Railway and River Don Company and the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway Co. with Charles Bartholomew, of Broxholme, near Doncaster, esq. (Ref. CWM/1282)

Papers regarding the Sheffield – Lincolnshire Railway, 1845-1847 (Ref. FC/CP/18/155-163)

Letters from Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway concerning the renewal of a mortgage bond for £1500 with the Royal Infirmary, Sheffield, 1858-1871 (Ref. NHS17/3/7/11)

Various references to the railway company in Sheffield City Council minutes, 1888-1897 (Refs. CA-MIN/24-27; CA-MIN/32)


Related Material at Sheffield Local Studies Library:

Various Acts of Parliament relating to the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway, including the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation Act, Joint Lines Acts, Additional Powers Acts, Committee Acts, and also covering alterations and amendments to Acts, increases in capital, enlargement of powers, conferment of addional powers, the establishment of branch lines/line extensions, additional station room at Sheffield, company amalgamations, railway rates and charges. All the above referred to in the following five compilation volumes:

'Acts of Parliament Relating to Sheffield, 1627-1901', No. 15 [Local Studies' compilation volume] (Ref. 346.1 SSTQ)

'Acts of Parliament Relating to Sheffield,' Vol. 2 Nos. 12, 14, 16; Vol. 3 Nos. 1-8, 10-16, 18, 20 [Local Studies' compilation volumes] (Ref. 346.1 SQ)

'Acts of Parliament Relating to Railways, 1845-1906', Nos. 2, 4 [Local Studies' compilation volume] (Ref. 346.1 SQ)

'Acts of Parliament Relating to Railways, 1846-1886', Nos. 5, 7-12 [Local Studies' compilation volume] (Ref. 346.1 SQ)

'Acts of Parliament Relating to Railways, 1886-1894', Nos. 5, 8 [Local Studies' compilation volume] (Ref. 346.1 SQ)

Select Committee minutes on the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway and Great Northern Railway Companies Bill, 1858 (Ref. 385 SSTQ)

Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway Company Half-Yearly Directors' Reports, 1851-1861 (Ref. 385 SF)

'Minutes Relating to Various Railways, 1836-1913', including MSLR minutes, 1847-1899 [duplicate typescript, author not given] (Ref. 385.1 SSTQ)

Report of proceedings and half-yearly special meetings, London Road Station board room, Manchester, 24 January 1894. Local Pamphlets volume 234, no. 5 (Ref. 042 S)

Rules of the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway Accident Fund, March 1884 (Ref. MP 1080 S)

Sheffield, Aston-under-Lyne and Manchester Railway prospectus (Sheffield: Leader, [1838]), p. 4 (Ref. MP 345L)

Dow, George, 'Railway Heraldry' (1973) [description and illustration of Company device] (Ref. 385.0942 ST)

Hemingway, G. (ed.), 'The Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway and its Constituents to 1850' (1978) (Ref. 385 SST)

'Sheffield History Reporter', No. 38 (Nov/Dec 1995) [article on construction and opening of the Sheffield, Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester Railway, 22 December 1845] (Ref. 942.74 SQ)

'The Paragon', No. 3 (Spring 1996) [brief history of the railway] (Ref. 942.74 SQ)

Birks, J. A. and Coxon, Peter, 'An Account of Railway Development in the Nottinghamshire Coalfield' (nd) (Ref. 385 ST)

Leader Collection of Pictures and Cuttings (no date) [notes on Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire lines] (Ref. 914.274 SF)

Related Material Held Elsewhere:

Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway Company Directors', shareholders' and committee minutes and reports, journals, ledgers, locomotive and rolling stock records, traffic reports, plans, 1842-1947 (The National Archives, refs. RAIL 110, 435, 462-63)

Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway Company legal correspondence, papers, plans, 1864-85 (Doncaster Archives Department, ref. DX/BAX)

Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway Company correspondence and legal papers, 1802-68 (Lincolnshire Archives, ref. BSV/11/11/A/1-74)
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