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THE MARYPORT & CARLISLE RAILWAY IN 1921

  
(extract from the Railway Year Book, 1921)

GENERAL OFFICES: MARYPORT

DIRECTORS:

THOMAS HARTLEY, Esq. (Chairman), Armathwhaite Hall, Cockermouth.
JOSEPH HARRIS, Esq. (Deputy Chairman), Brackenburgh Tower, Carlisle.
JOHN WILLIAMSON, Esq., Brigham Hill, Cockermouth.
SIR WILFRID LAWSON, Bart., Isel Hall, Cockermouth.
R. H. HODGSON, Esq., Western Lodge, Workington.
H. E. WILSON, Esq., Workington.
G. J. POCKLINGTON SENHOUSE, Esq., Netherhall, Maryport.
S. D. D. STANLEY DODGSON, Esq., Tarn Bank, Cockermouth.

CHIEF OFFICERS:

General Manager – THOMAS BLAIN.
Secretary – THOMAS BLAIIN.
Traffic Superintendent – TOM WAITE.
Accountant – JOSEPH WILLIAMS.
Traffic Auditor – J. SHIPPEN.
Chief Engineer – HAROLD BROWN.
Locomotive Engineer – J. B. ADAMSON.
Cashier – JOHN H. RICH.
Stores Superintendent – JAMES ARMSTRONG.
Auditors – WILTON W. WOOD and W. FRANKS.
Solicitors – TYSON & HOBSON.
Bankers – LONDON JOINT CITY AND MIDLAND BANK.

HISTORICAL SKETCH.

THE Maryport and Carlisle Railway was incorporated by Act 1 Vic. cap.III in 1837, for the construction of a single line of railway between the towns named. George Stephenson was the engineer of the undertaking, and in his report he pointed out that the railway could be constructed at an extremely low price, consequent upon the level nature of the country through which it would pass, and the absence of tunnels and other expensive engineering works. In the prospectus of the line, the directors modestly estimated the annual dividend at 18 ¾ per cent., this amount of profit being arrived at upon the assumption that the line would be worked at 33 1/3 per cent. of the gross receipts. Contrary to the usual experience, the revenue from the first opening of the line (which took place on 10th February, 1845) almost equalled the estimate. On the whole the Maryport and Carlisle Railway has been successful, although the dividend of 18 ¾ per cent., as estimated by the directors, has, it is needless to say, never been attained, the high-water mark in this direction having been reached in 1873, when the shareholders received 13 per cent. The main line, 28 miles in length, has, however, been doubled, almost entirely out of revenue. In 1862 powers were obtained for the construction of branches to Bolton and Wigton, and this additional mileage of 7 ¾ miles was opened for traffic on 2nd April 1866. In 1865 an Act was obtained for the construction of a line, 6 miles in length, from Bullgill to Brigham, and a through communication between the Maryport and Carlisle Railway and the Cockermouth, Workington and Whitehaven line was thus brought into operation when this branch was opened on 12th April 1867.

Principal Towns Served. – Maryport, Wigton, Carlisle, Cockermouth.

Largest Station. – The Carlisle Citadel Station is the largest passenger station on the system; it contains 7 platforms, 15 roads, and covers 7 acres of ground, and is worked as a joint station.  Maryport is the largest station belonging to the Company.

Running powers. – L. & N. W. , Brigham to Cockermouth, 2m. 28 ch. (Passenger and Goods).

Steepest Gradients. – 1 in 75 for 100 yards at Bullgill Station, and 1 in 60 on the Bolton Branch half a mile east of Mealsgate Station, falling towards Wigton for about two miles.

Colour of Tickets. – First-class, single and return, white; third-class, single and return, green.

Permanent Way. – Bull-head section rails, 85 lbs. per yard; sleepers 9ft. by 10 ins. By 5 in.; chairs weighing 46 lbs. each.

There are no tunnels on the Maryport and Carlisle Railway.

Dimensions of vehicles. - The longest passenger coaches at 49 ft. in length.  The largest goods or mineral vehicles measure 19ft long.

Colours of Engines and Rolling Stock. – Engines – green; carriages – cream, with green bodies; wagons – lead colour.

Passenger and Guard Communication. – Partial application of Vacuum brake.

The Locomotive Works are situate at Maryport.

Brake. – Automatic Vacuum.

Summit Level. – Between Maryport and Brayton, 200 feet above sea level.

Driver’s position on footplate. – Right hand.

Total length of platform faces at the largest station. – Maryport, 1,110 feet.

Mile Posts. – On down side of main line.

Gradient Boards. – On up side of main line.

Passenger Train Heating. – Steam.

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STATISTICS. – Year Ending December 31st, 1920.

Capital Issued (including nominal additions) –
Loans and Debenture Stock …            …   ...   ...   ...      £107,695
4 per cent. Minimum Stock              …   ...   ...   ...            2,000
Ordinary Stock                         …   ...   ...   ...       775,800
                                                                                                    £885,495

Capital Expenditure – Year Engine December 31st, 1920          £1,888
                                    Total to December 31st, 1920             £928,174

Revenue Receipts and Expenditure of the Whole Undertaking –
Receipts in respect of railway working, under the terms of the agreement with the Government in respect of the control of railways                    £316,318
Expenditure                                                               265,282
                                                                                                    £  51,036
Miscellaneous Receipts                                                      379
Total Net Income                                                        £  51,415

Dividend. – Ordinary Stock, 5 ½ per cent. for the year.

Mileage. – Owned, 42 miles 63 chains; total mileage, first track, 42 miles, 63 chains; second track, 28 miles 69 chains; third track, 36 chains; fourth track, 25 chains; over tracks (reduced to single track_, 21 chains; total length of single track (including sidings), 100 miles 46 chains.

Rolling stock. – Locomotives (steam): tender, 17 (0-6-0), 7 (0-4-2), 4 (2-4-0); tank. 1 (0-6-0), 1 (0-4-4), 1 (0-4-2), 2 (0-4-0); total, 33.  Passenger train vehicles, 82, goods train vehicles, 1,547; service vehicles, 73.

Road Traffic Equipment. – 8 carts and wagons; 6 horses for road vehicles.

Houses and Dwellings Owned. – 59 houses or cottages for railway servants.

Traffic (originating on the system). – Nos. of passengers: 1st class, 10,305; 3rd class, 580,030; workmen, 1,231,848. Season tickets: 1st class, 12; 3rd class, 252.  Goods tonnage: merchandise, 38,438; coal, coke and patent fuel, 236,027; other minerals, 29,673; total, 304,138. Head of livestock, 103,295.

Total mileage. – Train miles (loaded): coaching, 252.052; goods, 221,473.  les: 244,652.  Total engine miles, 788,429.
– Train miles (loaded): coaching, 252.052; goods, 221,473; les: 244,652. Total engine miles, 788,429.