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The Railways of Derbyshire, 1903
(Old Maps of Derbyshire)

Midland Railway Distances

This is a hold-to-light tissue stereographic photo of Matlock Bath's railway station (train station) and is amongst one of the earliest photographic images of the station site. Unlike the view of the High Tor Tunnel, first published in 1857[1], this structure has overhanging eaves.

There are nine passengers on the platform awaiting a train; six are men and three are women, one of whom is wearing a crinoline. Two railway workers are on the right. One of them is standing on the ground but the other is on the signal itself. He has climbed up the steps to a small platform but, as no arm is visible, he was either maintaining the lamp at the top of the post or was building the signal. The control cable is already in place on the post. Further along, towards the High Tor Tunnel, is a second signal (look above the head of the railwayman who is standing on the ground).

What is curious is the "down" track as there seems to be another track joining it. Neither the "down" platform nor the passenger footbridge, seen in the next image, were built when this photograph was taken and the platform must have been built over this track.

Enlargement of the right hand side of the stereoview

There is always an element of surprise with hold-to-light tissue stereographic photos and this one is no exception. The image below is what is seen when one holds the picture up to the light. So instead of a daytime shot of the station we see a train driving through Matlock Bath at night, bathed in the orange and red glow from the engine's fire. What looks like a tower will be the signal post.

When held to the light

View even more about the station by clicking on the images below:


19C stereoview2


Tunnel, 19C

About 1906



Station House

Today, image3

Tourist Tickets on the Midland Railway, advertisement in Bemroses' Guide, 1869
Weekend Fares on the Midland Railway, advertisement in Bemroses' Guide, 1869

Hold-to-light tissue stereographic photos in the collection of and provided by and © George Pek.
Researched, written by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.
Date originally given as 1859-62. Revised to 1860, with thanks to Ken Smith.
Believed to have been published by the London Stereoscopic Company though does not have the London Stereoscopic Company blind stamp.
See: London Stereoscopic Company Reborn! (External site) You will need to scroll down.

References (coloured links are to transcripts and information elsewhere on this web site):

[1] Smedley, John (1857) "Practical Hydropathy"... Lea Mills, Derbyshire. Published London and Derby.