London Midland Region of British Railways

London Midland Region of British Railways
British Railways London Midland Region station totem for Hoylake.jpg
British Railways London Midland region totem station sign for Hoylake on Merseyside
Overview
Franchise(s)Not subject to franchising (1 January 1948 – 31 December 1992)
Main Region(s)London, North West of England, West Midlands
Parent companyBritish Rail

The London Midland Region (LMR) was one of the six regions created on the formation of the nationalised British Railways (BR) and initially consisted of ex-London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) lines in England and Wales. The region was managed first from buildings adjacent to Euston station and later from Stanier House in Birmingham. It existed from the creation of BR in 1948, ceased to be an operating unit in its own right in the 1980s and was wound up at the end of 1992.

Territory

At its inception, the LMR's territory consisted of ex-LMS lines in England and Wales. LMS lines in Scotland became part of the Scottish Region, whilst those of the Northern Counties Committee (NCC) in Northern Ireland became part of the Ulster Transport Authority (UTA). The Mersey Railway, which had avoided being "Grouped" with the LMS in 1923, also joined the LMR.

The other regions formed at the same time were the Eastern Region, the North Eastern Region, the Southern Region, the Western Region and the Scottish Region.

The LMR's territory principally consisted of the West Coast Main Line (WCML) and the Midland Main Line (MML) south of Carlisle and the ex-Midland Cross Country route from Bristol to Leeds.

During the time of the LMR's existence there were a number of transfers of territory to and from other regions. The major changes were:

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