Sphere of Influence of the London Midland and Scottish Railway - Gateway to the LMS

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LMS Sphere of Influence
The LMS inherited lines in all four countries of the United Kingdom, and  in general these were in the centre and west of England and Scotland.  However, there were routes in North and Mid-Wales and and Northern  Ireland, and the LMS also had joint custody with the Southern Railway  over the Somerset and Dorset line from Bath to Bournemouth. Perhaps most  surprising, were the links to Tilbury and Southend, and to Yarmouth.  Pre-grouping, these were owned by the Midland Railway, and since the  grouping did not break up the assets of the formation companies, these  became the property of the LMS, despite these lines being in London and  North Eastern territory.

  The diagrams on the subsequent pages are not to scale, and are not  fully representative of the sphere of influence of the LMS; for the sake  of clarity, a lot of the smaller lines and most of the stations have  not been included. I have included the stations I consider to be most  significant, plus a few that may be of relevance when using this site  and other sites on the LMS webring
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