the round of the local papers in reference to the Maryport Hematite Iron
Company, is totally incorrect.
No reply has yet been received from the Government relative to the Trustees’
memorial to the Treasury respecting the proposed changes in the Customs
arrangements at Maryport.
It has been suggested in some quarters that a public meeting should be held
on the subject, but the matter would be better brought under the official
notice by a deputation as proposed.
The Midland Railway Company having decided to purchase the Furness Lines,
speculation is once again rife whether the Maryport and Carlisle Railway
Company will much longer maintain independent existence. If the Midland Railway
company could but be induced to come to Maryport, what a change for the better
there would be in the attitude of the London and North Western Company towards
There is no concealing the fact that the Midland Company is a popular
company, whilst the London and North-Western Company is just the opposite. The
former is ever ready to meet the wants and the requirements of the public; the
latter to ignore them. The Maryport and Carlisle Railway Company is such an
excellent property that we doubt whether the directors of that flourishing
undertaking could be easily induced to part with their line on any terms.
Unless the Midland Company leased the Maryport and Carlisle line we do not
see how the former enterprising company could ever find its way down to
Maryport except by obtaining running powers over the Whitehaven Junction Railway.
We can imagine the London and North-Western Company allowing this!