Midland Station, Forster Square

The front of the station consists of a simple but massive and boldly treated wall, punctuated by pilasters, windows and entrances for passenger and vehicular traffic. Behind this in line with the rear wall of the hotel is the screen wall, enriched with pilasters and carving, and surmounted by a stone balustrade with an attractive little octagonal tower at the corner. The whole of the space between the two walls is covered in with glass and forms admirable accommodation for carriages and general traffic. There are separate entrances to the first and third class booking departments with prominent notice boards intimating “which is which” and there are also direct means of ingress and egress to the platform apart from the booking departments.

The first-class booking hall has a vestibule at each end and both apartments are a welcome contrast to the bare and draughty offices which were  hitherto in use. The first class hall is 31′ by 20′ and the third class hall is 45′ by 26′; the first containing two and the third three ticket windows. The third class booking hall leads into a spacious well-lighted general waiting room of similar dimensions, and the excellence of the lighting and heating arrangements of all the apartments is very marked. A cloak room, parcel office ( not yet built owing to the old refreshment room being still in use), porter’s room, lavatories &c., are also comprised in the block of station offices which front Kirkgate. Inside these offices is a broad spacious platform, where huge crowds of intending travelers can be accommodated.

On the left are the hotel and other waiting and refreshment rooms, and on the right is a high massive wall, whilst the interior is filled in with rails and platforms. The width of the working part of the station from wall to wall is 174 feet and it is spanned by a handsome iron and glass roof, divided into eight bays and supported on iron Corinthian columns. These columns are splendid specimens of casting work, each being a single cast, 32′  in height. Together with the roofing generally they have been executed by Messrs Butler of Stanningley. There are in all six platforms, five of them being 450′ long, and the sixth, situated at the Cheapside end, is 200′  long. Adding all the platform space in the station together, as understood in railway management, the entire length of platform accommodation is equal to about three-quarters of a mile.

The entire length of the station from the booking offices to the end of the platforms is 51′. At the departure end of the station School Street is carried over the line by a bridge, and this virtually terminates the central enclosure, but the platforms extend for some distance beyond and are covered over with glass roof in keeping with the glass roof of the main interior.

The accommodation for trains may be detailed in simple language as follows: there is first the station wall, then a single line of rails, then a platform 32′ broad, then a double line of rails, then a central 40′  platform, then another double line of rails, next a 32′ platform, a single line of rails, and the outer station walls. The station master’s office stands at the head of the central platform and barriers of pitch pine for ticket and general traffic purposes are provided.

On the side of the station next to Cheapside are waiting rooms and the offices usually provided for the accommodation of the company’s servants. They include: a lamp room 21′ by 14′, a foot-warming house 21′ by 16 ‘, an inspector’s office 21′ by 14′, a gentlemen’s waiting room 21′ by 16′, a ladies first class waiting room 25′ by 18′, a ladies third-class waiting room 25′ by 21′, a third class refreshment room 24 ft by 24 ft and first class refreshment room 18′ by 28′. The rooms are all very lofty, admirably lighted, and well ventilated; they are furnished with polished pitch pine.

The first class ladies waiting rooms contain lavatories and other conveniences on a much more elaborate scale than is usual in English stations. The walls of the third class refreshment room, like those in the general waiting rooms in the principal front of the station, are lined with tiles of a neat and warm looking type. In the first class refreshment room the furnishings are of polished walnut, and there is a pretty combination of tiles and tiled dado round the apartment, whilst the floor is laid with random mosaic. The refreshment rooms are connected by means of a lift with the kitchen of the hotel, and all the arrangements are of the most convenient and modern character.