Midland Red was a bus company that operated in The Midlands from 1905 until 1981. It was one of the largest English bus companies, operating over a large area between Gloucester in the south and Derbyshire in the north, from Northampton to the Welsh border; the company manufactured buses. In 1899 the British Electric Traction company acquired the assets of the Birmingham General Omnibus Company, formed three years earlier to acquire a number of horse bus operations in Birmingham; when BET ordered new buses for Birmingham the next year, they were painted red to make them stand out. In 1902 BET acquired the City of Birmingham Tramways Company, which operated horse buses as well as trams; the Birmingham & Midland Motor Omnibus Company was formed by local businessmen in November 1904 to operate motor bus services in Birmingham. When the directors failed to attract sufficient investors, BET acquired control of the new company, in 1905 transferred its local horse bus operations to it; the company acquired a motor bus company which had started in 1903.
BMMO started operations under its own name in July 1905. However, the company experienced problems with its motor buses, in 1907 reverted all its motor bus services to horse bus operation. In 1912 the company purchased some Tilling-Stevens petrol-electric buses. Further motor buses followed, by June 1913 only 17 horse buses remained; the company adopted for its motor buses the red livery used by Birmingham General, the buses carried the fleetname "Midland". They soon acquired the nickname Midland Red. By 1912 the Birmingham Corporation Tramways had used its statutory powers to acquire the city's tramways which it did not own, wanted to consolidate the operation of bus and tram operations in the city. Since it was going to be difficult for BMMO to expand in the city, it reached agreement with the corporation to operate services from outside Birmingham into the city and transfer its services within the city to the corporation; the company expanded outside Birmingham, moved its headquarters to Bearwood in Smethwick.
During World War I, the company took over BET operations in Worcester and elsewhere, after the war opened depots in Walsall, Wolverhampton, Stafford, Bromsgrove, Nuneaton, Leamington Spa and Leicester. During the 1920s the tramways owned by BET in the Black Country were replaced by Midland Red buses. In 1930, the Great Western Railway and the London Midland & Scottish Railway together acquired 50% of the company; the few GWR bus services in the area were transferred to Midland Red. Midland Red started express coach services in 1921 with routes to Llandudno. Coach services expanded, in 1934 Midland Red became a founder member of the Associated Motorways consortium. Coach services were reduced during World War II, but expanded again after the war; when the M1 motorway opened in 1959, Midland Red started non-stop express services between Birmingham and London, between Coventry and London. For the service, the company developed Britain's first high-speed motor-coach. A fleet of ten, capable of speeds of up to 85 miles per hour, were built at the company's workshops at Edgbaston.
The opening of the M5 motorway enabled the operation of express services between Birmingham and Worcester. When the railways were nationalised forming in 1947 under the Transport Act 1947, Midland Red became 50% state-owned. In 1968, BET sold its UK bus interests to the government, on 1 January 1969 the company became the largest subsidiary of the National Bus Company; the livery was changed from a deep red to the NBC corporate poppy red. In 1973 the garages and routes within the West Midlands county were transferred to the control of the West Midlands Passenger Transport Authority, leaving Midland Red with country and local routes in Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire and express services. From 1977 onwards, after extensive passenger research the company was rebranded into local area names under the Viable Network Project, something, soon renamed as the Market Analysis Project and adopted throughout NBC and elsewhere in the bus industry; each new network spawned a localised brand, as follows: On 6 September 1981, Midland Red was split into six new companies: Midland Red East, renamed Midland Fox in January 1984: Leicestershire, south Derbyshire and east Staffordshire Midland Red North: Shropshire, south Staffordshire, northern West Midlands Midland Red South: Warwickshire and north Oxfordshire Midland Red West Herefordshire, Worcestershire and east quadrants of West Midlands Midland Red Express renamed Midland Red Coaches: central coach and express services division, became part of Midland Red West in 1984 Midland Red Engineering renamed Carlyle Works: central engineering workshops at Carlyle Road, Edgbaston As part of the privatisation of the National Bus Company, the companies were sold: Midland Fox Midland Red East, was sold on 18 August 1987 in a management buyout.
The operations of the Swadlincote depot were purchased by Stevensons of Uttoxeter. Today all have been reunited as part of Arriva Fox County. Midland Red North was sold on 27 January 1988 to the Drawlane Transport Group, it was included in the sale of Drawlane to British Bus. Today it is part of Arriva Midlands. M
Midland Radio Corporation develops consumer products such as all hazards/weather alert radios, GMRS two-way radios, citizen band radios, marine radios, bluetooth intercom systems. It has manufactured two-way radios since the late 1950s and was the first to introduce a 14-channel FRS radio to the market. In addition, as a manufacturer of land mobile radios, MRC supplies analog and digital portables and base stations/repeaters for government entities such as forestry, public safety, etc. and other commercial users. Midland is the U. S. affiliate of an international group of companies with offices in Bulgaria, Hong Kong, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom. MRC is headquartered in a distribution facility in Kansas City, which houses its entire U. S. operations. Located in Kansas City, Midland is the oldest U. S. manufacturer of CB Radios. Midland was established in the 1960s and is owned by private investors
Midland is a city in the U. S. state of Michigan in the Tri-Cities region of Central Michigan. It is the county seat of Midland County; the city's population was 41,863 as of the 2010 census. It is the principal city of the Midland Micropolitan Statistical Area, part of the larger Saginaw-Midland-Bay City Combined Statistical Area. In 2010, Midland was named the no. 4 Best Small City to raise a family in by Forbes magazine. By the late 1820s, Midland was established as a fur trading post of the American Fur Company supervised by the post at Saginaw. Here agents purchased furs from Ojibwe trappers; the Campau family of Detroit operated an independent trading post at this location in the late 1820s. The Dow Chemical Company was founded in Midland in 1897, its world headquarters are still located there. Through the influence of a Dow Chemical plant opening in Handa, Japan and Handa have become sister cities; the Dow Corning Corporation and Chemical Bank are headquartered in Midland. In 1969 the city unilaterally defined a Midland Urban Growth Area, which at the time was a territory two-miles around the city limits of Midland in an attempt to control urban sprawl.
The central policy was that as the only capable supplier of drinking water, the city would provide water services to communities outside the MUGA such as the nearby village of Sanford, but would not provide to water services to the area within the MUGA without annexation to the city of Midland thus controlling most of the growth in the county. Since 1991 however, the policy has since been revised with a series of Urban Cooperation Act Agreements with surrounding townships which has allowed case-by-case redrawings of the MUGA line to allow Midland to sell water to the surrounding townships without annexation; as of the census of 2010, there were 41,863 people, 17,506 households, 10,766 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,242.2 inhabitants per square mile. There were 18,578 housing units at an average density of 551.3 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 92.0% White, 2.0% Black, 0.3% Native American, 3.3% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.5% from other races, 1.8% from two or more races.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.4% of the population. There were 17,506 households of which 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.1% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.5% had a male householder with no wife present, 38.5% were non-families. 31.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.8% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.94. The median age in the city was 38.3 years. 23.4% of residents were under the age of 18. The gender makeup of the city was 48.1% male and 51.9% female. As of the census of 2000, there were 41,685 people, 16,743 households, 11,000 families residing in the city; the population density was 1,254.9 per square mile. There were 17,773 housing units at an average density of 535.0 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 93.38% White, 1.82% Black, 0.29% Native American, 2.69% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.57% from other races, 1.19% from two or more races.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.92% of the population. There were 16,743 households out of which 33.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.4% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 34.3% were non-families. 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.4% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.00. In the city, the age distribution of the population shows 25.9% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 27.9% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, 13.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.1 males. The median income for a household in the city was $48,444, the median income for a family was $64,949. Males had a median income of $53,208 versus $31,098 for females; the per capita income for the city was $26,818.
About 5.5% of families and 8.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.5% of those under age 18 and 7.2% of those age 65 or over. Midland uses the council-manager form of government; the council consists of five members elected from geographic wards. Council members serve a two-year term, the full council is elected during odd years; the mayor and the mayor pro tem are chosen from the elected council by a vote of the council, who appoint the city manager and city attorney, who serve at the pleasure of the council. Federally, Midland is located in Michigan's 4th congressional district, represented by Republican John Moolenaar. Scheduled airline service is available from MBS International Airport near Freeland and Flint's Bishop International Airport; the Jack Barstow Municipal Airport, dedicated May 30, 1936, is a general aviation airport operated by the city and available for private planes. There is no scheduled public transportation. Residents can call in advance to schedule pickup or return transport within the county by one government sponsored agency, "Dial-A-Ride", offering transport within the city only.
"County Connection" a private run public transport for those outside the city of Midland but still within Midland County both for a nominal fee. Both offer reduced fare rides for elderly and youth. A limited number of taxicab co
Midland University is a private Lutheran liberal arts university in Fremont, Nebraska. It has an approximate enrollment of 1,400 students on 33-acre campus; the university offers more than thirty undergraduate bachelor's degrees and three graduate master's degrees, including Master of Business Administration, Master of Education in Leadership, Master of Science: Adult and Organizational Learning, Master of Athletic Training. Fielding athletic teams known as the Midland University Warriors and the college is a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics; the university's official colors are navy orange. The university offers several extracurricular activities, including 31 varsity athletic teams and service groups and organizations, as well as fraternities and sororities. Known as Midland Lutheran College from 1962–2010, the university is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Midland University was founded as an educational institution in 1883, was named Luther Academy.
The original building, located in Wahoo, was dedicated on November 10, 1883, the 400th anniversary of Martin Luther’s birth. The current university is a product of Midland College, an institution founded in 1887 by the General Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Midland College located in Atchison, moved to the university’s current location in Fremont, Nebraska in 1919. Luther Academy named Luther College, combined with Midland College as Midland Lutheran College in 1962. In 2009, then-Midland Lutheran College held a seven figure financial deficit and the lowest enrollment since WWII at 598. Following the closure of nearby Dana College, Midland Lutheran College allowed former-Dana students to transfer all Dana credits, honored all Dana academic and need-based scholarships and grants and waived enrollment deposits for Dana students. Of the 600 Dana students 275 enrolled at Midland in the fall of 2010. Midland Lutheran College was renamed Midland University in 2010. Along with the name change, the institution changed its official colors from black and orange to navy blue and orange.
In order to attract students, the university began investing in new programs and athletic teams in 2010. In 2010, the institution added five new varsity and club teams, including men's and women's wrestling, men's and women's bowling, competitive cheer/dance, women's lacrosse. In 2011–12, according to government statistics, Midland spent $5.5 million on athletic scholarships and operations and got back $9.5 million in tuition and fees paid by athletes. In 2011, Midland introduced a program guaranteeing that participating students would graduate in four years; the school's freshman enrollment increased by 32% from fall 2011 to fall 2012. In 2012, it added women's shotgun sports. In 2013, the university added women's ice hockey; these additions brought the school's total number of varsity sports programs to 27 as of 2013. From the fall of 2009 to the fall of 2013, Midland’s enrollment more than doubled from a low of 590 in 2009 to 1,288 in 2013. During the same time, Midland went “from a seven-figure deficit to seven-figure surpluses.”
Midland University athletic teams are known as the Warriors. The school is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, competing in the Great Plains Athletic Conference for most sports, it sponsors 31 varsity sports programs, including 13 men's teams, 14 women's teams, co-ed cheer, powerlifting and eSports programs. Men's sports include baseball, bowling, cross country, golf, ice hockey, shotgun sports, swimming, tennis and field, wrestling. Women's sports include basketball, cross country, ice hockey, shotgun sport, softball, tennis and field, wrestling. In addition to featuring most traditional sports, Midland has added women's lacrosse, men's and women's bowling, men's and women's wrestling, shotgun sports, men's and women's hockey, men's and women's swimming, eSports since 2010; the Warriors softball team appeared in two Women's College World Series in 1970 and 1971. Midland University offers bachelor's degrees in more than thirty fields of study as well as three master's degrees.
In 2010, the school claimed to have a graduate placement rate of 100% for nursing students and 90% for education students. In addition to offering Master of Education in Leadership and Master of Professional Accounting degrees, the university announced the offering of an MBA program in 2012. In 2012, the school's accrediting agency, the Higher Learning Commission, placed it "on notice", expressing "concerns related to the University's finances and planning and its processes for assessment and utilization of student learning outcomes"; the HLC called for Midland to file final reports in 2014, demonstrating that these concerns had been resolved. In November 2014, the Higher Learning Commission confirmed that its concerns were resolved by removing the “on notice” sanction. Midland University offers over 45 student clubs and organizations and several intramural sports offerings, including basketball, sand-volleyball, ultimate-frisbee, softball; the university has seven social sororities: Beta Sigma Psi fraternity.
Other student organizations include Phi Beta Lambda – Students in Free Enterprise (PBL-
Midland Railway of Western Australia
The Midland Railway of Western Australia was a railway company that built and operated the Midland line in Western Australia. It was listed on the London Stock Exchange. Although having its headquarters in London, it had no association with the English Midland Railway. In December 1883, John Waddington representing a syndicate of English capitalists, proposed to Governor Broome to build a line from York via Northam, Bejoording, New Norcia and along the Berkshire Valley to Geraldton under a land grant scheme. A parliamentary select committee recommended the route be altered to branch off from the Eastern Railway at Guildford and run via Chittering, Victoria Plains, Arrino, Upper Irwin and Dongara to Walkaway where it would join the Western Australian Government Railway's line from Geraldton; the agreement was signed on 27 February 1886, with work commencing a few days later. Under the land grant scheme, 12,000 acres of land was granted for every mile of railway completed, a total of 3,319,000 acres.
The consortium was able to select land within 40 miles of the new railway. Financing problems delayed construction with construction being suspended in June 1887; the Government tried to rescind the contract, but could not as the consortium had until 1890 to complete the first 160 kilometres of the line. On 21 March 1890, the Midland Railway Company of Western Australia was floated on the London Stock Exchange and Herbert Bond purchased John Waddington's shareholding in the consortium and work recommenced on the 446 kilometre line from both ends; the first section from Midland Junction to Gingin opened on 9 April 1891, followed by Walkaway to Mingenew on 16 August 1891. The rest of the line opened in stages until the two sections met on 1 November 1894. Between 1905 and 1918, the company pursued a scheme of land classification and settlement led by land agent and politician James Gardiner; the first subdivision was auctioned at Moora on 22 June 1906. By 1911, 16 subdivisions between Midland Junction and Dongara had been auctioned.
From 1910, Gardiner managed the Ready Made Farms Scheme, which provided cleared and fenced farms with houses to prospective settlers. The townsites of Coorow and Carnamah formed the backbone of the scheme; the scheme was advertised to British citizens and was moderately successful, with 35 of the 58 farms sold by the end of 1915. In 1915, the Western Australian Government Railways opened the parallel, but longer Northern Railway route about 50 kilometres further east via Wongan Hills and Mullewa. Between 1914 and 1917, business declined and the company operated at a loss; this was brought on by decreased revenue owing to the construction of the Northern Railway, crop losses due to drought, the loss of men from districts owing to World War I, the imposition of new federal taxes. In 1918, the land settlement scheme was wound up. In 1922, the MRWA made the first of a number of proposals for the Western Australian Government Railways to purchase it. In December 1962, with much of the track and rolling stock in need of replacement, the company entered negotiations for the WAGR to purchase the business.
This was concluded in December 1963, with the sale effective 1 August 1964. Up until it cessation, a weekly passenger service operated over the line. In 1946, the Midland Railway Company began operating a bus service between Geraldton. Buses to conduct wildflower tours. In 1948, it began operating Wildflower Study Tours from Perth and along roads to and from Geraldton through the northern wheatbelt. In 1948, it began operating truck services. By 1962, seven road coaches, six trucks and two prime movers were operated; the Midland Railway established its headquarters at Midland Junction. On, in 1904, the WAGR relocated their workshops from its overcrowded site at Fremantle to Midland also; the site of the Midland Railway Company Workshops. A different and separate workshops north west and the other side of the main rail corridor from the Midland Railway Workshops and marshalling yard is now the location of the Centrepoint shopping centre and its car-park. At the time of the sale, the MRWA operated nine diesel locomotives, 10 passenger carriages and 602 freight wagons.
The MRWA operated nine B, five C and two D class locomotives. All were withdrawn from service in the 1950s. B6 was placed on a plinth in a park in Geraldton as a display, but in 2000, was removed due to poor condition and road transported to Midland Railway Workshops for possible restoration by members of Rail Heritage WA. However, the group could not proceed with the work required, were required to vacate the workshops site to allow the site to be redeveloped, with B6 moving to the Western Australian Rail Transport Museum, Bassendean, it has since moved to Walkaway. In 1957, MRWA took delivery of its first diesel powered locomotive in the form of diesel mechanical shunting unit E30. A year the first of seven F class mainline diesel electric units entered service. In 1963, two G class were delivered but due to their axle loading were restricted to working between Midland Junction and Watheroo. B6 stored at Walkaway E30 preserved at Western Australian Rail Transport Museum, Bassendean F40 operational with Hotham Valley Railway, Pinjarra F41 static display within the Moora Railway Reserve near station F43 preserved at Western Australian Rail Transport Museum, Bassendean G50 operational with Hotham Valley Railway, owned by Rail Heritage WA In 2002, the name was revived by South Spur Rail Services for a restaurant train business that ran the Spirit of the West for a number of years
Midland, North Carolina
Midland is a town in southern Cabarrus County in the U. S. state of North Carolina. Located in the Charlotte region of North Carolina, Midland is a 30-minute commute to uptown Charlotte; the name of the town is derived from its location halfway between Charlotte and Oakboro on the railroad line. As of July, 2014, the town population was 3,507. Visitors and new residents to the area are surprised to learn the local pronunciation of the town's name. In local parlance, "Midland" is pronounced as a spondee, with nearly equal verbal emphasis on both first and last syllables. Other Midlands around the country, including those in Texas and Michigan, are pronounced with emphasis on the first syllable. While Midlanders may refer to "MID-lind," Texas, they themselves live in "MID-LAND," North Carolina; the U. S. Postal Service has maintained a post office in Midland for many years, rural mail routes extend from Midland into portions of four counties. Midland began as a railroad town about 1913 with the arrival of rail service via the North Carolina Railroad.
The town is now incorporated, as of 2000. Prior to Midland's becoming a railroad village, a community named Garmon existed in the area around the Garmon Mill begun by Michael Garmon in the late-1700s, Garmon appears on an 1864 map of North Carolina. Another community located to the west, Cabarrus Station predated Midland as a railroad stop, has been incorporated into the town of Midland; the economy of Midland was agricultural with some textile-related manufacturing jobs. With the growth of Charlotte to the west, farming has played a decreasing role in the economic life of the town. Midland has become a bedroom community for those commuting to work in nearby Charlotte and Concord. For many years, there were few "outsiders" moving to Midland, but over the past two decades, many people with no familial roots in the area have settled there. New residents are attracted to the area for its lower taxes, less expensive housing and real estate prices, a more rural flavor than that, to be found in Charlotte or the surrounding larger communities.
The Reed Gold Mine, site of the first discovery of gold in the United States, is located east of the town. The Reed Gold Mine is open to the public. Visitors to the mine can tour a museum with extensive information and displays on North Carolina gold mining, can walk through several hundred feet of mine tunnels; the area was an important gold mining center in the 19th century. The Bethel Church Arbor, John Bunyan Green Farm, Robert Harvey Morrison Farm and Pioneer Mills Gold Mine are listed on the National Register of Historic Places; the climate in Midland is temperate, with hot summers. Thunderstorms are frequent in warmer weather. Severe weather occurs and a few tornadoes have been recorded in Midland and its vicinity. Snow accumulations occur on occasion in the winter, anywhere from zero to three significant accumulations of snow might reasonably be expected in an average winter. Accumulating snows melt away between snow events, there is no consistent snowpack in winter. Pleasantly warm daytime temperatures may be experienced into November.
Rainfall averages 40–45 inches per year. The town sits 500–550 feet above sea level; the land is rolling with no high points. The most common soil type is a red clay; the area is drained by the Rocky River, small and shallow. Trees are abundant. There are no significant lakes in the town. Coordinates for Midland are 35°13′38″N 80°30′03″W; the town is located 249 miles northeast of Atlanta, 526 miles southwest of New York City, 614 miles southeast of Chicago, 650 miles north of Miami. From Midland, it is 3,792 miles to the North Pole. US Highway 601 and NC 24/27 are the major highways. There are two traffic signals in the town - one at the intersection of Highway 601 and State Road 24/27, north of Midland proper and was once known locally as "Hell's Half Acre", the other at the intersection of State Road 24/27 and Bethel Church Road. Via US 601 it is 15 miles north to Concord and 18 miles south to Monroe, while NC 24/27 leads east 19 miles to Albemarle and west 21 miles to the center of Charlotte. Midland has a small downtown area along Kingsbury Drive.
There are four buildings along the road in the area as well as a crosswalk. During the past two decades, Midland has become an industrial manufacturing hub within the Charlotte region. Corning operates a large-scale fiber-optic cable manufacturing plant in Midland that underwent a $50M expansion in 2012. Intertape Polymer Group announced in 2016 that they would build a $49M advanced manufacturing plant for the e-commerce sector north of the Corning plant. Transportation to Midland is limited to automobile traffic; the town is no longer served by passenger rail service, there is no public general aviation airport within 15–20 miles. Commercial flights to the area are handled through the airport at Charlotte one hour's drive to the west. Charlotte Douglas International Airport has several hundred passenger flights per day with nonstop service to many locations in North America as well as service to Europe and the Caribbean basin; some air passengers use the new Concord Regional Airport, which has limited passenger air service, the Piedmont Triad airport at Greensboro, or at Raleigh/Durha