Midland General, Notts & Derby and Mansfield District, as they are more familiarly known, formed a single group of companies called the Midland General Group which was owned by Balfour Beatty & Co. Ltd. From the early 1900s the ‘Group’ provided the main means of transportation for the people of the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Coalfield; the largest coalfield in Britain.
This website charts the development of tramways, trolleybuses and buses provided by the main constituent companies within the group up until, as part of the National Bus Company, Midland General was merged with the Trent Motor Traction Co. Ltd. in 1972; when Midland General ceased to be, with all stock, buildings and staff being transferred to Trent.
At that same time, Mansfield District was merged with East Midland Motor Services Ltd.
This website focuses, in particular, on the following companies:
Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Tramways Company
Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Traction Company
Midland General Omnibus Company Limited
Mansfield and District Light Railway Company Limited
Mansfield District Traction Company Ltd.
as well as the companies who were ‘acquired’ along the way as the group rapidly expanded in the early years. Other operators who provided bus services to the area covered by the Midland General group are also featured and there will be sections on East Midland Motor Services Ltd. and Trent Motor Traction Co. Ltd. with others to follow.