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1897 The Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire and Midland Joint Railway, a collection of joint railways mainly in the Manchester and South Yorkshire areas, was renamed the Great Central and Midland Joint Railway. Because the MS&LR was known generally as "The Sheffield Company" the joint company was usually referred to as "The Sheffield and Midland Joint Committee".
In the South Yorkshire area most of the lines were colliery branches, where the companies joined forces to tap the coal measures and gain a foothold in the lucrative traffic. The main line within South Yorkshire was in two sections:
Also included in the joint committee were short curves linking the partners lines.
In Manchester, most of these lines were on the eastern side of the city: