A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain, Volume 6: Scotland - The Lowlands and The Borders
Second, revised/enlarged edition
Few areas in Great Britain were served by such a complex system of railways as the Lowlands and Borders of Scotland. Projected and built in the first instance to develop the vast mineral fields of Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and the Lothians, these lines had a history fully as interesting as any of their better known contemporaries south of the border. Many were established long before railway links were formed with England, and a separate national character evolved which distinguished the Scottish lines. This was never lost, and traces remain to this day, long after they have formed part of a single, national British railway system.
After years of political scheming and manoeuvres, the Lowlands and Borders eventually became the preserve of Scotland's three largest railways. These companies fought for traffic in the coalfields, in the environs of Edinburgh and Glasgow, in the rural districts, and even afloat, where their passenger steamer fleets carried rivalry into unlikely places. In the peak years they were sending express trains to England over four main lines, carrying a huge mineral traffic, operating complex suburban services, running hotels and golf courses, as well as undertaking a multiplicity of other activities. They were in truth the very backbone of Scottish industrial and commercial life.
Based on very extensive original research, this volume tells the story of the developing rail-ways as they spread from town to town, opened up the coalfields, explored rural valleys, exploited holiday resorts, and eventually extended from the underground lines of Glasgow to the windswept Border hills, all the time changing the face of Scotland and the lives of her people.
Hardback with dust jacket, 325 pages, black & white photographs, pull-out map at rear
Condition: Very Good with a little wear to DJ
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