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Pre-grouping Railway Scene No 2: Great Northern
Ian Allan

Pre-grouping Railway Scene No 2: Great Northern

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For one halcyon epoch in the 19th century the Great Northern was the fastest line in Britain, and at that time such an honour meant also the championship of the world. All that was long before the days of intensive public relations campaigns, and it is hard to imagine the 'canny', retiring Scottish locomotive superintendent acting as a publicity agent. Yet so he did. His bogie eight-foot single express engine, although a small proportion of the total stud, caught popular fancy to an extent unparalleled by any other contemporary design. Advertising techniques were developing rapidly when the first of the large boilered lvatt Atlantics appeared in 1902. Those responsible for the art on the GNR were evidently much impressed by the size of the boiler, because in posters it seemed to grow until it reached a diameter of something around 10ft, causing a railway litterateur of the day to remark: 'No 251, bigger-boilered than ever, leers at us from every hoarding'! To the connoisseurs, however, there were many other interesting and worthy locomotive classes on the GNR apart from the Stirling eight-footers and the Ivatt Atlantics, and from the Rixon Bucknall's remarkable collection the distinguished railway author, 0. S. Nock, has selected photographs that vividly reflect the extent and variety of the stock in pre-Grouping years.

Hardback with dust jacket, 18x24cm, 96 pages, black & white photographs

Condition: Very Good

ISBN: 9780711009165

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