Road Services - Railway Buses in North East Scotland, 1854 to 1930
The Great North of Scotland Railway served the North East of Scotland from its base in Aberdeen. It was one of the earliest operators of motor buses and the third railway company to introduce them, in 1904. However the Company had an extensive network of "Coaches in Connection" with trains from the opening in 1854 of its first line from Aberdeen to Huntly, using mainly contract operators, as well as a large goods collection and distribution network. The bus services passed to the London & North Eastern Railway in 1923 and then to W. Alexander & Sons Ltd in 1930. Many routes are still operated by its successors to this day.
This new and detailed study uses contemporary newspaper and documentary sources to tell the story of how the GNSR road services became an important part of the transport system of North East Scotland and the challenges faced by operators of primitive early twentieth century vehicles. Details of all the routes and the buses and lorries which operated them are included and it is illustrated with over 180 photographs, maps and drawings.
Softback, 128 pages, black & white photographs
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Updated: 1 June 2020