The Great Northern Railway: Volume 1, Origins & Development
This, the first volume in John Wrottesley's comprehensive history of the Great Northern Railway, charts the origins and developments of one of Britain's oldest and most famous railway systems. Prepared comparatively late, in 1843-4, the time of the 'Railway Mania', the GNR was to enter into fierce competition with rival railways throughout its long life, but it finally emerged as one of the most important routes linking London with the north, and established itself as an essential asset to the economy of the country.
Beginning with the inception of the railway in 1844 and authorization in 1846, this volume describes the parliamentary contests of these early years, the associated and rival schemes, and the violent opposition by George Hudson, The Railway King! It follows the construction of the original lines, with details of the engineering features and the early train services, particularly that of coal traffic - so important then as it still is today. From early days, and throughout its career, the railway had some remarkably fast trains. The London suburban services and the lines in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and .the West Riding are all fully described, and an account is given of the association of the GNR with the North Eastern and the North British in the 1850s to form the East Coast Route. Special coverage is given of the Redpath frauds, royal journeys, accidents, and the development of locomotive and rolling stock, and all the names of the principal directors and senior officials are listed up to 1867.
Hardback with dust jacket, 256 pages, black & white photographs
Condition: Good/Very Good with a little sun fading to spine
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