Great North of Scotland Railway Locomotives, by High Gordon

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Great North of Scotland Railway Locomotives, by High Gordon

Great North of Scotland Railway Locomotives, by High Gordon

Book published by Irwell Press in 2008, 91 pages. Hardback - c.21.5cm by 30cm (N6449X1)

From the rear side cover: The Great North of Scotland was the smallest of the five major railway companies in Scotland, comprising a main line from Aberdeen to Elgin with alternative routes from Keith and with branches to Boat of Garten, Lossiemouth, Banff, Macduff, Fraserburgh, St.Combs, Peterhead, Boddam, Old Meldrum, Alford and Ballater. After inauspicious beginnings the Great North provided the inhabitants of Aberdeenshire, Banffshire and Morayshire with what must have been, from the 1890s and for the remainder of its existence as a separate company, one of the best train services, relative to the density of population, in Great Britain.

The Great North, even in its salad days, was never without its small group of admirers and it is perhaps fortunate that these often included some of the most influential persons resident in the area. One such was Mr.William Ferguson of Kinmundy who, as chairman of the company and with the able assistance of Mr. Moffat and of Mr. Reid, brought about a spectacular improvement in its operations. The first Marquis of Aberdeen and Temair spent many happy hours in his youth riding on the footplate of Cowan's colourful engines' his son and grandson who succeeded to the title, Sir Malcolm Barclay-Harvey (the author of A History of tire Great North of Scotland Railway), and several other prominent people were active Great North fans. The knowledge that their company's performance was the object of critical scrutiny by such persons, whether it were welcome or not, must have served to some extent as a stimulus and incentive to the board of directors.

The GNSR Association, founded in March 1964, now constitutes a valuable and extensive source of information on the subject; with a current membership of over 300, its activities are mainly, but not exclusively historical. It publishes a quarterly magazine as well as miscellaneous booklets and abstracts on specialised subjects.

The condition of the book is generally excellent. The covers have one or two very minor scuffs but are clean and bright, the spine is tight and intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.

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