Subtitled 'Railway Buses in North East Scotland 1854-1930'
Book published by the Great North of Scotland Railway Association, 128 pages. A4 size paperback (N6485)
From the rear side cover: 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 Ud 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. Contents include:
Early transport Network in North-East Scotland
Arrival of the Railways
Coaches in Connection
Light railways and Road Motors
The First GNSR Road Motors
The 1906 GNSR Provisional Order
Operating the Buses
First World War bus operations
The 1919 Report on Rural Transport in Scotland
Business Returns of the Buses
Accidents and Road Disputes
the LNER Years - Competition and Investment
The Railway (Road Transport) Act 1928
Motor and Steam Lorries
The Road Services in Retrospect
Several appendices, including The Fleet, Liveries, Bus Services, Bus Depots, Financial Results, Coaches in connection, GNSR Road Motor Rule Book 1919, and Road Motor Drivers Duties and Staff Lists
The book is illustrated throughout with lots of black and white and sepia photographs of the vehicles themselves.
The condition of the book is generally excellent. The covers are clean and bright, the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.