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Great North of Scotland Railway

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1852. The beginning of the railway at Westall.
1891. Express Passenger Locomotive.
1905. No. 29 built by Andrew Barclay, Sons and Co.
January 1923.

of 80 Guild Street, Aberdeen.

1845 The Great North of Scotland Railway (GNSR) was formed in 1845 and received its Parliamentary approval on June 26, 1846, following more than two years’ of local meetings. Its eventual area encompassed the three Scottish counties of Aberdeenshire, Banff and Moray. The railway operated its main line between Aberdeen Waterloo and Keith. Although the line had several branches, its remoteness and the fact that it served an area far removed from the rest of Britain, has resulted in only its main line remaining today.

Construction was to be executed by a firm of contractors of which Mr Charles Brand was a partner. Mr Alexander Gibb, of the firm of John Gibb and Son, was appointed as the engineer.

The works were delayed for some years due to the fallout of the railway mania.

1852 The contract was resumed with Mr. B. H. Blyth as engineer, his brother Edward being resident engineer.

The company also owned hotels in some of the towns and resorts served by its stations.

1888 See Locomotive Stock June 1888

1902 Moved their works from Kittybrewster, in Aberdeen, to Inverurie, about 15 miles away[1]

1908 The line is 336.25 miles in length. [2]

1923 At the grouping of railway companies the GNSR became part of the London and North Eastern Railway.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Wikipedia
  2. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  • The Engineer 1900/03/09