Railways of the Scottish Highlands Series - Volume 3: "The Great North of Scotland Railway"

AUTHOR: H. A. Vallance, updated by GNSR Association
ISBN:0 946537 60 7
PRICE: £12.95
PAGES: p/b; 218pp; 216x138mm; numerous illustrations, some in colour.


The GNSR was a compact little system, largely made up of branches, extending northwards and westwards from its headquarters in Aberdeen through predominantly agricultural countryside, fringed by fishing havens along the coast. Passengers and perishables were its chief sources of revenue. In latter days it ran a particularly smart suburban service around Aberdeen, increasingly enterprising expresses, and much fish. Most of the system has now disappeared, yet even where there are no trains, such as along the coast through Ciullen, the interest continues; more recently there was a new growth of traffic on the Aberdeen - Inverness route, the sole survivor for regular traffic.

The GNSR was the only one of the five Highland railways to include the word "Great" in its title yet it was, paradoxically, the smallest. There was no heavy goods traffic, just passengers and perishables; Queen Victoria was herself a regular passenger. First published in 1965, the paperback edition of this work was first published in 1991 and includes much more historical information, some of it in extended appendices which took many months of hard work to complete.

The History of the Railways of the Scottish Highlands comprises five independent volumes, of which this is one. Originally conceived and published by the genius of publishers David & Charles, the series is now cherished and maintained in Scotland by House of Lochar, Isle of Colonsay.

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Railways of the Scottish Highlands Series

The five books which follow tell the unique stories of the railways that penetrated some of Europe's most difficult terrain and opened up scenery as dramatic as may be seen from any train, anywhere. Remarkably, at least part of all five systems are still in use today, some carrying heavier seasonal passenger traffic than ever before. All these books include colour as well as numerous black and white illustrations, whilst appendices list all major facts like openings and closures of sections and stations.

Other volumes in this series include:

VOL I - "The West Highland Railway"
VOL II - "The Highland Railway"
VOL III - "The Great North of Scotland Railway"
VOL IV - "The Callander & Oban Railway"
- "The Skye Railway"

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