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.
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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of the Scottish Highlands Series
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.
volumes in this series include:
I - "The West Highland Railway"
II - "The Highland Railway"
VOL III - "The Great
North of Scotland Railway"
VOL IV - "The Callander
& Oban Railway"
- "The Skye Railway"