Great Northern Railway Gallery (Hardback)
A Pictorial Journey Through Time
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The Great Northern Railway was one of 120 companies that ran trains in Britain during the Victorian and Edwardian period. Formed in 1846, it traded independently for seventy-six years until absorbed into the London & North Eastern Railway on 1 January 1923. Operating a network of nearly 700 route miles it ran trains between King’s Cross, London and York, into the Eastern Counties and the East Midlands, the West Riding of Yorkshire, into Lancashire and even south of the Thames. It developed distinctive characteristics, both in the way it managed its affairs and in the appearance of its trains, stations, signals and signalboxes. Numerous photographs were taken, particularly from the 1890s onwards, by dedicated amateurs attracted to the lineside by the sight of speeding steam locomotives in apple green livery, hauling polished teak carriages. Goods trains and the endless procession of coal trains were not such popular photographic subjects, but by searching out these and images of staff, stations and signalboxes, this book aims to capture something of the spirit of a once-great organisation in the heyday of Britains steam railways.
A simply fascinating and impressively informative illustrated history that is also available for dedicated railroading history buffs in a digital book format (Kindle, $29.99), Michael Vanns' "Great Northern Railway Gallery: A Pictorial Journey Through Time" will prove to be an enduringly appreciated and popular addition to personal, professional, community, and academic library British Railroading History collections.Midwest Book Review
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Vanns certainly presents a splendid collection of period images displaying numerous aspects of the railway's operations.Best of British, October 2019 – reviewed by David Brown
Provides an excellent history with an injection of new information.Bookseller Buyers Guide