A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain
- Volume 6 - SCOTLAND - The lowlands and the Borders
- Railway History In Pictures
- by John Thomas
- Scotland had a separate, independent railway system before railway links were established with England. It had its own 'Scotch' gauge of 4ft 6". It had its own Father of Railways, who in 1824 took the front page of four issues of the Scotsman to propound his theory that the little wagonways of the time should be linked up to form a national railway system. Even after they were connected physically with the English lines the Scottish railways retained their national character.
- The country between the Forth-Clyde valley and the Border is rich in railway activity. The battle of Prestopans of 1745 was fought across a waggonway. The conventional railways were cradled among the coal and mineral fields of the Monklands. In the 1840s and 1850s railway promoters built lines from Glasgow down both banks of the Clyde and succeeded in taking away most of the traffic that the steamboats had generated on the river since the coming of the Comet in 1812. Rival companies linked Scotland's two principal cities, Edinburgh and Glasgow, and fought a relentless war for the traffic. In the peak years three companies were sending expresses to England over four routes.
- In this volume based on very extensive original research by Scotland's foremost railway historian, the reader is taken with the developing railways as they spread from town to town, tapped the coalfields, explored the rural valleys, exploited the holiday resorts, even reaching the golf courses, all the time changing the face of the country and the lives of the people
- 288 pages, 1971, Case bound, fold out map, 5½" x 8¾"
- ISBN-10 0715354066
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