Welwyn North Doncaster GREAT NORTHERN - The Main Line - Part two
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Welwyn North Doncaster GREAT NORTHERN - The Main Line - Part two

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With the second book of the pair examining the engineering and operation of the GNR main line from Kings Cross to Doncaster over the years, we turn our attention away from the metropolis towards the countryside. I have not repeated the preface of Part One, but the comments apply equally to Part Two. This is not a detailed history of the GN main line, but an engineering and operational commentary.



However, it would not be possible nowadays to write a reflective account of this nature without acknowledging the enormous archive of historical material from the many authors who have already written on this subject and I am happy to do so. As I wrote in Part One, the definitive work was that of Charles H Grinling, "The History of the Great Northern Railway". Then there was the work of such as John Wrottesley, R A H (Bob) Weight, F A S Brown, E A J Neve, W A Tuplin and others, latterly Dr Ben Brooksbank. To all these I give my grateful thanks.


While my knowledge of the GN main line is good, it is not infallible, and where there is doubt over any issue or caption, I have said so. Anecdotes were part of the working railway at all levels and I have included a selection where it seemed apposite, as I recall them together with my own memories. Comments and clarification should be forwarded to Irwell Press in the usual way. My grateful thanks go to friends and colleagues over the years, particularly Ken Haysom, formerly Assistant Chief Civil Engineer on the Southern Region of BR and previously Divisional Engineer at Kings Cross.



This has been assembled for your interest, nostalgia and perhaps even amusement. This is my tribute to generations of "GN men and women" who built and ran a good railway that I remember with admiration and fondness.

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