The New Railway: The Earliest Years of the West Highland Line John McGregor

ISBN: 9781445647326

Published: December 19th 2015

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128 pages


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The New Railway: The Earliest Years of the West Highland Line  by  John McGregor

The New Railway: The Earliest Years of the West Highland Line by John McGregor
December 19th 2015 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 128 pages | ISBN: 9781445647326 | 10.12 Mb

From 1901 Mallaig fish was for some 60 years a staple traffic on the West Highland Railway, while the 40-mile Mallaig Extension became (and has remained) a renowned scenic experience. But the prospects of the West Highland, a latecomer to the regionMoreFrom 1901 Mallaig fish was for some 60 years a staple traffic on the West Highland Railway, while the 40-mile Mallaig Extension became (and has remained) a renowned scenic experience. But the prospects of the West Highland, a latecomer to the region and authorized no further than Fort William, were at first uncertain.

Continuation to the western seaboard was not assured. Extension through the Great Glen to Inverness was fiercely contentious. The ensuing inter-company strife was complicated rather than resolved by halfhearted Governments, who recognized the economic and social needs of the western Highlands and Islands but baulked at a comprehensive policy of transport improvement.In 1894, against this politically charged backdrop, the West Highland opened to Fort William, a town of scarcely 2,000 inhabitants- and there began the down-to-earth business of operating a new and exacting line, on which much remained unfinished, through 100 miles of largely empty country altogether a story in its own right.In this book, Dr John McGregor brings the early years of the line to life with a lively, richly illustrated discussion.



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