Great North of Scotland Railway Free Pass
George Granville William Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, 3rd Duke of Sutherland KG FRS (1828-1892).
The Third Duke played a key role in the early history of the Highland Railway, being a founder board member of the company and contributing extensively towards the Sutherland Railway, building the Duke of Sutherland's Railway out of his own pocket and also supporting the Sutherland and Caithness Railway.
He was President of the Mont Cenis Railway Company which built the first Fell railway and operated it from 1868-1871 to provide a temporary route over the Alps for rail passengers from Calais to Brindisi until the completion of the
The Great North of Scotland Railway was one of the two smallest of the five major Scottish railway companies prior to the 1923 Grouping, operating in the north-east of the country. Formed in 1845, it carried its first passengers the 39 miles from Kittybrewster, in Aberdeen, to Huntly on 20 September 1854. By 1867 it owned 226 route miles of line and operated over a further 61 miles.
In addition to this was The Duke of Sutherland's Railway built by the 3rd Duke of Sutherland. The Sutherland Railway, which opened in 1868, terminated at Golspie. The Duke paid for the continuation of the line to Brora, thus ensuring a service for his home, Dunrobin Castle.
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