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1799  Mines Act
Abolishing slavery of miners; Miners and salt miners released from binding to employers.
1842  First use of a Royal Train
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1911  Dingwall and Skye Railway
Highland Hotel [Strathpeffer] opens.
1928  William Beardmore & Co Ltd
Parkhead investment halted by management.
1939  Gourock Extension Railway (Caledonian Railway)
Passenger train derails at Gourock, alongside the signal box.
1941  Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours
Loss of SS St Patrick on service from Rosslare Pier to Fishguard Harbour when bombed by German aircraft. Steamer service withdrawn in November. (See also Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours [Ireland].)
1949  Balerno Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Balerno to Edinburgh (Balerno Junction) officially closed to passengers, although actually suspended in 1943.
1955  Mid Kent Railway (South Eastern Railway)
Addiscombe (Croydon) renamed Addiscombe.
1955  Portpatrick Railway
Loch Skerrow Halt re-named Lochskerrow.
1960  Dornoch Light Railway
Dornoch to The Mound (excluded) closed to all traffic. The Mound closes to passengers.

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Great North of Scotland Railway class D40 4-4-0 No 49 <I>Gordon Highlander</I> standing at the north end of Dumfries on 13 June 1959. Dumfries North box is directly behind the locomotive and the large Caledonian goods shed stands in the right background. No 49 is preparing to take the SLS <I>Golden Jubilee Special</I> north on the last leg of its journey to St Enoch.

Great North of Scotland Railway class D40 4-4-0 No 49 Gordon Highlander standing at the north end of Dumfries on 13 June 1959. Dumfries North box is directly behind the locomotive and the large Caledonian goods shed stands in the right background. No 49 is preparing to take the SLS Golden Jubilee Special north on the last leg of its journey to St Enoch.

A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) (1959)

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Photograph taken c. 1959 but where? Added 11 September 2017.

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Related to Wardhouse.

The Spanish Gordons

The Gordons of Wardhouse are associated with Spain and their sherry business from the late 1700s, dividing time between Spain and Wardhouse. Juan Jose Gordon even had a bull ring behind Wardhouse.

The family, González-Gordon, is still associated with González Byass . Used barrels find their to Scotland for re-use at distilleries, such as Dalmore Distillery.

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Steam Memories North East Scotland. Images from the Neville Stead collection. Compiled by David Spaven

ASIN 1913893030
Publisher Totem Publishing
Published 2021-01-31
Author(s) Spaven, David

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Scotland from the Rails: A Window Gazer's Guide (Bradt Travel Guides (Bradt on Britain))

ASIN 1784777625
Publisher Bradt Travel Guides
Published 2021-02-16
Author(s) le Vay, Benedict

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East and North Eastern Steam - Former LNER Territory 1947-1958: The Railway Photographs of Andrew Grant Forsyth

ASIN 0750998547
Publisher The History Press
Published 2021-11-11
Author(s) Dickson, Brian J.

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Lost Railway Walks

ASIN 0008319243
Publisher Collins
Published 2019-02-07
Author(s) Julian Holland

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