The Race to the North
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Boasting the fastest journey time between London and Edinburgh became first a marketing priority and then a matter of prestige for the rival railway companies operating the east- and west-coast routes in the 1880s. The contest was then extended to Aberdeen in the 1890s with the completion of bridges across the Forth and the Tay. David Wragg's account of the period explores the fierce inter-company rivalries, the record attempts and the engineering triumphs and disasters that marked the contest.