The History of Leith

August 3, 2007

Impact of the Railways

When Victoria came to the throne in 1837 very few railway lines had been opened in Scotland, and those which were operating were mainly for the benefit of industry, transporting coal and other raw materials between Glasgow, Dundee and Edinburgh. By the turn of the century, within one generation, nearly all of Scotland’s railways had been built, linking most major towns and many small villages, stretching from the Borders in the south to Thurso on north coast, and operating many lines which are shut and deemed unprofitable today. Journeys which had taken days prior to Victoria’s reign, when the fasted method of travel had been the horse-drawn carriage, were now completed in a matter of hours.for more click here

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