North British Railway | competition


The Caledonian Railway had been able to offer a through rail service without change of train via Carstairs since March 1848. The fastest trains between the two capitals on both routes then took a little over ​12 12 hours; the East Coast journey included the two transshipments, at the Tweed and the Tyne.[9] and the cheaper steamship service between Leith and London still took the bulk of the passenger traffic.[17]

Mineral traffic, in particular coal from the Lothian coalfield, was the largest source of revenue, although delivery to the West Coast harbours and the developing iron smelting industry in the Monklands was problematical.

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