North British Railway Company

Scope and Content

Miscellaneous legal and parliamentary papers relating particularly to the North British and Edinburgh and Glasgow (Bridge of Forth) Railway Bill 1865, 1862-1865; also Edinburgh and Dunfermline and Perth Railway Bill 1863; Tay Bridge and Dundee Union Railway Bill 1864-1865.

Administrative / Biographical History

The North British Railway Company was incorporated in 1844, gaining authorisation to operate a line running from Berwick to Edinburgh with a four mile long branch line running to Haddington. The main line opened in 1846 with the branch line operating from 1856.

The North British soon expanded its influence both by absorbing rival railway companies (for example the Edinburgh and Glasgow line was taken over in 1865), and by becoming involved in large building projects such as the building of the Tay rail bridge in 1878 and, in a joint venture with the Midland and the Great Northern and North Eastern companies, the building of the Forth rail bridge in 1881.

The North British Railway Company was absorbed into the London and North Eastern Railway Company in 1923.


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Related Material

MS 105/P Maps and plans

MS 17/2 Thornton Collection: North British Railway Co

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