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Welcome to the
Great Northern Railway Society website.

We are really pleased that you have found us and we hope that you will like what you see. The site is in the process of being updated and an evolution is going to be taking place so that this can be a focal point for inquiries into the Great Northern Railway, or GNR as it is generally known as well as a forum for members to grow and develop their own interest and passion for the GNR.

As one of the principal players in the seismic changes to industrial Victorian Britain in the mid-19th- century, the GNR has an incredible history to discover that involves everything from the evolution and innovation of all aspects of mechanical and civil engineering (from class-leading locomotive and rolling-stock designs to track-layouts and buildings) to the development of the large corporation, its role in changing society, nationally renowned business leaders and engineers and the legacy it left subsequent generations of railways and society as a whole. Along the way, there was innovation, intrigue, and dastardly dealings as well as national records, first appearances, heroes, and villains.

The Great Northern Railway Society (GNRS) is a diverse group of enthusiasts who all have a passion for the GNR in some way. A huge amount is already known about the GNR, but there is still an untapped gold mine to be found for the budding or established historian, the railway modeler, the steam enthusiast, and anyone else interested in 19th-Century industrial history.

While some of this website will be open for all enquirers, we would also like to welcome and encourage you to consider joining the GNRS to get the full benefit of membership. We are anticipating some significant developments and improvements to the site over the coming months and we hope that you will bear with us while improvements and enhancements are made to it.

Our recently renewed Members Only section (MOS) of the website continues to evolve also. Whilst it is still early days for the new website, we have many plans to add to it for you to use. I hope you will enjoy using this exciting new and evolving facility for visitors and Society members alike. Please bear with us while we gradually make the upgrades as time allows.

We welcome any constructive comments and please let me know your thoughts.

Tim Leffler
GNRS Chairman
Oct 2023