100 Years Ago – The Doncaster Airshow of 1909

Monoplane at the Doncaster Airshow in 1909

Marion and I visited the Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington in September. While there we were reminded that the first air show in the UK was held at Doncaster Racecourse 100 years ago – from 15th to 23rd October 1909. This in turn reminded me that the air show featured in GNNs 117, 119 and … Read more

A 2000 Mystery

4-4-0 No. 62000

Yes, it may have been predictable, but nonetheless a most suitable illustration for the first issue in the last year of the century and millennium (oh yes it is!). LNER class D3 4-4-0 was formerly GNR class D2 No. 1075, Doncaster works number 727, built in June 1897, and rebuilt to class D3 in August … Read more

Arksey and the Great Northern Railway

Arksey Station

It might surprise some people to learn that Arksey once had a railway station. The fact that it is now completely eradicated could account for this. What is not surprising to anyone who has to travel through the village regularly, is that Arksey is only accessible (directly from Bentley) by crossing the east coast railway … Read more

In Connection with Ullswater

Originally printed in the Great Northern News No. 208 – July/August 2016 Allan Sibley As a change from our usual GNR holiday postcard for the July/August GNN cover I thought we should have another look at this poster which I first encountered on the wall of the office of the Ullswater Navigation & Transit Company at Glenridding … Read more


Peterborough Station

Apart from the odd chimney, pylon and part-demolished windmill, this panoramic view over Peterborough looks remarkably uncluttered compared with today’s skyline. 1A20 appears very smart in its unbroken blue and grey livery. The source of this early 1970s image is unmistakably a Kodachrome slide! [Tony Kirby] Peterborough (235.09) – David Ingleby Tony Kirby’s image of … Read more

Seasons Greetings, December 1903

This card has been in the Editorial “In” Box for several years but due to our publication schedule there is never the “right” time to use it. The end of October for the November/December issue still seems far to early to be wishing “Christmas Greetings”, while the week between Christmas and the New Year is … Read more

Travelling Gas Tanks

Diagram of a gas tank used to transport gas for coaches

With modern lighting systems in today’s coaching stock, I do not suppose that many people give any thought to how coaches were illuminated from the early days. This article outlines the development of gas lighting in coaching stock and the method of distributing the gas during the years of peak usage. For many years the … Read more