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Gerald Baker

Railways, motoring, aviation, maritime, industrial history, canals & inland waterways, topography, interesting ephemera, official publicity of the British railway companies. Occasional catalogues on specialisms and in advance of book fairs.


Anon for the Great Central Railway

Per Rail. Transportation is the Life Blood of Commerce 1913


Great Central Railway, 1913, 238pp, aeg, illustrations (in the text & full page), fold out 'Bird's Eye View of Immingham', fold out 'Colliery and Industrial Map', fold out 'Map of the Great Central Railway and its Connections', blue silk bookmarker, blue leather covers with titles and 'Sir Sam Fay' in gilt blind. The contents are in very good condition, with some foxing to the end papers and the two maps. There are some archive tape repairs verso to the View of Immingham and the GCR map. The spine is faded.

Sam Fay was a career railwayman - he joined the London & South Western Railway as a clerk in 1872, he rose up through the ranks and in 1892 he was seconded to the Midland & South Western Railway as Secretary and General Manager, which he saved from bankruptcy, before returning to the LSWR in 1899 as Superintendent of the Line. In 1902 he was appointed General Manager of the Great Central Railway and in 1912 he was knighted by King George V during the Immingham Dock opening ceremony. He retired from the GCR at the end of 1922 on the grouping of the railways and died in 1953. This is Fay's copy of a remarkable & impressive piece of GCR publicity published just before the outbreak of World War I.