© Don Marshall 2015
Formed in 1846 from the amalgamation of two fairly local railways, the Great Northern Railway later became one of the premier railways of the Pre Group era with a fast main line service between London (Kings Cross) and York. (OK, I'm biased. My father worked for the GNR). The locomotives were grass green (approx RGB 30-80-26). If in doubt, go to the NRM and look at No 990 Henry Oakley or the Stirling Single No 1. Coaching stock was varnished teak. It is my belief that the apple green used by the GNR was the same shade as that adopted by the LNER in 1923. There are different views on this.
Great Northern Railway