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The Association was formed in 1964 to bring together all those interested in the Great North of Scotland  Railway, throughout its history. The founders of GNSRA realised the need for a dedicated body devoted to the study of a specific railway, at a time when few such societies existed.  More than fifty years later, much  has been learned but - as new sources of information appear - new avenues of research continue to open up.  There is still much to be unearthed. GNSR was one of five railway companies in Scotland in the Victoran era. It served the north east of Scotland from Aberdeen to Elgin, a largely-agricultural area which included the fishing ports of Buchan and the splendid scenery of Deeside and Speyside. If you want to know more about the railways of this area at any period of their history, then you will find plenty to interest you on this site and in the publications of the Association. Or why not consider joining us? We are a friendly group which holds a couple of meetings each year in Aberdeen and organises a summer outing to discover what is left of the railway. Members receive the quarterly Great North Review, an A4 size magazine which features articles, photographs and queries about the railway, plus news of current events, book reviews, etc. Modellers will get the latest information on kits available and will find prototype details in our drawing and photo collections. Members also receive discounts on our publications. The Association has an extensive archive consisting of photographs and drawings, together with small artefacts. We actively seek to add to that collection and to make it accessible to members. A selection of our photographs is presented in the Photo Gallery. Currently our membership stands at over 300, spread all over the country, with a number from Europe and beyond.  Meetings are held regularly in Aberdeen and its surrounding area. Members' interests vary  widely, from historical to present day, from research to modelling. GNSRA has built up an extensive photographic and drawing collection, much of which has now been  digitised.  The collection includes many original drawings rescued from GNSR's Inverurie Works. Material  of significant importance is lodged with local libraries or at the Grampian Transport Museum, to ensure  conservation and safe-keeping. The Association has a proud record of original research and publishes much material about all aspects of  the GNSR and its constituent lines.  Books published by GNSRA may be purchased here.  At the time of writing (Winter 2019), GNSRA is intending to register with the Office of the Scottish Charity  Regulator (OSCR) as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO).  This will probably happen  during the year 2020.
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