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IRON RACEHORSES

Five hundred and forty miles In 12h 50m. This season the railway oompanlea haye again bagun to « ■ raao " eaoh other, with this difference as compared with last year, that the fastest speed is attained by trains running between Aberdeen and London, instead of by trains from London to Edinburgh. It is now possible for passengers from " Granite Olty " oC Aberdeen o make the journey to London In the course of tbe same day, for travellers who leave that olty at 6.15 In the morning will reach Loudon at seven o'olook m the evening, This Is a marvellously qolok ran for a distance of nearly 600 miles— the quickest, Indeed, that has ever been attempted between Scotland and England. Let us add too, that the attempt succeeded on Monday— the first day of trial— to a seoond, for the 6 15 morning train from Aberdeen arrived pucotaally at Fuiton at seven m tho evening. The Great Northern Corn* pang did not fare so well on Tuesday, notwithstanding the faot that the advertised time for ooyerlng the distance by the East Court route, whioh is shorter than the Midland and easier to traverse, was fourteen hours less 10 minutes, or an hour and five minutes more than tha West Coast fastest train. The King's Cross train on Tuesday was 27 minutes late. The West Coast 615 train from Aberdeen la entlre'y new, running dlreot to London, and not forming a con* neetlon with the Glasgow or Edinburgh expresses. This train Is deoUred to be the qulokest In the kingdom. A novelty m connection with this train Is that though 20 minutes are aff >rded at Preston for lunoh, those who prefer It oan have lunch baskets supplied on the journey at a moderate oharge,. Besides qelng a great boon to travellers from Aberdeen, the new train will enable letters tbat leave that plnoe In the morning to hp delivered Ibe same evening by the last post In Lindon. Nor are the advantages all, on the side of par-singers from Aberdeen to the metropolis, for both compmles run fast express trains on week days from tho metropolis to Aberdeen Thus from Easton • yeu m-y travol the 510 miles to Aberdeen ln 12 hours 50 minutes — leaving at 10,30 f*.m. and arriving at 11.20 p,j_. From Kine'a Gross to Aberdeen the time taken Is 13 hours, o» slightly more than by the rival route— lo a.m. to 11 p.m.— Home p:»por,

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IRON RACEHORSES Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2230, 19 September 1889

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