RailwayManiac: Railway Air Services

For a look at when the ‘Big Four’ railway companies operated domestic airline services within the United Kingdom take a look at my latest blog post on Railway Air Services

Even back in the 1920s the “Big Four’ railway companies were aware of the development of transport especially the growth of the domestic airline industry which they perceived as a serious threat, so in 1929 the ‘Big Four’ – GWR, LMS, LNER and SR – obtained Parliamentary approval to run their own air services. Apart from SR’s unsuccessful attempt to take control of Imperial Airways nothing much happened until 1931 when the four railway companies made an arrangement with the then Imperial Airways Ltd. for urgent freight and parcels addressed to a destination on any air route operated by Imperial to be handed in at certain railway stations and forwarded at an inclusive freight charge.

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Edward Kendall

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