The Spey Viaduct
1883, Great excitement. At long last the villages and towns of the north east were to have a coastal railway built by the Great North of Scotland Railway Company and it was going to pass through Garmouth. Can you imagine – no more long waits for the irregular, three-times weekly omnibus. Heavy goods delivered almost to the door. Summer visits from family and friends with few transport problems to overcome and the joy of young and old on hearing and seeing the chugging steam engines stopping at their very own station.
It is four years since I began this series and this time for sure the barrel is dry. However, rather than let our stalwart, hardworking editor down, I thought I might muse a little on my own roots
Great, Great, Great Grandfather Thomas Hustwick was born in Hull in 1751 where he served his apprenticeship as a shipwright, probably with his father (Shipwright Thomas Hustwick Senior, 1720-1797). As a major seaport Hull offered plenty work for shipwrights, but by 1784, aged thirty-three, young Thomas was in Dover, with his common law wife Jane Rapely, daughter Frances and son Robert, building large ships for the Navy and the East India Company.