Family Secrets Of York’s Disgraced Railway King


George Hudson


By David Behrens in The Yorkshire Post.


He was the Railway King of Victorian England, and the grounds of his stately home in the Yorkshire Wolds held what was probably the world’s biggest train set.

George Hudson was a pioneering figure of Britain’s emerging railway network, but his career ended in disgrace and bankruptcy.

Much of the detail of his spectacular rise and fall is lost in time, but nearly 150 years after his death, one of his descendants is trying to put the pieces together.

The Rev Nan Hudson, who dedicated her career to outreach work for the church and who once served in India alongside Mother Theresa, arrived in York from her home in Toronto to investigate the curious history of her family’s black sheep.
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